Thursday, August 16, 2012

Timed Tests for Math? Good Idea?

Have you wondered about timed tests for math?  Games to increase speed?  This researcher claims they encourage math anxiety.  Timed tests seem to be a matter of disagreement among many teachers.  Please read the comments after the article for legitimate disagreements.
What do you think?  Have you used timed tests?  Did they increase fluency which certainly is part of the Common Core expectation in math.  What have you done to decrease anxiety levels in some of your students?
This is a Pay to View article from Education Week but not fully assessible on that website.
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Timed Tests and the Development of Math Anxiety. Jo Boaler. 7.3.12 Education Week

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