April 11th, 2013 by eTutor
|Levels of student achievement have continued to decrease despite increases in the school resources applied to the learning process over the years. Few educators would argue that standardized tests are the best measure of school effectiveness. Yet, there are many technical issues involved in the tests themselves ad how the scores are reported and analyzed.
The reality is that the test results are concise and appealing to the public….. hence important to the school. They also are consequential for individual students, who need good scores to qualify for high school graduation, colleges, and scholarships. So, new approaches to assessment and better tests may be needed in the long run, but in the short run it would be of benefit simply to achieve higher scores. Two effective means to this end currently are available. The first focuses on the test scores directly, while the second reaches beyond the tests to each school’s curriculum and preparation of students to lead productive and fulfilling lives. This is the technique that eTutor uses to improve the online teaching-learning process
Another effective approach is to develop the study skills which facilitate the learning process…..skills which are not covered in most school curricula. The deeper issue behind raising test scores is the instructional effectiveness of the school. Improvements here mean better-prepared individuals, lifelong learning, and progress for society. An important part of this improvement process involves assessing the needs in various aspects of the instructional program and its operation, then evaluating the progress which results from improvement efforts.
Tags: high school, Online Learning, teachers, transition