Recently, numerous schools have started new policies that prohibit students from taking tests home. Although many of these schools allow the students to look over their tests and review the errors in class, they aren’t allowed to take them outside of the classroom. An article entitled “Hiding Exams from Students” by Jay Matthews, published in The Washington Post on November 17, 2010, explores the idea that holding back tests handicaps students from performing to the best of their ability on future exams.
The article gives the example of frustrated parents and students at various high schools. Students are frustrated about not being able to take exams home, review mistakes with parents or tutors and take the time to go over the exam multiple times at their own pace in order to fully understand them. The article recognizes the fact that teachers often take a considerable amount of time and effort to make these exams and that they would like to reuse them in future years. However, as one frustrated parent says, “It appears to parents that teachers’ convenience is more important than kids actually learning the material.” Additionally, the article investigates the idea that some parents feel like they’re being cut out of the learning process as students only have limited class time to go over their tests and reflect upon their errors.
Do you feel like only having limited class time to look over important tests impedes upon your education? Do you think that testing is encroaching on learning? What solutions do you propose to find a balance between your learning and your teachers’ convenience?