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Christopher Tienken

Education

Standardized Tests Don’t Show What Kids Know

So why are teachers in 40 states being evaluated with them?

Every year, policymakers across the U.S. make life-changing decisions based on the results of standardized tests.

These high-stakes decisions include, but are not limited to, student promotion to the next grade level, student eligibility to participate in advanced coursework, eligibility to graduate high school, and teacher tenure. In 40 states, teachers are evaluated in part based on the results from student standardized tests as are school administrators in almost 30 states.

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