Pro to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"...[A]nnual NCLB [No Child Left Behind] testing has enabled school administrators to better identify and serve at-risk students, and has given low-income parents a critical tool in determining high-performing public schools...
As for teaching to the test, there is nothing in NCLB that necessitates 'teaching to the test,' anymore than there is anything on the SAT, ACT [college admission tests], or PISA [Programme for International Student Assessment] that requires teaching to those tests. My experience working in a South Bronx school, and my own education at a Catholic kindergarten, grade school and high school, suggests that when teachers teach holistically, with a well-rounded emphasis on critical thinking, deep reading, active listening, regular writing, robust physical education, and a full appreciation of all the humanities (including art and music), as well as hard and soft sciences, students perform well on any exam, let alone the yearly NCLB tests...
While even NCLB’s strongest proponents claim that terminating a teacher and principal solely on standardized test scores is unfair, objective national testing should still form the bedrock of any compliance system."
"Obama's New Waiver Policy: Some Children Left Behind?," Forbes.com, Feb. 15, 2012
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