Emily Johns, New Tests Aim To Better Grade Higher Thinking, Star Tribune, Apr. 13, 2009.
As policymakers consider the future of the No Child Left Behind law that mandates standardized tests to children in grades K-12, new generations of tests are being developed. A new test of the standardized multiple choice fill-in-the-bubble score sheet variety is much more effective in testing higher order thinking skills. In Minnesota, the new science test is delivered via computer to students in fifth grade, eighth grade and high school. It was given for the first time last year. This new test is designed to emulate the lab or science classroom, teaching students how to ask the right questions. Students can draw lines between points, put things in order, and watch videos of different experiments before answering questions.