Standardized Tests in the United States

The use of standardized testing to measure academic achievement in US schools has fueled big debate for nearly two decades. Understanding the effects of tests — is key benefits and challenges—requires a closer examination of what testing is and how it’s used in academic settings.

Effects of Testing on Students & Teachers: Key Benefits & Challenges

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Portfolio-based assessments emphasize the process of learning over letter grades and normative performance. Portfolios can be made up of physical documents or digital collections. They can include written assignments, completed tests, honors and awards, art and graphic work, lab reports, or other documents that demonstrate either progress or achievement. Portfolios can provide students with an opportunity to choose work they wish to reflect on and present.

The Pros and Cons of Standardized Testing

Standardized testing has ignited a national debate in the last few years, and many parents feel understandably concerned about their children being judged on the basis of tests that, in some cases, don’t seem to reliably correlate with actual learning or with successful college and career outcomes.

Why Standardized Testing Aren't Working for Teachers or Students

Many of us in education have deep misgivings about the role of standardized testing play in our schools. As a principal, I’ve had a front-row seat to incidents that illustrate why we should be seriously concerned. Let me tell you about one of them.

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