Should Portfolios Replace Placement Tests?

How do we know if a student is ready for high school algebra—or college-level English or math? Most K-12 schools and universities rely on placement tests, high-stakes standardized exams, to decide. And, if you don’t do well on that single test, you’re out of luck.

At the college level, one third of students—even those who earned A’s and B’s in high school—have to take remedial courses that don’t count toward their degrees because they didn’t score well on a placement test. But are all those students really that far behind or is there a misalignment between the work they can actually do and what the test questions ask?

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    Yes, yes, yes. I’ve been saying this since I was in high school. I think a major problem in education these days is the...
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    yes, they should.
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    Sometimes tests are appropriate, but they are largely ineffective. Using tests in moderation and putting weight on...
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