ACT III ConferenceMay 19-20 @ NYU
Title: Achieving Higher Standards
We all have standards and all agree that we should have standards. However, we do not agree on how to do the assessment. Currently the high stakes tests dominate the educational landscape. There are good alternatives and I'd like to show you one. I borrow the idea from the classic model of scholarship the PhD. The premise to this program is three pronged: make it public, peer review, and pass it on. All PhD candidtaes must publish their work; they must go through a peer review process; and they must pass their work on for others to use. My question is why do we have to wait till then, the PhD process to begin scholarship? Why not start in fifth grade? In this way the high stakes tests need not be the only assessment we use and they do nto need to be high stakes either. Use tests and the webfolio for assessment.