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Human Metrics Being Enabling Rather Than Threatening

posted Sep 10, 2015, 12:46 AM by John Oliver   [ updated Sep 10, 2015, 12:55 AM ]
Who is the fastest, who is the best? These are the type of questions we are conditioned with from our earliest experiences of school exams and grades. 

Understandibly, notions of high-stake human performance metrics can throw up a lot of resistences, especially if the client has to pay for them.

"What If Testing Were To Be Designed To Serve The Test-Taker"?  

Check out this paper from Lectica and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, written by the founders (Theo Dawson and Zac Stein), with Kurt Fischer from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, asking whether the purpose of testing today in education and business is purely more selection than learning? 

What if, for every test, assessment or metric, the test-taker has an opportunity to grow?

The paper presents a perspective from contemporary learning science, for solutions to how education at all ages can be supported by a new domain of metrics based on Kurt Fischer's Skill Scale.

I say new, but Fischer builds on the heritage of Jean Piaget and 100 years of research into the theory of learning.