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1994 Fools: review: alt.test
Article: 7 of news.groups.reviews Path: oracle!gatekeeper.us.oracle.com!sgiblab!swrinde!cs.utexas.edu!howland.reston.ans.net!usc!yeshua.marcam.com!zip.eecs.umich.edu!quip.eecs.umich.edu!jimj From: Janus@oracle.org Newsgroups: news.groups.reviews Subject: review: alt.test Date: 1 Apr 1994 14:55:50 GMT Organization: canus vulpes mutual aid society Lines: 41 Sender: Loki@valhalla.org Approved: firstname.lastname@example.org Message-ID: <email@example.com> NNTP-Posting-Host: quip.eecs.umich.edu Summary: alt.test is for discussing new assessment strategies Keywords: testing, assessment, Title XVI section 401, alternative, education Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Newsgroup: alt.test Moderator: email@example.com Description: Discussion alt alternative assessment methods Related-Groups: misc.test,de.alt.test,misc.test.moderated Keywords: testing, assessment, Title XVI section 401, alternative, education FAQ-Location: anon-ftp 127.0.0.1:/etc/motd Reviewer: April I. Sourire Review-Date: 1 April 1994 Education should be about learning, rather than benchmarking against standardized tests. Unfortunately, with the complementary goals of increased teacher and district accountability and standardized curricula, there has been pressure on many educators to "Teach to the Test". The most egregious examples, of course, are Preparation for the SAT type courses, but this problem manifests itself even at the elementary school level. Naturally, there has been a backlash against assessment methods which measure only a student's ability to take a particular test, rather than his or her ability to perform genuine tasks in a more normal environment. Portfolio assessment is perhaps the best known alternative, but certainly not the only one, and suffers from some disadvantages of its own. alt.test was created as a forum for discussing the use and creation of situated assessment methods which more closely represent a student's functional ability. Input is welcome from both researchers and teachers using these methods in the field. The group does retain something of a mailing list flavor -- almost any post can expect to generate several replies. We encourage participants to keep as much of the discussion public as possible, but acknowledge that in many cases, particularly those where privacy concerns are raised, it will fall to the original poster to summarize emailed responses. ======== Mail questions about this review to Dr. Piaget, firstname.lastname@example.org Ask about other groups in either news.groups.questions or alt.i.really.need.to.check.the.date. Mail reviews of other groups and mailing lists to email@example.com, but please remember that they will not be posted today.