Last updated on: 5/22/2019 | Author:

Tom Vander Ark, MBA Biography

CEO of Getting Smart
Con to the question "Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?"

“Good schools know how every student is doing in every subject every day. They don’t need a week of testing in the spring to tell them what they already know…

One problem with state-mandated tests is that they don’t take advantage of everything teachers know about their students…

It’s time to end a century of standardized testing and focus instead on helping young people do work that matters. We no longer need to interrupt learning and test kids to find out what they know. A couple of brave state policy leaders could trigger what would be a quick change because everyone hates the tests.”

“How to Get Rid of Standardized Testing,”, Apr. 14, 2019

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director, eduInnovation, July 2010-present
  • CEO, Getting Smart, July 2008-present
  • Partner, Learn Capital, 2008-2016
  • Executive Director of Education, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 1999-2006
  • Superintendent, Federal Way Public Schools, 1994-1999
  • Recipient, Distinguished Achievement Medal
  • MBA, Finance, University of Denver, 1984
  • BA, Mineral Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, 1981
  • Author of Better Together, Getting Smart, Smart Cities, and Smart Parents
  • Twitter handle: @tvanderark
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Pro & Con Quotes: Do Standardized Tests Improve Education in America?