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Presentations Replacing Tests

by Gail Robinson

The Hechinger Report

Article excerpt

Presentations and portfolios take the place of tests for some students

Do presentations, projects and portfolios give a better idea of what a student has learned than a class grade or a score on a standardized exam? And are they particularly valuable for students who have struggled in traditional high school classes?

Our take

No More Tests?

Some schools are experimenting with non-traditional methods of assessment that don’t involve multiple-choice, or right or wrong answers. Instead instructors, even at the high school level, are turning to presentations and projects as a means of assessing knowledge attainment—an option that may be particularly helpful for students who struggle with other means of assessment. There are both pros and cons, though. What role might this type of assessment play in your district?

As the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers schools some flexibility in assessment, new methods of determining whether learning has occurred are emerging and being applied at both the K-12 and higher ed levels. There are a variety of ways to assess student learning at the collective (district), classroom and individual level using a range of traditional and technology-enabled assessment tools.

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