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My son’s school will have mid-term exams next week and Burlington High will have them the following week. As I think about this annual event, I can’t help wondering why we even bother with these types of assessments. My understanding is that, in most cases, students will be preparing for tests that require a great deal of memorization and regurgitation of information and provide very little opportunity for students to demonstrate higher-level thinking skills.
“More than half of our facts are gone in an hour, about two thirds are gone within a day, and within a month we’re down to about 20 percent.”
What are we really proving with these “Major Exams” that, in many cases, count for a huge portion of the term and/or semester grade? Couldn’t we alleviate a lot of stress by doing away with them an think of more creative ways to allow students to showcase their learning?
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