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The Human Cost of Over-Reliance on Tests


In this article from the Harvard Education Letter, author Adria Steinberg discusses the danger of relying heavily on standardized tests to determine students' learning. Steinberg cites several examples of test scores being poor determiners for students' later academic and career success. In addition, the author argues that "in urban areas where most students score at the low end of the scale, the scores obscure important differences in students' educational strengths and needs."