Pro to the question "Is the use of standardized tests improving education in America?"
"You don't know unless you measure. Listen, I've heard every excuse in the book about measurement. You know, 'You're testing too much.' 'You're teaching the test.' And, you know, 'Don't test.' If you don't test, you have a system that just shuffles the kids through, and that's unacceptable. It's unacceptable to quit on a kid early and just say, 'Move through, and hope you learn.' What you've got to do is measure to determine where they are, and then you can compare districts and compare States. And as a result of strong accountability measures and good teachers and more funding, the results are positive. The fourth grade math test scores around the Nation are up 9 points since 2000. In other words, we're beginning to achieve—meet national objectives, which is a more literate group of students. The reading—eighth grade math scores are up 5 points. Fourth graders are now testing above—reading tests are increasing for fourth graders. We're making a difference."
Discussion at West View Elementary School, Knoxville, TN, (Jan. 8, 2004), Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: George W. Bush, 2004, Volume 1, 2007
Experts Individuals with PhDs, heads of government, members of federal legislative bodies, and individuals with graduate degrees and significant post-graduate involvement in fields relevant to the study of education. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Founder, George W. Bush Institute at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX
43rd President of the United States, Jan. 20, 2001 - Jan. 19, 2009