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Student test scores now linked to teachers’ licenses

We should have seen this coming.

School reformers who love using student standardized test scores as the chief accountability measure in education have found yet a new way to use them against teachers.

It’s not enough that many teachers’ salaries and jobs are connected to how well their students do on tests. Now the scores are being linked to teachers’ licenses.

Yes, in a handful of states — Tennessee being the newest, joining Louisiana, Delaware and Rhode Island — some teachers seeking to renew their teaching licenses have to meet certain test-score standards.

Never mind that the standardized tests weren’t designed to evaluate teachers, and that testing experts have warned against using these scores for high-stakes decisions.

The test score madness grows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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