A Wonky But Important Argument for Annual Statewide Testing

2015-02-11 | Ahead of the Heard

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NASP supports annual statewide testing to ensure that schools, districts, and states are meeting the needs of all students.  However, we should move beyond purely punitive measures for schools that fall short, and instead, provide meaningful support to help them improve.

In Saturday’s New York Times, I wrote a defense of annual statewide testing in reading and math. In the piece, I used data from the District of Columbia to illustrate that withdrawing from annual statewide testing would make it nearly impossible to hold schools accountable for the performance of specific groups of students. That’s a problem, because NCLB’s […]

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