Test givers and takers unite: Tests ARE good

For all of you test faithful, so long cowering in the shadows of ?critical thinking skills? and free range blah-blah, ?you can come out now.

In a big boost for common sense ? ie. tests are a good way to encourage learning and to test its?staying power?? the NY Times is reporting on a new study that finds that ?taking a test is not just a passive mechanism for assessing how much people know,?? but ?actually helps people learn, and it works better than a number of other studying techniques.?

Thank God, the pendulum still swings.

?Peter Meyer, Bernard Lee Schwartz Policy Fellow

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