Colleges discuss merits of standardized testing in higher education

Stefanie Botelho's picture
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Parents throughout Michigan got a look last week at their children’s academic performance through the MEAP test, which assesses learning at all K-12 public schools in the state.

Looking for similar information measuring student performance at colleges or universities?

You’re not likely to find any, at least at schools in West Michigan such as Grand Valley State University, Ferris State University and the private colleges that dot the region.

Common assessments have been created to measure the ability of college students to solve problems, communicate effectively and analyze and evaluate information.

But West Michigan colleges largely aren’t using them, arguing the assessments are pricy and don’t account for the fact that students in various disciplines have a widely different base of knowledge.

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