Testing, testing

Testing improves recall of information, concludes a Washington University at St. Louis study. Scientific American quotes researcher Jason Chan: “Frequent testing, not restudying, is the key to long-term retention.”

Speaking of testing, UC- Santa Barbara is looking for K-12 teachers and administrators to evaluate an “instructional module” designed to show how “to use test results effectively and explain them to students, parents, the school board, and the press.”

Participants will view a Web-based presentation (25 minutes) and take a short background survey (about 5-10 minutes) and an anonymous Web-based assessment literacy quiz (about 15-20 minutes).

Participants will receive a $15 (electronic) Borders.com gift certificate. For more information, contact Liz Alix at items@education.ucsb.edu or 805-893-2502 or sign up here.

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  1. How about frequent use of material? We don’t need more standardized testing, we need more chances to apply information to deepen meaning and connections. That will create long-term retention.