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Reasons and Purposes for Standardized Testing

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Instructor: Shaundra Boyd
Ever wanted to know the big deal behind standardized testing? Take a close look at why standardized testing is important for students, teachers, and parents.

Standardized Testing

Have you ever wondered what the big deal is about standardized testing? All the hype about standardized testing has parents, teachers, students, and the community searching for the answers to find out what standardized testing is really all about.

Standardized testing is any examination that is administered and scored in a predetermined, standard manner. The purpose and reasons for standardized testing are plenty and must be fully understood by all those that are impacted by it. Standardized testing allows for comparisons to be made among schools in regards to student achievement, ensures accountability for teachers, and has the ability to inform instruction for educators. These important reasons show why standardized testing is one of the hottest topics in education.

Comparisons

One reason for standardized testing is its ability to allow for comparisons about student achievement among schools. How do we know how well students are performing among various counties in Georgia? How can we determine which students are performing well in various states? We utilize standardized testing data to answer these questions.

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