The United States has required every child in grades 3-8 to take standardized tests in math and reading every year since NCLB was signed into law in 2002. No high-performing nation does this. Typically, they test children once in elementary school, once in middle school, once in high school. Finland, recently designated “the happiest nation in the world” and also high-performing, has no standardized tests in grades 3-8. Teachers write their own tests and are tested to grade them.
Chris Churchill is a columnist for the Albany Times-Union.
Churchill: For better schools, ditch the standardized tests
It’s easy to think of things our kids would be better off doing. Playing in the spring sunshine. Planting a garden. Burying their heads in books. Practicing jump shots. Catching frogs. Learning reading, writing and arithmetic. Learning Urdu. Learning anything.
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