Don’t Blame Testing

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Mayor de Blasio and his schools chancellor Richard Carranza oppose “high-stakes testing” for students on the grounds that it is biased and leads teachers to spend too much time on test prep. But standardized tests are the most accurate metric for predicting future success—far better than grades or more “holistic” measures. We dispense with testing at our peril.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. Valid: Standardized tests have higher predictive validity for positive life outcomes than letters of recommendation, personal statements, or extracurricular activities. Read more.

  2. Help: CUNY’s decision to move away from testing will camouflage the student population’s widespread need for remedial instruction. Read more.

  3. Boost: Standardized tests reward high-achieving kids from disadvantaged backgrounds who otherwise might miss out on educational opportunities. Read more.

“It has become a mantra that standardized tests measure wealth more than intellectual ability or academic potential, but this is not actually the case.”

Jonathan Wai, Endowed Chair in Education Policy, University of Arkansas

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