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Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing

Author(s): Nancy Kober
Published: November 3, 2015

Recently, the amount and variety of testing occurring in public schools has received considerable national attention. To help parents, educators, policymakers, and others sort out all the differing information and opinions on testing, the Center on Education Policy at the George Washington University has developed Knowing the Score: The Who, What, and Why of Testing. This publication provides objective information and explanations of important issues related to assessment in K-12 schools, including —

  • Basic facts about testing and common reasons for testing
  • The impacts of the federal government, states, and school districts on the amount and type of testing
  • The historical roots of current testing requirements
  • Impact of the Common Core on testing
  • How individuals can determine how much testing is too much

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