Last updated on: 6/7/2012 | Author:

Justin Baeder, MEd Biography

Education Week Blogger
Pro to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"

“First, we need standardized tests to provide basic information about how our schools are performing relative to each other. In the current environment of testing- and accountability-mania, it’s easy to forget that this is actually very useful information for improvement purposes. The fact that we have used this information for other purposes, centering on punitive accountability measures, has taken our eyes off of this benefit to standardized testing. There are dozens of non-punitive ways to use this information, such as resource allocation, professional development planning, and identifying school goals for improvement.

Second, we need standardized testing to identify inequities and achievement gaps. When we have no solid way to measure learning outcomes, it’s easy for inequities to hide behind our good intentions and best efforts.”

“Why We Still Need Standardized Testing Post-Scandal,”, July 19, 2011

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Blogger, “On Performance,”
  • Blogger,
  • Director, The Principal Center, (school leader resource site)
  • Former Principal, Olympic View Elementary, Seattle, WA
  • PhD candidate, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Washington
  • Graduated, Danforth Program for Educational Leadership, University of Washington, 2007
  • MEd, Curriculum & Instruction, Seattle University, 2006
  • BA, General Science – Chemistry, Harding University, 2002
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