Standardized Test Scores

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The PARCC test is intended to measure students’ progress in meeting the state’s expectations in English and Mathematics. In addition, it provides valuable information to parents and teachers that help identify student strengths and weaknesses. In turn, this information could be used to create effective instruction to meet individual student needs to be successful in school and in the workplace. Instead, teachers are evaluated using the test scores; consequently, their focus is on maintaining or increasing test scores, as opposed to helping students improve on their weaker skills. “Although standardized test scores of students are one piece of information for school leaders to use to make judgments about teacher effectiveness, such scores
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