Do Standardized Tests Work?
Five Nicolet students earned perfect scores on the ACT, which is one of the last standardized tests many students take. The tests are used to evaluate students' academic performance, and the success of teachers and schools. Is that right?
Five students posted perfect ACT scores at Nicolet High School, something accomplished by fewer than one-tenth of 1 percent of the more than 1 million students taking the test each year.
Thousands of college-hopeful Wisconsin seniors take the test each year, and the state's students consistently beat the national average score.
The ACT and SAT are the final standardized test many students take. Colleges use the results to help decide which students get accepted, and which are rejected. Throughout a student's academic career, standardized tests provide a snapshot of his or her knowledge and skills. States are increasingly using these test scores to evaluate overall performance of schools and teachers.
But there's an argument making the rounds these days that schools are over-using tests at all levels (from kindergarten through high school), and that tests don't actually predict a student's ability to learn or perform.
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