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6 Reasons Why Testing is Beneficial

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“The teacher is a facilitator, monitoring student progress when needed.” – Tomlinson, 2001

Testing, especially pre- and post- testing, is an effective tool being used in classrooms to help teachers monitor and measure the learning of their students.

Carrying out pre- and post- tests regularly, provides a good source of valuable data to the teacher. The pre- testing quantifies the knowledge level within a group of diverse students, informing the teacher of what each student’s abilities are within a specific learning area. The data from these tests enables teachers to identify those students who require targeted intervention, additional support or extension. The post- testing gauges how far each student has come on their learning journey.

We have recently added over 250 pre- and post- tests aligned to the Australian Curriculum. Here are some examples of the tests:

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We have identified six reasons why pre- and post- tests are beneficial in the classroom environment.

1. Identifying pre-existing knowledge

Carrying out a pre-test before a new topic is taught enables teachers to obtain information about each student’s pre-existing knowledge base. Once this data is gathered, you can begin to plan and create lessons that are more meaningful and establish a pathway to build on each student’s abilities.

2. Groups

The data gathered from pre- tests can assist teachers when establishing groups for small group work. Teachers may wish to group students of the same ability together, or create mixed ability groups to encourage peer learning. Our grouping posters are a great visual to use in the classroom environment.

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3. Guiding lesson content and delivery

The data collected can help guide the direction of a lesson. It can also help to identify whether the teacher needs to change the content or delivery style of their lesson to engage all their students, and to ensure that each child understands the concepts that have been taught.

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada.

4. Collecting data

Recently there has been a big push within schools for teachers to collect data on student learning. The data from pre- and post- tests informs teachers on the growth each student has made over a period of time. This data clearly identifies where each student is at on their learning journey, where there may be gaps, where support may be needed and who needs to be challenged. The data also provides evidence on whether a learning goal or benchmark has been achieved.

5. Providing feedback

Providing feedback to both students and parents is an important task for any teacher. Pre- and post- tests are a great way to provide feedback to students, including areas to improve on and any successes. They can also be used as evidence when informing parents of the learning achievements of their child in the classroom.

6. Goal setting

Pre- and post- tests can be used to create learning goals at the beginning of a learning journey, also at the end of the learning journey with areas that may need additional revision. You may like to use some of our goal labels:

We hope this blog article clearly articulates how pre- and post- tests can benefit teachers in the classroom throughout the year, not just for a grade to put in a report card at the end of each semester.

Pre- and post- tests that are visibly linked to the learning intentions of the curriculum, help teachers monitor and measure the learning of their students. It is data that is measurable and data that benefits the student’s learning journey.

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