Let's take a deeper look at placement testing and its effects.
We are seeing a trend across the U.S. to focus on meeting students where they are, especially in math. Schools are leveraging screening tests to determine what type of learning experience each of their students should have. Take the test, determine the appropriate grade level content, have the student start working -- that is the routine.
There are, however, problems with this approach.
There is something disturbing about blindly accepting these test results -- usually a 60 minute test given at the beginning of the school year -- that only gives one datapoint on a student’s knowledge. Rather, let’s work on teaching students the content that they need to know at grade level and filling in the sub-skill gaps as they appear. Teachers are well suited to work with our students every day, and they know when to apply appropriate remediation. Otherwise, students will spiral down to lower and lower levels and will never be able to achieve learning at the levels set by the standards.
Peter is an educator with over 20 years of strategy, education and product development experience. He led the redesign of a university, built new educational programs, designed content and taught middle school. At Carnegie Learning, Peter shapes our organizational and product strategy and ensures that we continue to develop leading-edge products and services that help all students learn.Explore more related to this author