Oregon HS Teacher: My Students Say Test Represents Their Learning

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Oregon high school math teacher Allan Brunner, the state’s 2006 Teacher of the Year, was curious if Smarter Balanced represented what his students were learning in class. So he went right to the source: his students.

What I didn’t know was how my students would react to the Smarter Balanced test. Would they see taking it as a waste of time? Did they feel they prepared? Was the test easy to “game,” allowing them to guess and get answers right that they didn’t really understand?

And what I really wanted to know was this: Do my students think the Smarter Balanced test is a valid assessment of what they know and can do?

Their answer was an unequivocal yes.

You can read Brunner’s full article from Education Post by clicking the article headline below.

Want to Know If the New Standardized Tests Are Working? Ask the Students.