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Aaron Churchill, MA, MSPPM Biography

Ohio Research Director for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Pro to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"

“[W]e should remember why standardized tests are essential. The key reasons, as I see them, are objectivity, comparability, and accountability.

At their core, standardized exams are designed to be objective measures. They assess students based on a similar set of questions, are given under nearly identical testing conditions, and are graded by a machine or blind reviewer. They are intended to provide an accurate, unfiltered measure of what a student knows…

Outside of standardized test results, no objective method exists for policymakers to identify either poor-performing schools needing intervention or high-performing schools deserving rewards. Consider the alternative: Who would want policymakers to intervene in a school based on their ‘gut feeling’ or reward a school based on anecdotes? Statewide standardized exams are essential for upholding a fair and objective accountability system.”

“Bless the Tests: Three Reasons for Standardized Testing,”, Mar. 18, 2015

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Ohio Research Director, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, May 2012-present
  • Program Manager, Junior Achievement of Western PA, Inc., Aug. 2009-Aug. 2011
  • MSPPM, Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 2011
  • MA, Biblical Exegesis, Wheaton College, 2006
  • BA, History and Government/Politics, University of Maryland College Park, 2003
  • Twitter: @a_churchill22
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