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Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

In Week Two, you created a presentation on why linking assessments with report cards that reflect CCSS is imperative. In this discussion, you expand on your knowledge about CCSS and debate the idea of whether creating high-quality assessments is necessary. Note that some educators argue that it is not enough to just create a link between assessments and report cards, but that assessments need to be high level and should require students to synthesize their learning instead of only demonstrating mastery by rote memory. Alternatively, some educators argue that high-quality assessments cost more than lower quality assessments (Eisner, 2001; Matthews, 2006; Pulfrey, Buch, & Butera, 2011). One possible reason for this viewpoint is that higher-level assessments often include performance tasks and/or essays that require teacher scoring, and thus a great deal of time is spent on evaluating students’ work. Conversely, lower-level assessments measuring basic knowledge through multiple-choice and true/false responses; they can be measured using technology and take considerably less time and resources to measure. 

First, choose a side from the two opposing viewpoints described above and discuss one of these two points: 

  1. Can the American education system afford assessments for deeper learning?
  2. Can the American education system afford not to have such high-quality assessments?

Next, discuss if it is necessary to share assessment items, rubrics and 21st-century practices with fellow colleagues.

Guided Response: Respond to at least two peers. Find one peer who has the same argument you chose and one peer who chose the viewpoint you did not. Debate how your viewpoint is different. If your viewpoint is similar to that of your peers discuss the similarities. Evaluate your peers’ responses to the use of multimedia resources with regard to critical thinking and problem solving. Though two replies is the basic expectation, for deeper engagement and learning, you are encouraged to provide responses to any comments or questions others have given to you, including the instructor. Responding to the replies given to you will further the conversation and provide additional opportunities for you to demonstrate your content expertise, critical thinking, and real-world experiences with this topic.

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