What is Outcome Based Education?

The term ‘outcome-based education’ is a fancy way of saying ‘test-based education.’ This is a school or other educational environment where the focus is not placed outside of the classroom in the future of the student, but on immediate, measurable test scores. In a traditional classroom, a teacher might devote time to character education, and might teach students how to write a research paper so that students will know how to once they’re in college. In outcome-based education, the focus is on standardized test scores; so instead of writing research papers, students focus on writing test essays.