The liberal gang running Kentucky’s public education system in Frankfort have been in love with expensive and relatively unreliable written answer test question formats since the very earliest days of the Kentucky Education Reform Act of 1990. Countless times Kentuckians have been told that the only way to assess students’ higher order thinking ability is with these difficult to design and score question formats.
The argument continues today with the Kentucky Board of Education and state legislators regularly being told by various groups such as Gene Wilhoit’s National Center for Innovation in Education at the University of Kentucky that the only way to assess such things as science ability is with written answer (sometimes called open-response answer) questions and even more exotic performance tasks.
But, are those arguments for expensive, difficult to create and score test question types valid?
Now, a major player in the testing industry, the ACT, Inc., has issued a short paper claiming that the humble, but much less expensive and much more accurate to grade multiple-choice question format is a lot better than the liberal education crowd wants to admit.