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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 guide, testing should not be a form of judgment, or a measure of worth, or be used to manipulate or mislead someone. 

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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 a Test, Life is a form of learning, adapting and Surviving.

Surviving 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 test. 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 particular test.
So what does that mean?
What does the test really confirm?
What are the benefits from that test?
What did you learn that was valuable from that test?

Guide 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 or advising.

Assessment is the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth.

Examination is the act of examining something closely (as for mistakes). A set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge. A detailed inspection of your conscience. The act of giving students or candidates a test (as by questions) to determine what they know or have learned.

Test is trying something to find out about it. Measuring sensitivity or memory or intelligence or aptitude or personality, etc.
Put to the test, as for its quality, or give experimental use to.
Acceptance Testing 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.

Test Assessment 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.
Notability (academics)

E-Assessment 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.

Diagnostics (health assessments and examinations)
Assessment Errors (observation flaws)

Evaluation is a systematic determination of a subject's merit, 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 (wiki)
Psychological Assessment, crazy people testing normal people, how ironic. Psychometrics
Vulnerability Assessment
Peer Assessment

Equating refers to 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.

Rubric 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 .
when planning their work.
IQ Testing

E-assessment is the use of information technology in various forms of assessment.
Requirements Analysis determining the needs or conditions to meet for a new or altered product or project.
Physical Test is 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.
Acceptance Testing 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.
High-Stakes Test is 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 employment.
Standards-Based Assessment is 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.
Educational Assessment 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.

Skills Analysis

Final Exam is a test given to students at the end of a course of study or training.
Term Paper 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 driver, 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 particular way.

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.

Passing the Bar Exam 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 the Goal of BK101.

Teaching to a Test is the same thing as teaching ideology, 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 indoctrination, 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 (wiki)

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 schools.

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 making mistakes, it just means that the fear 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 learning.

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 with your life.

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 and Counting the things That Matter.

Timing of Tests, 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 misinformation.

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."   

Reinforcement Dangers

School testing methods are more like a Public Survey then they are an actual Test. 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 Textbooks are filled with propaganda and should only be used as an Index Book. 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 Grade 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 has.

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 video games. 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 and meaning.  

Tests need to be more like a lesson that says that this information and knowledge is important.

Multiple Choice is not testing.  

Process of Elimination
Behavior-Driven Development
Learning and Teaching Methods
Learning without memory is impossible, but just remembering does not guarantee that you are actually Learning.

Connecticut Mastery Test

Standardized Tests in the United States

Educational Testing Service
Problems with Testing
Reasons Why Standardized Tests Are Not Working
Education Assessment Fact Sheet (PDF)
PARCC Testing
California High School Exit Exam CHSEE

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Standardized Testing (youtube)

Fair Test
The National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest)

Educational Records Bureau
Pearson Assessments
International Student Assessment (PISA)
Programme for International Student Assessment (wiki)
Scales (PDF)
National Achievement Test (wiki)
National Achievement Tests
National Assessment Resource
Assessment-Based Accountability System
American College Testing

Standards-Based Assessment

"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". Alex Reid

"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."

Authentic Assessment
Educational Assessment
Concept Inventory

Educational Measurement
Level of Measurement
The National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME)
False Premise of National Education Standards What is Assessed Curriculum?
Entrance Examinations
Testing Maturity Model

Teaching Assessment  -  Curriculum Standards
Standards-Based Education Reform
Core Standards
Content Standards
Program for International Student Assessment
Performance Assessment
Learning Teaching and Assessment 
Inspection and Review
Teaching Resources

Teaching Evaluations
Teacher Vision
Learning and Teaching
Teaching Resources
M.E.T. Project

"We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself."
(Lloyd Alexander)      

Self Directed Learning
What testing should be like

Automated Essay Scoring

A statement in Connecticut's
2006 Mastery Test Mathematics Handbook.
This shows how little some people know. Education will not improve when ignorance is making decisions.

Connecticut Mastery Test (wiki)


The State Board of Education believes 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. 

How much Math does a person need in order to be Intelligent, Productive and Aware?
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.

Tested 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).   

Self-Directed Learning

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 scores alone. 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 success.

Tests That Look Like Video Games
Learning Games

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July  21, 2010  /  Updated August 2, 2012 / March 26th, 2016

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