Jefferson City schools discuss real world situations in standardized testing

Oct 11, 2012

The Jefferson City Board of Education wants to implement a new test to better prepare its students for the future.

Members of the administration discussed a new format of a standardized test for eighth graders that would require them to answer in-depth questions about a given story.

Jefferson City Superintendent Brian Mitchell believes this new assessment will help both students and board members.

“I think that the assessment tool is really two folded," Mitchell said. "It’s to help the student better understand what their strengths and weaknesses are but as an educator, that assessment tool is equally important for us to know how our kids are being prepared to enter the next phase”

This test would require students to answer several questions teaching them how to understand the information, process it and apply it to real world situations.

The School district plans to implement the test in 2014.