Multiple Choice Tests Are The New York Jets

“The purpose of large-scale standardized tests is to audit performance, not be an authentic, transparent, and therefore useful assessment of key goals. Nor, by the way, do current district tests in Chicago or most anywhere else meet her standard. How can any test inform instruction if it stays secure?

This is dismaying to realize but it has always been thus. Large external tests – including most district and many school tests – are almost never designed to be exemplary feedback. How could they be, if the test remains secure and if the results come back weeks/months later in only a general form? In addition, by relying on proxies for authentic work – because that is what a multiple-choice item is, a proxy – the feedback, such as it is, is practically useless.”

Grant Wiggins is absolutely right here.


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