Alfred and Cynthia decided to take a walk around town. "Read anything interesting lately?" Alfred asked. Cynthia replied, "Well, I just read this great article called Methods of Assessment and Testing Considerations. The article discussed the difference between non-referenced tests and criterion-referenced tests. The main difference being that norm-referenced are formal and criterion-referenced are informal. Also, standardized testing and the concerns with standardized testing were discussed."
3 Connections to Coursework
"Wow that sounds awesome," Alfred said. "I also recently read a chapter out of Understanding by Design, and I thought it was a great read. The chapter discussed what the needs for criteria are and how the criteria we create must be able to properly asses the students understanding of the topic." Alfred then mentioned that the chapter also talked about validity and that it refers to the meaning we can and cannot properly make of specific evidence, including traditional test-related evidence.
2 Applications to Fieldwork
"The information in those two articles is similar to what we discussed in class," Cynthia said. "In Into Dif Cur, Instr, Assess class, we talked about how sometimes the standardized tests that students with disabilities are evaluated on may be slightly unfair because the tests are set so high that even a fully able adult may not pass it. "
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"In my Intro Dif Cur, Instr, Assess class we discussed the difference between formal tests, and informal tests. We also talked about standardized and non-standardized testing," Alfred said. "We talked about how teachers must create criteria and lessons based on the standards that they are required to teach students."
Cynthia and Alfred decided to head home. "The other day, I was in my field placement, and my SBE gave the students a quiz on the Revolutionary War but it wasn't a standardized test because it was made for her class only," Alfred stated. Cynthia then added, "My SBE tells her students the basal or starting point of a unit, and then told them the criteria they have to follow for the lessons in the unit."
After the two friends said their goodbyes, and started to part ways, Alfred called back to Cynthia, "Oh, by the way, if you want to find out more information on the topics we talked about, you should check out, http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/resources/testing/default.htm ." "Sounds great thank you! See you soon!" Cynthia replied.