Ah yes…standardized assessments. Regardless of their limitations, they are here to stay and students deserve to be prepared for them. So, what can UDL educators do? They can be upfront and honest about the true purpose of testing, teach students important test taking strategies, and scaffold coping strategies so students are not anxious about test administration. Other than that, the best we can do is teach them the standards and keep our expectations high. If we teach them to think critically, and help them learn the content and the methods outlined in the standards, they will be successful. We have to believe that.
To read a balanced view of the value and limitations of standardized testing from Harvard University professor, Dan Koretz, check out this Q&A feature on Harvard’s web site. You can read additional research by Koretz by viewing the publications listed on his faculty bio page.