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Many education reformers argue that we need standardized tests in schools to hold teachers and schools accountable for student learning. This section of the website explores how the rise of standards and testing has influenced teaching and learning, from the use of high stakes exams to the Common Core Standards, and includes alternative forms of assessment. 

Philadelphia, PA

T.Bah, parent

Tonya, known to most as T. Bah, is a parent of twins in public schools. She describes the effects that standardized testing have on her son, who has autism and gets special education services, and her daughter, who is worried that opting out of the exam will destroy her future. 

tags: high stakes testing, opt out, special education

Danielle, student

New York, NY

Danielle immigrated from Congo to the United States and had to navigate a lot to be successful in school. Her final obstacle? One of five standardized exam required for graduation. Will this test block her from reaching her goals?​

tags: high stakes testing, exit exams, Regents

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