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November 13, 2013

Editorial: Indiana school grading proposal a step in the right direction

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Standardized testing is important to gauge how Hoosier students are progressing and how they compare to their peers elsewhere across the state and the country. Results of standardized tests can also be used to help guide a student's instruction plan, suggesting more time be spent in certain academic disciplines when learning lags.

But the Bennett years pushed standardized testing too far, so far that many teachers have been forced to "teach to the test" rather than using their training and expertise to help students grow intellectually and learn to learn.

The new school grading formula proposal may not be perfect, but it is movement in the right direction — toward moderating the emphasis on standardized testing.

In summary The new Indiana school grading formula proposal may not be perfect, but it is movement in the right direction -- toward moderating the emphasis on standardized testing.

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