Written by: Reagan Flowers, PhD
“Standardized tests are ineffective tools in measuring a student’s talent and capacity to work smart alongside machines.”
Some people believe that “the fuel you need for AI is just pure data”, but that is only one component. You can have all the data in the world, but to make that data useful it must be understood and analyzed. No matter who is analyzing the data (i.e. engineers, computer scientists, artists, or artificial intelligence, etc.), they must first be taught the necessary skills to do their job with accuracy and efficiency.
This then leads to the concept of teaching students to be innovative in analyzing and finding patterns within data, starting as early as elementary school. Which creates challenges for educators who are required to teach students to pass standardized tests. Although such tests challenge students on straightforward problems with a clear solution, employers are relying more heavily on Artificial Intelligence (AI), something standardized tests have not been designed to measure.
Let’s face it, you are considered as being smart when you can problem-solve and utilize technology to create the best possible solution. Testing should evolve to measuring the overall capacity of a students understanding and ability to interact with technology to solve complex problems.
The standardized testing process and language has created its own barriers. There are many people who criticize the testing movement and colleges that are making their admissions decisions more inclusive of accomplishments beyond standardized test scores.
AI is widely integrated in all aspects of our lives from the food service industry at McDonalds to the driverless vehicles that are sharing our roads. In the age of Industry 4.0, the academic gaps created by standardized testing are leading schools in the wrong direction, away from high skilled opportunities. Standardized tests are ineffective tools in measuring a student’s talent and capacity to work smart alongside machines.
We are beyond the computer and automation age. Work platforms are increasingly more dependent on cyber platforms that can be integrated into our daily workflow. Student’s must be taught how to work smarter with machines.