Common tests help with many aspects of our children’s education

The Tribune
PictureAs educator Terry Jones, a middle school math teacher, writes with Cathy Shull, opting out of common tests ultimately damages both parents and their kids. Standardized tests provide a much needed metric to show a child’s progress and help direct school funding to areas that need improvement. The data also helps schools by providing “a source of incredible collaboration about how to improve instruction and school programs to better serve our students.” Lastly, data from assessments inform the business community about career readiness and whether or not their tax dollars are being spent wisely on public education.

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