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Does Standardized Testing Help Students?

By Lane Wright Every state uses standardized tests to find out how students in public schools are doing. Federal law requires it. But why? And how do standardized tests actually help students? The short answer: Standardized tests are a spotlight that helps education leaders see what effect schools are having on students. With that information they can make changes to address students’ needs.… Continue reading Does Standardized Testing Help Students?

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Guest Post: Moving Parents Beyond the School Supply List to Real Understanding of School Accountability

This is a guest post written by my friend and colleague, Laura Waters.  If you’re a parent like me, at the start of each school year you eagerly learn all about the course content your child will study, the enrichment opportunities available, the field trips your child will take and the school supplies your child… Continue reading Guest Post: Moving Parents Beyond the School Supply List to Real Understanding of School Accountability