Fewer Tests? My precalc experiment
Actually, no tests. Just quizzes, and a final exam. Quizzes are 1 – 6 questions, most typically 3. And anything wrong? They can take the quiz again. Some topics, I want a one question quiz. Or even, in one case, a one question quiz that counted for 3 questions (Gave the kiddies 3 sides of a quadrilateral, and an included angle, and an unincluded angle, and asked for the area and perimeter of the quad).
Is this the vaunted standards based testing? No. No standards were consulted. This is part of playing with developing a new precalculus.
At the end of the year, I’ll need to summarize. For now, the kids love it (a few are neutral. One or two miss tests). Parents love it. Me, I’m okay. Motivation seems higher. There is less discouragement. I am concerned that there is less synthesis, but perhaps I am wrong. The paper work is annoying, both due to the frequency of the quizzes, and the tracking with requizzing individual questions.
But I think eliminating 6 tests a year, even if they are just itsy bitsy classroom tests, is a teensy blow for justice.