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Are standardized test scores important? Why?


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srqrealtor September 21, 2010

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Standardized "tests" are ASSESSMENTS only, not to be confused with "aptitude" tests. How much 'teaching to the test' do you want...and at what expense - I'm not just talking $$ either. I was a HS (honors) teacher for 16 years. I also am a parent.


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mdongw September 21, 2010

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Yes. It's a measurement about the school. Kids will know what they are expected.


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ohaguirre September 14, 2010

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No. They do not tell me what my child's potential is and if he is doing his best in school. I expect my child to perform to the best of his ability.


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jenmom September 14, 2010

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As a metric for how a school is doing they can be valuable. That said, many test styles are not suitable for all types of children and should not be taken as an absolute on an individual child's intelligence.


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tjlove September 14, 2010

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It's one way to judge how a school is performing overall but I wouldn't say it's a good way to judge how my child is doing academically.


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LillyF September 14, 2010

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I'll pay heed to standardized test scores only if the tests are aligned to what was taught in class. The standardized tests my son took last year bore no resemblance to his grade level curriculum. Therefore, the scores were meaningless.


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magnus September 14, 2010

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They're important as practical tools to compare performance across schools, but we need to make sure the testing part is up to par with the standardizing part.


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mdwong September 14, 2010

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They are only important as factors for school funding. Low performing schools get extra assistance to help bolster their performance. The tests are not a good indicator of an individual child's capabilities and knowledge.


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hkfrazier September 13, 2010

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They are definitely important to consider when choosing a school, but of course they're not everything.


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labratmol September 9, 2010

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They are important to the schools only. The tests are multiple choice and help develop test-taking skills but not strong critical thinking skills. Schools teach what's on the test. Teachers are pressured to keep their scores high or lose their jobs. Students who graduate from these heavily tested schools are grossly unprepared for college, where being able th think critically is key.




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