Testing - Examinations - Assessments
Everyone needs to fully understand just how ineffective some tests are, and that they can be dangerously
flawed. I don't want some child's life ruined because they did not pass
a particular test. And I certainly don't want a child to be mislead
either just because they did pass a test. Testing should only be a
testing should not be a form of
, or a measure
of worth, or be used to manipulate or mislead someone.
Will this be on the Test ?
Life is your test, if you don't learn, then you fail the test. So who failed?
Me or the teacher?
Now the test has begun...
People should never feel threatened by tests, as if their intelligence is some how being
judged. Testing should only be a tool for learning. Testing
should never be used as a weapon for judging, or controlling, or
used for discriminating people. Testing should only be a tool to
encourage development, and not be used to discourage
development. Testing should only be a tool to measure progress,
and not be used to impede progress.
Life is Not
, Life is a form of learning, adapting
is to live through hardship or
adversity. Support oneself. Stay in Existence. Live.
"Instead of failing because you got half the answers wrong, you should
instead be saying, I got half the answers correct, that means
I'm halfway there."If people
only learn things just to pass a test, then they have already failed the
. You should learn things because they are valuable, knowledge
that you will use in your life. If learning is only to pass a test, then
most people will stop learning because they believe there is no benefit,
like a test grade. Being good just for the reward
There is way too much confusion about testing
and its true purpose.
If the Test itself is flawed, then what's the value in passing the test?
Passing a test usually means only one thing, that you passed a
So what does that mean?
What does the test really
What are the benefits from that test?
What did you
learn that was valuable from that test?
is something that offers
basic information or instruction. A structure or marking that serves to
direct the motion or positioning of something. A model or standard for
making comparisons. Someone who can find paths through unexplored
territory. Direct the course; determine the direction of travelling. Be a
guiding or motivating force or drive. Someone who shows the way by leading
is the classification of
someone or something with respect to its
is the act of
something closely (as for
mistakes). A set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge.
A detailed inspection of your conscience
act of giving students or candidates a test (as by
to determine what they
is trying something
to find out about it. Measuring
sensitivity or memory
Put to the
test, as for its quality, or give
is a test conducted to determine if the
requirements of a specification or contract are met. It may involve
chemical tests, physical tests, or performance tests.
is an assessment intended to measure a
test-taker's knowledge, skill, aptitude, physical fitness, or
classification in many other topics (e.g., beliefs). A test may be
administered verbally, on paper, on a computer, or in a confined area that
requires a test taker to physically perform a set of skills. Tests vary in
style, rigor and requirements.
is the use of information technology in various
forms of assessment such as educational assessment, health assessment,
psychiatric assessment, and psychological assessment. This may utilize an
online computer connected to a network. This definition embraces a wide
range of student activity ranging from the use of a word processor to
on-screen testing. Specific types of e-assessment include multiple choice,
online/electronic submission, computerized adaptive testing and
computerized classification testing. Different types of online assessments
contain elements of one or more of the following components, depending on
the assessment's purpose: formative, diagnostic, or summative. Instant and
detailed feedback may (or may not) be enabled. In education assessment,
large-scale examining bodies find the journey from traditional paper-based
exam assessment to fully electronic assessment a long one. Practical
considerations such as having the necessary IT hardware to enable large
numbers of student to sit an electronic examination at the same time, as
well as the need to ensure a stringent level of security (for example,
see: Academic Dishonesty) are among the concerns that need to resolved to
accomplish this transition.
(health assessments and examinations)
is a systematic determination of a subject's
, worth and significance, using criteria
governed by a set of standards. It can assist an organization, program,
project or any other intervention or initiative to assess any aim,
realisable concept/proposal, or any alternative, to help in
decision-making; or to ascertain the degree of achievement or value in
regard to the aim and objectives and results of any such action that has
been completed. The primary purpose of evaluation, in addition to gaining
insight into prior or existing initiatives, is to enable reflection and
assist in the identification of future change.
Types of Tests
crazy people testing normal people, how ironic.
the statistical process of determining comparable scores on different
forms of an exam. It can be accomplished using either classical test
theory or item response theory. In item response theory, equating is the
process of placing scores from two or more parallel test forms onto a
common score scale. The result is that scores from two different test
forms can be compared directly, or treated as though they came from the
same test form. When the tests are not parallel, the general process is
called linking. It is the process of equating the units and origins of two
scales on which the abilities of students have been estimated from results
on different tests. The process is analogous to equating degrees
Fahrenheit with degrees Celsius by converting measurements from one scale
to the other. The determination of comparable scores is a by-product of
equating that results from equating the scales obtained from test results.
is a scoring guide used to evaluate the quality of students'
constructed responses". Rubrics usually contain evaluative criteria,
quality definitions for those criteria at particular levels of
achievement, and a scoring strategy. They are often presented in table
format and can be used by teachers when marking, and by students .
planning their work.
is the use of
in various forms of assessment.
determining the needs or conditions to
meet for a new or altered product or project.
a qualitative or quantitative procedure that consists of determination of
one or more characteristics of a given product, process or service
according to a specified procedure. Often this is part of an experiment.
is a test conducted to determine if the
requirements of a specification or contract are met. It may involve
chemical tests, physical tests, or performance tests, which is an
assessment that requires an examinee to actually perform a task or
activity, rather than simply answering questions referring to specific
parts. The purpose is to ensure greater fidelity to what is being tested.
a test with important consequences for the test taker. Passing has
important benefits, such as a high school diploma, a scholarship, or a
license to practice a profession. Failing has important disadvantages,
such as being forced to take remedial classes until the test can be
passed, not being allowed to drive a car, or not being able to find
assessment that relies on the evaluation of student understanding with
respect to agreed-upon standards, also known as "outcomes". The standards
set the criteria for the successful demonstration of the understanding of
a concept or skill.
is the process of documenting,
usually in measurable terms, knowledge, skill, attitudes, and beliefs. It
is a tool or method of obtaining information from tests or other sources
about the achievement or abilities of individuals.
is a test given to students at the end of a course of study or
is a research paper
written by students over an academic term, accounting for a large part of
a grade. Term papers are generally intended to describe an event, a
concept, or argue a point. A term paper is a written original work
discussing a topic in detail, usually several typed pages in length and is
often due at the end of a semester.
Passing a driving test does not say that you will be a good
, it only says that you are allowed to drive a car.
Passing a math test does not say that you will count the things
that matter, it only says that you know how to count in a
Passing an English test doesn't mean that you will speak and
write valuable things, it only says that you can speak and write.
Passing a reading test does not say that you fully understand
all the text that you read, it only says that you understood
what was written on a particular test.
doesn't say that you will be a good lawyer,
or does it say that you will be an honest lawyer, it only says
that you can practice law.
Everyone needs to fully understand how ineffective some tests
are, and that some tests are even inaccurate and misleading.
Tests are dangerous because they could give a person a false
sense of accomplishment, they could also give a false sense of
security, and tests could also give some people a false sense of
importance and value. You are literally being coned and taken
for a fool. And the only way to stop this abuse, is to create
more accurate tests. Tests that are proven to work. So the test
itself must be certified, and certified in an open forum of
experts from around the world. We need a stamp of approval,
something that guarantees authenticity. Then we could start
accurately measuring intelligence and abilities, which is
Goal of BK101
Teaching to a Test
is the same thing as teaching
, it's the same thing as teaching someone's version
of reality, it's the same thing as teaching someone's personal
belief, that's not education, that's
, without any vision, without any
responsibility or accountability. It is simply wrong,
inaccurate, ineffective, inefficient, and f*cking criminal, and
you need to stop it.
Teaching to the Test
Stop forcing children to
produce answers for teachers and tests, because it disconnects children
from learning. Children should learn how to produce answers for
themselves, so that they understand that learning is their responsibility
and no one else's. You give them problems to solve, you give them the
tools and resources to locate needed information. Ask a question like how
long would the sound of your voice take to travel around the earth? And
see what they come up with and show them the answers they needed to know
in order to come up with answer. Don't force them to memorize, teach them
how to learn. Test them on how much they understand about themselves and
the world around them. Stop testing them for things that teachers force
students to memorize.
Mastering a subject has
become less about learning and more about performance. If you
ask most students what they think their role is in math
classrooms, they will tell you it is to get questions right.
Everyone should have the
answers to their questions, but everyone should also know how
the answers were calculated and figured out manually.
My child is an honor student is such a stupid saying
It would be better to say, "My child is Totally Awesome, and Smart" The
value of your child is not measured by schools, or grades. The value of a
child is measured by their abilities and the qualities they have learned
in their life. Life is the only true measurer of a person. It's what you
learned in life, and it's not just what you in
We need to use less
generalized words like "good job
", especially after five years
of age, when children get older you should speak in more
details, when they do something good you should say. "I like what
you did there and this is why I like it", instead of just saying
"good job." And also remind them that your opinion is only one
opinion, and not an expert opinion, unless of course you are an
expert, but even then, you should still encourage your child to
always get a second opinion, if they can.
Same thing for calling your kid smart,
tell them why you think
they are smart
, and that being smart doesn't mean they will stop
, it just means that the
of making mistakes
will be less, and that they will also have a better chance of
learning from from their mistakes, but only if they keep
It doesn't matter what school you come from
, what matters is
what you have learned so far? And what you plan to learn more
about now? And in the the future? And why? You must choose how
you want to benefit society, and don't let others make the
choice for you, because it may not be
what you want to do
The test has to have answers to real problems
, so that when
you get the answer right, you know how to solve a real problem,
and not just know how to solve a problem on paper, or on a
computer screen, which you will most likely forget about.
You need to be able to visualize something, you have to be
able to relate to something, if not, then you will most likely forget what
you have learned. This is one of the failures of testing, no one remembers
all the questions and answers on a test, or if the test was relevant to
their life or to their abilities.
Learning by Association
Counting the things That Matter
, if you're not ready, then you will do poorly.
But if the test was only a guide to see how much you know and
don't know, then the test would not be a do or die situation. A
student has the right to choose their own speed of learning, as
long as they are aware of top speeds, this way they can have
something to compare to, and not judged by, only compare.
What good is passing a test if
you just end up forgetting everything about the test later on?
You should remember a test. You should remember that day as
being a day that you learned something valuable, or at the
least, a day that you confirmed that you learned something
valuable, and you should always be able to remember what you
have learned...That is what testing should be. If it is not,
then you're mostly just wasting time, potential, energy and
resources. And the nerve that schools make people pay for that,
how f*cking dare you. So please step away from the child, you
have no right to teach.
Testing has sadly become a weapon of control
and manipulation and a
deceitful method of
. Testing is giving too many
people a false sense of accomplishment
, and worse, testing is
giving too many people a false sense of failure.
If we carefully examined the test
questions you will find that
most questions on tests do not measure understanding, or do they
measure intelligence, which proves that ignorant and corrupt
people should not create tests.
"If you're testing for the things that
don't matter then testing doesn't matter....in a way school
testing is almost criminal"
"Grades don't determine
intelligence, they mostly determine obedience."
School testing methods are more like a
then they are an actual
The test is more about confirming how ignorant you are. But not
to correct your ignorance, but to verify that the schools
ignorant teaching methods have succeeded in making students
mindless and unaware. Most of todays School
are filled with propaganda and should only be used
. They can also be used to show ignorant teaching
methods. So not a total waste of paper, but close.
Knowing the answer to a question on a test
only confirms one thing, and that is that you remembered the
right answer at the right moment. Knowing the answer to a
question on a test doesn't confirm that you understand what the
answer means or does it confirm that the question is even valid.
Admission Tests to Colleges
So what does a
really tell you? You can have low grades and still be
a great person, a great parent and even a great leader, and on
the other hand, you can have high grades and end up becoming a
criminal or a murderer. If you get a "B" then how does that
explain what part of the knowledge you didn't understand?
Grading on a Curve
Testing should not be for telling us how much
you know or how much you don’t know, but more importantly,
testing should be for telling us how much more knowledge you
need to learn. So a test should only be used as a guide and not
be used as a prerequisite or for a final conclusion. This is
because tests rarely confirm exactly how much knowledge a person
This is because the people who design tests are confused
about what the tests true intentions should be.
"Testing is a tool used in the learning process. That is why you need
answers in writing that explain how the information is being
understood. This way a teacher can learn from the students
answers, so they can continue to improve the teaching
methods and continue to improve the testing questions."
Testing should consist of real life scenarios,
scenarios that people would most likely encounter during their
life. This way they can practice problem solving, as well as
test their awareness and their focusing abilities. They can also
test their ability to predict outcomes, because predicting the
future is one of our greatest abilities. You can create some
tests in the same style as some
. Even though it's
not real, the knowledge and information a person will learn is
real. A Test should also have knowledge and information that can
be easily remembered, why else take a test if you're not going
to remember what you learned? Other testing would be a persons
understanding of symbols, languages, and their uses. People with
limited knowledge of symbols and language would have a modified
test, one that is still challenging but a little less complex.
Teachers need to be
tested a much as students, and the test for teachers needs to be
designed by the students.
So your first test will have to be for the people who design
tests. The results of this test must be made public so that all
the questions and answers that are given can be examined and
understood. This way a test can be created that has real purpose
Tests need to be more like a lesson
that says that this information and knowledge is important.
is not testing.
Process of Elimination
Learning and Teaching Methods
Learning without memory is
impossible, but just remembering does not guarantee that you are
Connecticut Mastery Test
Standardized Tests in the United States
Problems with Testing
Reasons Why Standardized Tests Are Not Working
Education Assessment Fact Sheet
California High School Exit Exam
Tonight with John Oliver: Standardized Testing
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)
Educational Records Bureau
International Student Assessment
Programme for International Student Assessment
National Achievement Test
National Achievement Tests
National Assessment Resource
Assessment-Based Accountability System
"Public schools waste away their students' lives
Teaching to Tests
, not because they believe that's the best
way for students to learn, but because their credentials depend
on test scores".
"The Commodification of Learning"
"Imagine teaching to a test that only confirms
10% of the useful knowledge that a human needs.
What ignorant moron would do that? An ignorant moron who was
taught that same way of course."
Level of Measurement
The National Council
on Measurement in Education
False Premise of National Education Standards
What is Assessed Curriculum
Testing Maturity Model
Teaching Assessment -
Standards-Based Education Reform
for International Student Assessment
Learning Teaching and Assessment
Inspection and Review
Learning and Teaching
"We learn more by
looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we
do from learning the answer itself."
Self Directed Learning
should be like
Automated Essay Scoring
A statement in Connecticut's
Mastery Test Mathematics Handbook
This shows how
little some people know. Education will not improve when
ignorance is making decisions.
Connecticut Mastery Test
The State Board of Education
that the recent
debate pitting the acquisition of basic skills against the
development of conceptual understanding argues a false
dichotomy. Rather, basic skills and conceptual understanding are
intertwined, and both are necessary before students can
successfully apply mathematics to the solution of problems. A
strong mathematics program will enable students to do each with
ease. Unfortunately, not enough students in Connecticut or in
the nation are sufficiently developing the facility,
understanding, level of confidence and interest in mathematics
to meet our present and future societal needs. Therefore, we
must fully engage in the quest to provide every student with a
strong mathematics program, beginning in the earliest grades.
Instead of beliefs show some proof, facts and examples next time.
That's what's called "teaching" by the way.
does a person need in
order to be
When, Why and How Much advanced math should a student learn?
Besides, it's not how much Math you teach, but
how you teach it
is something or
someone tested and proved useful or correct. Tested and proved to be
reliable, tried and true, well-tried.
Put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to
Examine someone's knowledge of something.
Determine the presence or properties of (a substance).
Students are stressed out by tests mostly
because most tests are inadequate and irrelevant in measuring
useful intelligence or skills
. Students will only be
excited about test taking when we make tests relevant and accurate in
measuring their abilities and their awareness, things that are valuable to
them at this time in their life...An A or an F does not matter it the test
does not matter.
Performance can not be measured by test
. Real performance can only be accurately measured
by a persons actions in life that produce positive outcomes. A
test score can only be used as a guide, and not a determining
factor of worth. A college degree is only a piece of paper.
Positive actions in reality
are the only indicators of
Tests That Look Like Video Games
The Blank is your mind..
July 21, 2010 / Updated August 2, 2012
/ March 26th, 2016