Student Testing in America’s Great City Schools
Council of Great City Schools

Testing in the nation’s schools is among the most debated issues in public education today. Much of this discussion has centered on how much we are testing students and how we use test results to evaluate teachers, inform instructional practice, and hold schools and educators accountable. A recent national poll by Phi Delta Kappa underscores the fact that the public at large is concerned about the extent of testing in schools, and these concerns are influencing how people think about the nationwide move to adopt and implement the new Common Core State Standards. The issue of testing has also emerged in debates in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate over the reauthorization of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan have both spoken publicly on the issue and the need for reform.

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