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Updated: 06/27/2014 08:42:36AM

Teaching the tests

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Much is reported of teachers condemning state-mandated tests of students, or the number of them, claiming that teaching what some state officials think students should learn (“teaching to the test”) is taking time from what the teachers believe they should be teaching.

If it really is harmful for students to take state tests on what a council of administrators believes they should be learning, in, say algebra, those tests should not be administered. Many teachers say they know what to teach and to test better than the administrators do. Who knows best? Let’s get the evidence.

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