Why we need more tests (and 4 ways to do them better)

It is a commonly held belief that there is too much testing in our education system but should we embrace the benefits it can bring? Tes reports.

When pupils are tested on things they have previously studied, they have to use recall skills. 

This boosts retrieval strength and makes it easier to recall again in the future. In other words, testing helps to prevent forgetting. This learning is what Karpicke and Grimaldi call “meaningful learning”. It can be applied to new contexts and isn’t purely a rote response to a learned cue.

The problem isn’t with tests but rather with the high-stakes accountability that has accompanied them.

Read the full article and more ways how to test your class Why we need more tests (and 4 ways to do them better) 

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