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If We Get Rid of Standardized Tests, What Takes Their Place?

Liz Dwyer

With the backlash against standardized testing comes fears over what happens if we get rid of them. P.L. Thomas says we must "redefine learning and frame our teaching goals toward whole and authentic behaviors by students," and "we must recognize that students learn by doing those whole and authentic things." So, "Instead of tests, then, and grades, students need extended blocks of time in school to perform in whole and authentic ways (ways that occur in the real world outside of school."

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