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Are standardized test scores important? Why?

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jeansmom September 9, 2010

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I think it is a part of what your child knows. My daughter was below basic for 2,3 grades she did a modify test and she went from below to perficiant, and basic. Not all children test well. Her test showed that she is learning what she needs to know.


MagnetMom September 9, 2010

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Standardized test scores are just one piece of the puzzle that depicts how a school is doing. And that's the number that creates the GreatSchools rating. I know people who are happy with their 6 or 7 schools, but I don't think I've ever had anyone suggest they were going to send their child to a 1 or 2.

My kids always test well, so the next question would be how would they challenge my child beyond the test. So, while the tests are an indicator, they're not the end all be all.


LeslieCrawford September 9, 2010

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Yes, it's some measure of how your own child is doing academically. And a way to measure (or one measure) one school against another; and how well a city or state is doing educating their kids. The problem with standardized test scores is when too much emphasis is put on test scores.

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