Articles: Testing

Local school priorities trump national assessments

Teacher’s evaluations of students will measure progress better than Common Core tests

State laws unclear when families opt out of tests

Some states allow families to opt out for religious or disability reasons, while others mandate tests but have no consequences for non-participation

Lessons from the Atlanta cheating scandal

Staff-led cheating on standardized tests has been documented in 40 states and the District of Columbia

Testing times growing nationwide

Students nationwide take as many as 20 standardized tests per year, and an average of 10 in grades 3 through 8

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