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Standardized Testing Is Imperfect – But Necessary

Las Vegas Review Journal

Standardized assessments are not a perfect measure of student development, but they provide important signs about how well children are progressing academically, writes Esther Cepeda, a teacher and Washington Post columnist. Overwhelmingly, parents support high-quality assessments. Seventy percent of families oppose opting out, according to an Education Nextannual survey, and parents of color strongly favor good exams as a way to ensure all students’ education needs are met. “Though the opt-out ‘movement’ is supposedly growing,” a Columbia University study indicates about 20 percent of supporters do not have school-aged children, Cepeda adds. “On the whole,” the piece ends, high-quality assessments offer “vital signs of how students progress academically.”

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