March 17, 2005

Tests and Tools

Reading this post from Bud the teacher triggered thoughts of previous discussions I’ve had recently with colleagues regarding the use of technology and student assessment.

Bud’s post deals with the use of a dictionary for an English test, but this can easily be applied to the use of calculators or the internet in a testing environment. If we want to test students on their knowledge and memorization skills, then perhaps prohibiting students from using these tools may be important. But what real world environment would tell people they couldn’t use these everyday tools? Another example of why testing needs serious revamping.