Tag Archives: Standardized Testing

Innovative Approaches to Computer-Based Assessment, Part Four

For the past month, I've focused this blog on the role that computers can play in assessing students' mathematical knowledge. I've presented three Web Sketchpad-based examples of assessment with mathematical topics ranging from isosceles triangles, to the Pythagorean Theorem, to the Continue Reading ››

Innovative Approaches to Computer-Based Assessment, Part Three

Today there is no lack of outrage directed at the high-stakes standardized testing that has become so prevalent in the U.S. educational system. A recent opinion piece in The New York Times examines the backlash against the Common Core and lays the blame not on the standards themselves, but rather on … Continue Reading ››

Can Computer-Based Assessment Model Worthwhile Mathematics?

Several weeks ago, Dan Meyer described his experience of completing 88 practice sets in Khan Academy's eighth-grade online mathematics course. His goal was to document the types of evidence the Khan Academy asked students to produce of their mathematical understanding. Dan's findings were disappointing: He concludes that 74% of the Khan Academy's eighth-grade questions were either multiple choice or required nothing more than … Continue Reading ››

Teachers—Walk a Mile in their Classroom

I was lucky enough this past week to visit some classrooms and see teachers using Sketchpad in various ways. It's been seven years since I was in the classroom myself, so for me it was like coming home. It brought back a lot of great memories, though also some reminders … Continue Reading ››

The Standards Are Not The Curriculum

We were so impressed by Jamila Riser's talk at NCSM a couple of years ago that we asked her to present an Ignite! for us this year. Now, we've asked her to guest blog so we can share even more about the amazing work she's doing in Delaware. Jamila is the Director of the Delaware … Continue Reading ››

California Dreaming: Reflections on the ISTE Conference

If you're the kind of teacher I was, you may never have heard of ISTE—the International Society for Technology in Education. I'd never heard of them either. Every year, ISTE puts on a very large, well-organized, and international gathering of teachers, techies, and marketeers in a gadget, … Continue Reading ››

Testing… 1, 2, 3… testing. This is a test. This is only a test.

Nothing like your back going out to make you feel old. Happens to me every few years, and comes out of the blue. Last time it was when I was brushing my teeth. This time it was tying my shoes. Anyway, after a hospital visit I was told to take a couple of days … Continue Reading ››

Without Motivation, Standards and Assessment Are Worthless

I think all of us who have ventured into a high school classroom have faced the challenge of working with students who, for whatever reasons, are not motivated in class.  There are some reasons for this that go well beyond the scope of a math teacher's relationship with a student.  That said, the common approach … Continue Reading ››

Show Me What You Know

I was recently reading a blog where a debate raged regarding the validity of a math activity.  The debate, as I saw it, is between: Side A:  Proponents of math activities that contain a minimum amount of given information so that students must hypothesize, test, and conjecture in order to arrive upon a reasonable … Continue Reading ››

A Farmer Knows That You Can’t Fatten Pigs by Weighing Them All the Time

Unfortunately, some education policy folks believe that the more you test students, the smarter they become. This past weekend I participated in a meeting hosted by COMAP where the primary topic of discussion was the upcoming assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Among the participants were curriculum developers and representatives from both … Continue Reading ››