Putting standardized testing to the test

UMass Lowell’s Jack Schneider says our testing focus is damaging to schools and kids

WITH SPRING COMES the annual ritual of MCAS testing in Massachusetts schools. It’s how we gauge the performance of individual students as well as schools and districts. The assessment of basic skills in math, English, and, more recently, science offers a snapshot of academic achievement levels, and it is the central measure used in the(...)

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