Pro to the question "Is the Use of Standardized Tests Improving Education in America?"
"The [standardized] tests remain an important part of holding schools accountable and shouldn't be minimized or dismissed as just a bunch of data. (Are you listening, Gov. Jerry Brown?) The concrete results from the tests force us to see truths we could otherwise avoid — especially now, as other mechanisms of accountability fall by the wayside...
The new tests, based on the Common Core curriculum standards, are designed to measure critical thinking in a nuanced way. They might fall short in some ways. But they do measure skills learned and material understood, if not comprehensively. They can't be hidden underneath social promotion or grade inflation or meaningless diplomas. In today's tangle of upbeat school talk and colored charts, annual test scores provide a badly needed measure of objective clarity."
"Editorial: California's New Standardized Tests Are Flawed, but Still Important," latimes.com, Aug. 26, 2016
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