ERIC Number: EJ769843
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
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Is More Testing the Answer?
Technology & Learning, v27 n10 p18 May 2007
Testing students once a year, with data reported many months later, is like using an autopsy to determine how to help a patient, says Cindy Ambrose, chief academic officer of the Horry County Schools in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In Horry County and many other districts around the country, assessment that monitors vital signs on an ongoing basis is having a positive impact on student achievement. While educators in other schools worry about the amount of time spent on standardized testing each spring, those in districts committed to "formative" assessment frequently clamor for more testing of the sort that is usable for differentiating instruction and improving district programs. Using the sorts of assessment tools discussed in this article allows educators to monitor vital signs in two key areas: the health of the overall system and the needs of individual students. An equally important aspect of ongoing, formative assessment is the way in which it allows teachers to zero in and respond to the needs of individual students.
Descriptors: Testing, Standardized Tests, Counties, Student Evaluation, Formative Evaluation, Student Needs, Evaluation Methods, School Districts, State Standards, Teacher Attitudes, Flexible Scheduling, Individualized Instruction
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Georgia; Ohio; South Carolina