The Use of Standardized Tests in Assessing Authentic Learning--A Contradiction Indeed
by Martha Casas — October 12, 2003
This commentary considers how using standardized tests to assess authentic learning and authentic instruction at the elementary, secondary, and collegiate levels is a blatant contradiction. The author states that although some teacher certification agencies urge teacher education programs to provide instruction about authentic teaching and learning, these same agencies require their pre-service teachers to pass a standardized test to receive a teaching certificateï¿½a notable contradiction. The article addresses this similar paradox existing at the secondary and elementary school levels, also. School principals must evaluate their teachers according to how well they implement the best practices in their classrooms including cooperative learning and the use of authentic assessments. Yet, the childrenï¿½s understanding of what they have learned throughout a school year is evaluated by a standardized test. In short, the author illustrates the irony surrounding the use of standardized testing at the different levels of education in this country.
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