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Higher K-12 proficiency standards haven’t bred higher test scores

July 17, 2018

This recent analysis of the 2017 proficiency standards and test data published by Education Next adds another dimension to the testing dilemma with its finding that higher proficiency standards do not equate to a rise in test scores. Schools need some way to measure student achievement and, in this data-driven age, the acquisition of numbers to define success seems more important than ever. However, the very act of testing and teaching in such a manner as to impact the test may not be producing the desired academic effects.

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