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Posted on October 16, 2015 4:15 pm
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JezaHa
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Is Retesting Ethical?
We have started implementing retests at my school. If students make below a 70, they have the option to retest. Many feel as though a lot of retests would be fluffing the grade, for once they master that standard, we eliminate that low grade and only count the higher one. Is this the right mindset?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 16, 2015 6:00 pm

eryMav
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I believe that it is fluffing the grade because it creates a sense of learned helplessness. Specifically, if students know that they can take a test as many times as they need to they will stop valuing the content and will study less. I believe the best option is to allow for test corrections where students can correct the questions they miss, but have to provide an explanation for why the new answer they chose is correct. This will still give students the opportunity to demonstrate mastery and will still put value on the original test. The points they get back should not be the same as what the questions were originally worth.
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vaWety
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I teach fifth grade. I allow very few retests because I don't feel retests are fair to other students. Many times, if a student knows he/she can retest, they will not study and try their best the first time. When a student does take a retest in my classroom, I average the first grade and the second grade to get a final grade. I believe this is the fairest way to handle retests, instead of simply dropping the lowest grade.
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gyVyPe
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I agree with this statement and allowing students not to retest because they may not study the first time.
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Solution 2
Posted October 18, 2015 7:07 pm

QuvuLy
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I believe allowing students to re-test is perfectly fine. The teacher within the classroom should be able to differentiate assessments to ensure that students are able to assess successfully. On top of that, students should have to justify to the teacher that they are ready to reassess. Students can do this by doing extra work on what they struggled on, go to tutoring, or anything else a teacher may require before reassessing. The bottom line is teachers want to see students be successful, and if students can justify to teachers they are ready to reassess, then students should have the right to be able to reassess.
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Solution 3
Posted October 16, 2015 5:52 pm

aQaWus
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I understand the idea behind the retest, but I'm not sure it should be able to take it more than a second time if they still don't get above a 70. I would also make so the students that are retesting can only get a 70 because to the students that pass it on the first time is not fair to them for the student that retest gets a higher grade. I don't believe that is the right mindset.
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Posted October 19, 2015 1:06 am

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I have given students their tests back, let them use their notes and correct each problem they missed. If they show all of their work, which proves they went back to their notes, and get the right answer then I will give them half of the credit back for the problem. In your situation, I think the highest a child should be able to make is a 70 if they make below that a retest. It is unfair to students who prepared the first time if the students who waited until the retest, get extra time to study and can outscore them. I also think it sets up a mindset of "this test doesn't matter, they'll just let me retake it" with the students which is only handicapping them in the end.
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Posted October 19, 2015 3:24 am

WubuLe
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I believe it is. If the overall outcome is to get students to learn then what are the grades supposed to do. I think we should focus on the learning and not the grades. In life the real world will teach them about placement in society because of their time and achievement. In the schooling years I believe that we should merely provide them with the skills to be successful not consequences that do not teach.
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Posted February 29, 2016 2:09 am

uJasuX
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In my classroom, I allow my students to make corrections to tests, but they can only earn up to half credit for each correction.
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Solution 7
Posted October 18, 2015 9:53 pm

GaXyve
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I often have students make corrections or give them back previously taken assessments to retake. I do not feel that this is unethical because through this process, the students are being exposed to the content more. Through more exposure, they are more likely to retain and understand the concepts. It is not fluffing if they are working to earn the score.
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Posted February 28, 2016 8:51 pm

SuGaNe
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I never thought this was fair, because if student A made a 71 and student B made a 65 then retested and got a 75, it was unfair to student A. This teaches students just to not study because they can always retake it. I would give ALL students the option to retest once, and average the two grades.
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Solution 9
Posted October 18, 2015 8:50 pm

qevaSe
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I do not see anything wrong with retesting students at least one time. If students did not passed the summative assessment then they did not learn the skills necessary to do so. After the failed assessment, teachers should reteach students using another method. I would not retest several times but just one.
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Solution 10
Posted February 24, 2017 6:01 pm

gyVyPe
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I believe this is a good mindset to have because it gives the students the opportunity to try again and do better.
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Solution 11
Posted October 16, 2017 11:04 pm

zuMyJe
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Maybe a better solution is providing students with a limited number of retests allowed per semester around 1 to 3.
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Solution 12
Posted October 9, 2016 9:22 pm

qyryMa
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This is something that could be argued on both ends. I would say this is ethical ASLONG as it is something that is being addressed with the lesson planning. If your lesson plans are not helping the students retain and understand the information, you can usually tell if the majority of the students are failing the tests. However, you need to have some accountability. If you have the option to retest all the time students might take advantage of this.
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