Should Test Scores Be the Only Metric?

A sad post today: Whether it’s the current debate over merit pay in Florida, admissions to college, or national funding for public schools, using a single test score as the only metric for rewards or punishment might be flawed. Stanford New Schools in Paolo Alto was denied its charter extension due to low test scores. Do standardized tests favor certain populations? Why aren’t more metrics used? I’m curious if Linda Darling-Hammond advised Mr. Obama during his transition to close or improve bad schools. I highly doubt it.

You can read the nytimes story by clicking here.

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