The New Haven Fire Department destroyed test results of white firefighters who scored higher than African Americans to allow promotions among black firefighters. This troublesome case, and research proofs that high stakes tests don’t work, raises the question How can tests garner more intelligence-fair results?
This serious case also opens an opportunity to identify the key problem with testing practices today. More importantly, how can tests value all people’s genuine brainpower and predict their offerings at work and beyond.
Unfair tests not only create racism but they also leave highly gifted people behind. In my 1999 book Student Assessment that Works – a Practical Approach, I showed how Einstein was said to fail his grade eight math test and was kicked out of school for not paying attention.
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Intelligence-fair tests create opportunities for people to reach similar high standards through different approaches, thereby enabling people to capitalize on their unique mental proclivities.
Intelligence-fair tests may mean the end of the current test industry and the the beginning of building intelligent communities across differences.
3. Brain Parts Promote or Stomp out Change
Intelligence-fair tests require us to take advantage of recent neuro discoveries and identify what brain parts promote learning and growth, as well as avoid tests that stomp out change.
Intelligence-fair tests could replace failed learning settings, with vibrant innovation that benefits entire communities.
Intelligence-fair tests invites opportunities to intelligently engage and learn from many people who were disadvantaged by unfair tests that poorly represented their capabilities in past.
Intelligence-fair tests could become the engine that helps universities and secondary schools to renew and shape their futures with the brain more in mind.
7. Call for Simplicity that Adds IntelligenceIntelligence-fair tests call for an honesty of words, and an integrity of intention that shows genuine mental proclivity across different backgrounds.
Intelligence-fair tests could raise low morale that comes with testing unfairly. Test a squirrel for swimming, an eagle for climbing rock walls or a fish for climbing and chart their lives on your scores, to see how unfair tests can ignore unique capabilities to approach heights differently.
Intelligence-fair tests will foster newly discovered solutions to stubborn problems, all because of new entry points opened by creative thinkers.
Intelligence-fair tests will help people to live realities with high performance minds, rather than according to myths created before neuro-discoveries transformed harmful myths.
Intelligence-fair tests will alter strategies in secondary schools, so that all learners find opportunities to develop mental acumen for brighter futures in the real world they’ll face.
Intelligence-fair tests require that experts move away from lectures and toward meaningful active engagement of learners’ neurons and dendrites to spark new synapses for finer solutions.
Intelligence-fair tests will cause people to question broken systems – but with intelligent solutions in mind, rather than from a cynical stance that stirs more complaints than creativity.
Intelligence-fair tests could well awaken universities with learning once again at the center in ways that support ongoing renewal.
17. Retention Lost in Lectures
Intelligence-fair tests would offer the rationale and suggest learning approaches that avoid boring lectures in favor of active discoveries that engage a fuller range of intelligences.
18. Engage Voices on the Other Side
Intelligence-fair tests would invite more brilliant voices to inform us all on the other side of issues, and help human brains from defaulting to ruts within brains and from narrow experiences.
19. Marks of Brainpowered Workplaces
Intelligence-fair tests would alter workplaces to add refreshing opportunities for those interested in ratcheting up their IQ a notch or two.
Would you agree that intelligence-fair assessments would also: Reinvigorate Brains for Learning Dividends, Move Leaders to Replace Broken Systems, Add Brainpower to Disagree and Prosper Peace, Offer a New Run at Old Runways with Space for Renewal?
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