No matter the test, there will always be square pegs

Standardized tests will continue to plague students and teachers until state and federal education officials figure out how to force every square peg through a single round hole.

Most people would agree that having an objective measure of student success is helpful and even necessary, but the problem comes when there are strict consequences to the results of those tests.

From what I’ve read, students can be held back a grade if they fail to meet proficiency in a certain subject, something that used to be more of a decision for teachers and parents. Milestones results are now 50 percent of teacher evaluations, and as we’ve seen since No Child Left Behind, results are tied to funding decisions.


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