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Posted on October 18, 2015 4:44 pm
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Inappropriate Study Guide
A fifth grade teacher was about to give a unit math assessment. He simply took the actual test and removed the multiple choice answers and gave it to his students to use as a study guide. The next day he gave the same assessment with the multiple choice answers included to the students to complete as their graded unit assessment. Do you believe this is an ethical practice?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 25, 2015 6:17 pm

vapaju
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Due to this push of "rigor" in our education system, the assessment utilized are completely different from on their assessments the students take in class. For this reason, I do agree with creating a study guide that mirrors the actual assessment. Removing the multiple choice options takes the question to the next Depth of Knowledge (DOK) level. For the students would have to justify their answers in some way. The ethical problem arises in giving the exact questions from the test. Tweaking the questions,changing numbers,formatting, justifying true/false statements would be best practices. Regardless of the test the subject matter is there in the curriculum. Spiral review of the content is just that. Let the student engage with the content in a way that they reteach themselves and are able to answer the questions on the day of the assessment correctly. Not because they remembered just specific facts but because they have made a connection to the content or skill. In other words, they are than exercising that they have truly learned the content or skill!
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Solution 2
Posted February 28, 2016 1:45 am

yDaTes
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Although it is a good idea to give students a review, they should not see the exact test that is going to be presented. This does not properly measure the learning of the concept. They should be able to complete problems with different numbers to show application of skills.
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Solution 3
Posted July 5, 2016 2:42 pm

buhyLu
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While yes giving students a study guide is beneficial to them giving them the exact test is not. I believe that the teacher should change the numbers that his using but keep the same equations and concepts for the test. You want the children to know the material not just memorize the study guide.
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Solution 4
Posted October 18, 2015 6:42 pm

MePyJy
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While not a great way to teach i dont see any ethical resons that they should not do this. He gave this out as a study guide and the studnets had to find the answers those question and then had to recall what these answers find in the test. It does have the studnets learn and makes them ready for the test which is the point of a study guide. While ethical its not great becuase it makes less incentive for the studnet to read and do other work when they just need to do the study guie for the test to pass.
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LyruPa
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I understand what you are saying, but if the teacher is giving the students the exact layout of the test then there is no point in having a test.
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Solution 5
Posted October 8, 2018 12:56 am

NaPeqe
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It is ethical. it isn't exactly an effective teaching method, but it isn't unethical. If that is how he wants to run his classroom, I think in the world we live in today, we have such access to technology, it fits.
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