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ERIC Number: ED497084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1094-6675
Teaching away from Test
Kloos, Beth
National Middle School Association (NJ3), Middle Ground v9 n3 p24-26 Feb 2006
The focus in education in the past 10 years has been on proficiency tests. Every educator in the country is worried about providing opportunities for our students to pass the proficiency tests. Teachers try lots of things--open-ended questions, multi-step questions, essay questions--all in an attempt to get our students ready for The Test. But the author has come to the conclusion in her own career that the way to get her students to pass the proficiency tests is to abandon paper-and-pencil tests entirely. Instead, she assesses what she wants her students to know in an active manner. Here, she describes how she developed her first assessment rubric, and how her students' grades and engagement in her classes increased dramatically when she implemented the new style of assessment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A