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Defining the Role of Standardized Tests

Test with broken PencilOne of the biggest problems with the hotly debated standardized tests of our day is that we have come to ask a great deal of a tool that wasn’t designed for so many purposes. NCTE has a lot to say on this matter; reading up on these position statements will give you both background on problems and talking points around solutions about what can and cannot work with this kind of assessment tool.

 

“Use standardized tests only to give leaders the yearly data about students’ literacy learning they need to make evidence-based decisions to promote and hold themselves accountable for equity.” — 2015 NCTE Education Policy Platform