Survey: Teachers Place Little Value on Standardized Tests
Most teachers do not believe standardized tests have significant value as measures of student performance, according to a new report published jointly by Scholastic and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The report, based on a survey of more than 10,000 public school teachers, finds that only 28 percent of educators see state-required standardized tests as an essential or very important gauge of student achievement. In addition, only 26 percent of teachers say standardized tests are an accurate reflection of what students know.
One potential explanation for those low marks lies in another of the survey's findings—that is, only 45 percent of teachers think their students take standardized tests seriously or perform to the best of...
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