Pearson Plans to Reinvent Testing

Diane Ravitch's blog

From Politico.com:

REINVENTING THE STANDARDIZED TEST: Pearson has been adjusting its internal focus from print to digital; now the global education giant is out with a study of how that shift can improve testing around the world. “Preparing for a Renaissance in Assessment” argues that our current standardized tests – many of them, of course, developed by Pearson – aren’t making the grade. They’re not sensitive enough to accurately assess student performance at either the low or the high ends of the scale. They don’t give teachers timely, useful feedback. And they’re too focused on assessing low-level skills, rather than the competencies valued in today’s workplace, such as critical analysis, personal communication and hands-on problem solving. What’s the solution? Pearson touts the power of adaptive technology to customize exams. It’s also high on using computer algorithms to robo-grade student essays. (The report states as a fact that the PARCC consortium…

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One response to “Pearson Plans to Reinvent Testing

  • jeanhaverhill

    The ills Pearson defines as: “They’re not sensitive enough to accurately assess student performance at either the low or the high ends of the scale. They don’t give teachers timely, useful feedback. ” with the tests we were familiar using have NOT been fixed by any of the Pearson products that the tax payer is paying for. The Pearson PARRC tests have no proven validity or reliability; they are EXPERIMENTAL How can the taxpayer support investments in the R&D for Pearson to develop these experiments on our human subjects ; yes it is experimenting while they re-calibrate their tests they are using our students as guinea pigs . Many teachers and parents have objected to this. Pearson promises that they will deliver a refined product? but what they are doing to our students in the interims is malpractice.

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