Aaron Yang

High school Mathematics teacher,

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What should the new public education system look like in regards to assessment?

I spent most of last night and this morning reading the TED Conversations under the keyword "high school". The idea of changing this outdated system has been around, perhaps as far back as the early 1900s when the Montessori system was first established AND rejected by the american education system.

Currently, there is a wave of protest against standardized testing. If we eliminate/diminish the presence of standardized testing, how will we assess our students?

Portfolios? Open ended exams with no right/wrong answer? How will we gauge our educators and students in the classroom to make sure our future is prepared for this fast-paced century?

I am working towards becoming a full-time high school math teacher this Fall and am eager to be a part of this paradigm shift in education. It has been put off far too long.

I look forward to hearing your ideas!

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    Feb 5 2013: Hi, Aaron. I suggest to you using a range of assessment tools, regardless of what additional assessments your school district or state may mandate.

    I have taught a lot of math, including secondary, and have always included a portfolio for students to demonstrate a range of skills on a range of problems of their choice in particular areas I ask them to demonstrate. They also provide their reflections on their level of understanding in each of those areas and room for growth.

    In addition you will want to use formative assessments, including your observation of their responses to questions and their contributions to classroom discourse.

    You probably will want to give exams in class with questions that show whether students know how to apply what they have learned and show their thinking.
    I have had kids do projects as well, helping them pick topics that will be accessible for them. I have sometimes done this for individuals and sometimes for pairs. I have never used "exit problems" for the day's work, but many math teachers do.
    But if you are starting to teach in Fall, you must know all of this from your training, right?
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    Feb 6 2013: Non existent, it should be privatized