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March 2014 | Volume 71 | Number 6
Using Assessments Thoughtfully
Instead of bemoaning the fact that students cheat, we need to ask how our instructional practices may be encouraging them to do it.
An acquaintance recently told me about the following conversation she had had with her 11th grade son.
Mom: How did your U.S. history test go today?
Son: I think I did really well. I felt like I got almost everything right, but the good thing was that I sat next to Anthony. Ms. Mandry gave us two different tests, but I was able to figure out her pattern, and then I got about 10 answers off Anthony. I mostly had them right anyway, but that definitely helped.
Mom: I'm not so sure I want you to be telling me about how well you did because you cheated off Anthony. I'd rather you do well because you know the material.
Son: But I mostly did well on my own, and you don't know how many different skills I had to use to figure out that, like, number 37 on my test was number 13 on Anthony's test! I had to use deductive reasoning and finding a pattern and all kinds of really important skills. I think you should be proud of me!
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