I feel that in looking for alternatives, we need to also understand when opting-out is an answer. This news clip illustrates just how deeply parents feel about the issue and the lengths they’re willing to go to protect their kids from testing.
I’m not saying this resource is ground-breaking or has bold new ideas on alternatives. So, why read it? What it does have is basic information. With so much info out there, it’s easy to get lost in buzzwords and academic jargon. This breaks down alternatives in a completely simple way that can really start the thought process.
Even though this piece (both the written article and the more detailed audio) centers on high schoolers, it’s well-worth the read/listen to for any teacher. Hearing the students talk about their projects really hits home when it comes to what kids can do and how ‘tests’ just can’t capture that.
Coming from a developmental psychology background, I appreciated the focus that the alternatives discussed in this piece had. Child development (across all of the domains) was integrated into an assessment approach, making this article ideal for any teacher who is looking for creative ways to understand the student’s progress in reference to where they are and where they could be.
When I hear, “alternatives to high-stakes testing” I sometimes think, “Oh, no assessment.” Obviously, that isn’t going to happen – and this piece acknowledges that. I enjoyed the ideas and really appreciate that they aren’t throwing out the concept of assessment, just rethinking it.
I love how this piece doesn’t just focus on what’s right now or what’s in the future, but also shows that alternatives to high-stakes testing have been around for years. Everyone has their own ‘ideas’ on alternatives, but this features evidence-based answers!