What’s Wrong with Educational Testing and How We Can Fix it

Currently, nearly all educational and psychological tests are “static,” meaning they are designed to be administered only once to capture a snapshot of a student’s current knowledge and abilities. These static scores are often used to make high-stakes decisions about a student’s futureThere is an alternative to static testing that provides much richer information about students. This procedure—called dynamic assessment—requires tests to be administered more than once with instruction from an educator or clinician in between. A student takes a test, receives targeted instruction on the skills measured by the test, then takes the test again, and this pattern repeats while the student’s score goes up and up. The dynamic assessment procedure is finished when the student’s score stabilizes and no longer improves with the instruction.
Source:  Psych Learning Curve (American Psychological Association)

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