Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies


This Capstone Project focused on the negative effects of standardized testing and the alternatives. The participants for this project consisted of 32 third-graders in a public elementary school located in Southern California. This project consisted of having all the third-grade students organize their own portfolio in mathematics, with a focus on fractions and shapes, as an alternative to standardized testing. In this way, the students have the control of their grade rather than having a long, cumulative test at the end of the year. This can alleviate the stress of standardized testing for students and teachers. After conducting the project, students showed enthusiasm about being in control of their grade and deciding which assignments go into the portfolio to be graded on. This connects to teaching because this could be a potential alternative to standardized testing, taking away anxiety for both students and teachers.