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Keeping Tests Up to Date

by EdSurge News

EdSurge

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What Do Rihanna and Oat Nut Bread Toast Have to Do With the New SAT?

Hundreds of thousands of students took the new SAT on March 5. Of the 8,089 who completed a follow-up survey, 71 percent “said the test reflected what they’re learning in school,” and students indicated “by a 6 to 1 margin” that they preferred this new format to the previous one.

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Making Tests More Relevant

On March 5, students around the country were introduced to the new SAT—one designed to use language the students would find more familiar and content more related to what the students are learning in the classroom. More than 8000 students were surveyed after taking the test. Could their insights apply to other test settings?

Tests need to change with the times to ensure that students are being tested about relevant information that aligns with the instruction they’re receiving. These SAT test takers seemed highly favorable toward the changes, suggesting that the test’s authors may be on the right track. Their feedback could also prove relevant when developing, or revising, your own tests.

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