Bound Volume Number


Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-5-2015

Capstone Advisor

Dr. Marcelle Haddix

Honors Reader

Dr. Jeffery Mangram

Capstone Major

Cultural Foundations of Education

Capstone College


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authoethnography, standardized testing, assessment

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories


Subject Categories

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Elementary Education and Teaching


This paper is an autoethnography, which is a study of me and of my teaching. Through reflecting on my life as a student and a teacher, I have found that the difference between standardization and differentiation has stuck out and influenced both my learning and my teaching. I have chosen to focus on these two areas of education in looking at assessment and instruction. This paper weaves together a review of literature of differentiation, standardization and the history of standardized testing with anecdotes from my life. Throughout this process I will look at the question, “How does one differentiate in a standardized model?” Through this reflective paper, I hope to gain insight to who I am as a teacher, as shaped by the context around me and the experiences that I have had, both as a student and as a teacher.

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