Blog: The Educated Reporter

*and about those bubble tests…

I should add that while many stories about the upcoming generation of assessments talk about supplanting fill-in-the-bubble multiple-choice tests, nothing in the applications indicated that would be the case. Well, yes, insofar as you do not fill in a bubble when you take a test online; you click on the right answer, or whatever.

What is being proposed is a combination of questions and tasks that includes written answers but also  multiple-choice (or “selected-response,” as it’s formally called). The proposals promise better selected-response questions—ones that are more challenging, require more critical thinking, etc.—not a move away from them.