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ERIC Number: EJ745463
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
How Many Points Is This Worth?
Huhn, Craig
Educational Leadership, v63 n3 p81-82 Nov 2005
A high school math teacher describes how U.S. schools unwittingly erode student learning by using assessments to emphasize the wrong goals. He claims that students have begun to see school as a "game" in which collecting the most points--seen as "capital" or wealth--leads them to success. Instead, he argues, assessment should mean being keenly aware of what students know and understand; having sufficient evidence of this understanding; and offering a grade that accurately reflects this. Only in this way will our students internalize the concept that their ultimate goal is to learn something and gain long-term understanding.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States