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Topic: Direct Instruction
Replies: 14   Last Post: Oct 15, 1995 4:06 PM

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Re: Direct Instruction
Posted: Oct 14, 1995 2:38 PM
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>But if students truly understand the concepts, shouldn't they be
>able to do reasonably well on these "low level" tests?

I agree. In fact, I've thought minimum competency exams might consist of
three parts:

1) Basic skills and concepts
2) Traditional word/application problems
3) Problems reflecting "higher order" thinking skills (what they called
"enhanced multiple choice problems")

For a student to demonstrate competency, s/he would have to pass two of three
parts. Students taught in traditional methods might be expected to excell at
1&2 while students taught in more "Standards" based classrooms might be
expected by some folk to excell at 2&3.

Then you might get some interesting data of unexpected proficiencies.
Perhaps, traditional kids might do better on 3 because they have a better
basis or perhaps we'd find "Standards" based students would excell at 1
because they truly learned the basics because they saw the value in them.

Why not?


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