Last updated on: 8/29/2016 | Author: ProCon.org

Aaron Churchill, MA, MSPPM Biography

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

“[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,” edexcellence.net, Mar. 18, 2015

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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
Education:
  • 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
Contact Info:
Phone
202-223-5452, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
Email
achurchill@edexcellence.net
Website
Thomas B. Fordham Institute profile
Other:
  • Twitter: @a_churchill22
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Pro & Con Quotes: Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?