Open book tests-what do you think? Help or hinder students?
Ok, so I just let me sons-7th grade and 5th grade, take an open book science test using the 6th grade Abeka curriculum. I have wondered lately whether the benefit of using open book tests, occasionaly and depending on the subject, would be good for the boys. Here are some ideas I come up with.
I will give zero help on open book tests and expect 100% correct-this will teach them to use a textbook and rely on themselves to come up with the answers. (yes, boys I do promise that the answers are in the book!) Sometimes with my 5th grader I will have to get him on the right page to find the answer or he will be there all day.
I have pondered a time limit and no time limit.
Is it really necessary to cram as many facts and or useful and useless info in their heads so they can pass a test and then forget it.
I expect my kids to get 80% or higher on all tests or they have to redo the chapter and test.
I had more thoughts on this but I have the stomach flu and can't focus at all.