EDUCATION! This Moment Calls for more than Adaptability
The calculus test had two questions and it was 45 minutes! Gabriella, my daughter concluded the test was acceptable but new format a bit stressful.
College Board allowed students to sit for a constricted AP exam while International Baccalaureate (IB) tests were canceled. Students will instead be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate, which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student's coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor, and quality control already built into the programs (Ogles, 2020).
The University of California plans to suspend SAT/ACT requirements for 2021 applicants.
Most Universities will accept pass/fail grades for this spring quarter instead of numeric measures.
What does this all mean?
Parents and students have been programmed to measure success by metrics like GPA, SAT, ACT scores, AP 4 & 5. Now they are keenly aware of what critiques of Standardize testing have championed all along - That these measures are biased against minority and under-served applicants who may not have access to expensive test-preparation coaching or quality education.
On the other hand, The UC faculty report released early this year posited that standardized exams remain good predictors of students' success at a time when grade inflation in high schools makes it harder to choose potential university freshmen.
The truth is somewhere in the middle. One thing is sure - Higher Education and indeed all educational systems have experienced a considerable shock. It means that this Moment cannot be business as usual. We must not create stopgaps adaptive systems. Do we need 5 Day week school policies in K-12? In the age of technology and access, teachers can teach more students online than a mortar classroom holds. Maybe we need to renegotiate the importance of social interaction and solution-focused learning as justification for brick and mortar buildings. We must grapple with the notion of inequities and disparities because of nations and communities without access to sustainable technology.
None of these challenges should keep us tethered to a 19th-century education model that is in dire need of deconstruction. We need to create a flexible and responsive system for 21st-century learners.
Reference: Ogles, J. (2020). What's happening with AICE, IB, and AP exams with schools. Retrieved on https://floridapolitics.com/archives/325000-whats-happening-with-aice-ib-and-ap-exams-with-schools-closed-over-covid-19