2 Million Dollar Grant Awarded to FSU Research

By: Danielle Sommerfeld Email
By: Danielle Sommerfeld Email

Tallahassee, Florida- March 25, 2011 6:10 p.m.--

Florida State University researchers are awarded 2 million dollars, to find new ways for testing middle school science students.

FSU's Center for Advancement of Learning and Assessment (CALA) wants to replace the standard paper and pencil tests with a more interactive approach.

The goal is to assess the students real-world skills.

Teachers will use the results to understand how students learn.

The students would be monitored for a full school year with constant feedback.

"This I believe is what we have worked life-long for, is to help improve education in the state of Florida," says Faranak Rohani, director of CALA.

This new research is now in it's first year of the pilot testing phase and will have three total years before it becomes a standard way of testing.


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  • by Pirate Location: Tallahassee on Mar 28, 2011 at 09:12 AM
    @NativNole "T&F" ? True AND False .. .. Sounds tricky in the boolean sense. a) "Multipal" 2) Multapull III) Mulldaple D) Nun of the above!
  • by NativeNole Location: TampaBay on Mar 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM
    I think something like this would be great for those students in FL Community Colleges or what ever they are these days, the vast majority can't write, do any critical thinking, T&F -Multipal Guess works for them...that is one area of educations that SUCKS!It's like talking to a tree!
  • by dog Location: gone on Mar 26, 2011 at 06:44 AM
    What a Waste, Here is an Idea have the teacher make up a test on what is taught and have the students read it and write down the answers , if they get them right they pass if not they fail. This has been done for over 100 yrs and has worked . It's also FREE.
  • by Abby Location: Tallahassee on Mar 26, 2011 at 06:16 AM
    Response to Anonymous - I have a MUCH cheaper suggestion for administering tests. 8-1/2" x 11" paper and a No. 2 pencil. In addition, one would need a textbook for the teacher to teach from, students willing to learn and parents doing their job.
  • by Bolillo Location: Wakulla on Mar 26, 2011 at 05:36 AM
    Why must ALL gov't spending be a complete waste?
  • by tom Location: madison on Mar 26, 2011 at 04:47 AM
    We borrow two million dollars from the Chinese to blow on a way to test students........when I was in school the teachers gave us tests and we took the SAT/ACT
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 08:19 PM
    With all the cuts in the budget, we have to be able to leverage the technology we currently have in the schools to make the classrooms more efficient. One of these ways is to find innovative ways to utilize the technology to administer tests and measure learning. Much of the information from this study can carry over to other subjects.
  • by Grant Money Great for Florida! Location: Florida on Mar 25, 2011 at 06:54 PM
    Great for the state for FSU to receive this $2 Mil dollar grant to find ways to test middle school students in science. I hope this is one of the test that would be coinside to FCAT testing in Teacher Merit Pay bill. Many concerns are how the state would pay for these extra tests. I hope this grant pays for some of those test because Education spending in our student's classroom is being cut extremely deep.
  • by tax payer Location: fl on Mar 25, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    as long as it is freeeee money waste all you want to.
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