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Are standardized test scores important? Why?


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123inspire September 26, 2010

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No, I feel tests misrepresent our children s abilities. Until we start giving children
the opportunity to learn to their specific learning style. Testing is just another great injustice for the kids who do not preform well in main stream classroom.


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mrsbass September 24, 2010

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I believe that a childs academic wellness should be based on that childs overall performance for that school year, not based on one test alone.


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dpullo September 23, 2010

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They simply measure the ability of a student to take a test. While they are often thought to be effective tools to assess student-teacher achievement, there is a sig body of literature that questions the validity as a measure of mastery of concepts.


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cstyles September 23, 2010

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Yes, they are important. As a school principal, I feel this is a crucial component of accountability for all stakeholders.


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marpike September 23, 2010

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Depends on the state you live in. Most states use a standardized test that measures the school, not the students. They are accountability measures. They are also usually tied directly to the socio-economic level of the community.


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Nemmrac September 22, 2010

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I think they are important to make sure that our kids are learning the basics or minimum. The problem is that schools are just focusing on teaching only what is on the exams and nothing else. They are a tool not the whole focus of the curriculum.


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JRSICKEL September 22, 2010

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I think those scores can be misleading. It can be a good tool for both educators and parents, but neither should put too much emphasis on it.


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jamesw001 September 21, 2010

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Of course. It's necessary to ensure all children follow the same standards. If the test measures proficiency, then teaching to the test is exactly what you want teachers to do.


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BrendaY September 21, 2010

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They could be useful, if the "teaching to the test" was eliminated and the results were used to provide additional instruction to the students in the areas of weakness. Educators in an ideal setting are able assess students without testing.


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bluemoon8 September 21, 2010

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No. If you were to take these tests a couple of weeks after the material had been taught for the test alot of children would forget the material - mastery is the key on every level- not load and dump -to many tests, too much homework......




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