Don’t Call it a Sheep

Test prep is becoming more insidious. Rather than being outright drill-and-kill for the multiple choice marathon students are forced to take, now it masquerades as "critical thinking skill development" and "article analysis." We've spent the last few months at school designing writing prompts based on articles. We then had the students read the articles, discussRead More

The Unanticipated Problem with Testing

If you live in Indiana, and if you have children (or have friends with children), you may have noticed some headlines yesterday: ISTEP computer glitches boot out 27,000 students Testing company's problems worsen in third year of contract. Some educators question student results Several Schools Suspend ISTEP+ For Day After Glitch Slows Online Tests IPSRead More

How to Create an Effective Study Guide

Final exams and standardized testing are right around the corner for us. My students have the obligation to sit in a large room and take multiple choice questions that (supposedly) tell us (them?) how much they have learned this year about biology. Naturally, the discussion about study guides comes up more and more frequently fromRead More