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Are standardized test scores important? Why?


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drterrill August 12, 2011

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No, because you have students that know the material through and through but get nervous when they take a test. I was one of them. I dont know how many times I prayed on just one test.


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jersey11 May 14, 2011

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They are important for the purpose of rating schools based on an average score. Not all kids do well on tests, others do so if the sample is large enough, it can be reliable.


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jersey11 May 14, 2011

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I would like for schools to use the test scores to target kids who need help. One of my kids struggles and every year I have to shows results to get assistance.


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pjhowze March 4, 2011

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Yes. All test measures your capabilities.


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rogerland February 27, 2011

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Any other kind besides a thru f is an attempt to marginalize the grades and make kids look like they are doing better than they really are so the schools can get federal,state and local monies. This political. Don't let them tell you any different.


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heathater January 6, 2011

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Yes, they are important because they compare your child's abilities to other students and they are vital to getting into a good college.


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Uthegental November 28, 2010

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Whether we like it or not, standardized test scores are very important for a student's success. College admissions are based on them in large part, and once in college students will receive grades in their classes based on similar tests.


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SallyA November 6, 2010

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I know that alot of parents & teachers dislike state tests. On the other hand if I was to choose a school that was rated an 8 versus a 2, well, would choose the 8 every time. Can't think of any other way to know the API scores without a test.


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IbelieveinU September 30, 2010

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Although I do not believe this is the strongest tool, nor do i believe it should be relied on as THE standard, I feel that it is a good indicator of the stress level of the students, which has been shown to effect learning- an area often ignored.


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taylorg September 26, 2010

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A "great teacher" is part of a team. Teachers who are not rated for TAX or standardized test performance, such as fine arts teachers, language teachers, etc., provide learning that supports the performance of regular classroom teachers, yet how will these so-called "support staff" be rated in the new individualized rating system? Schools whose teachers work as "teams," where everyone--from the bus driver who reminds kids not to leave their books, to the principal who sets overall policy--these teals all work together. The fine arts teacher's curriculum, for example, is designed to support the basic curriculum. In all the current emphasis on math and science and the "basics," it's important to reward the great teacher who provides broad understanding of "humanities." Yet it is the regular classroom teacher whose test scores will qualify them for bonuses as "great teachers. I want to be sure those highly educated and very special teachers in the humanities and fine arts qualify for special recognitions as "great teachers," and I want to be sure that teamwork is emphasized in our schools instead of creating individual competition among teachers.




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