This article was originally published in The Notebook. In August 2020, The Notebook became Chalkbeat Philadelphia.
The debate about standardized testing has taken center stage in recent weeks, with the Obama administration acknowledging that its policies have contributed to a climate of overtesting in schools.
The Notebook‘s December print edition will take a deeper look at the role and impact of standardized testing in Pennsylvania. We’ve kicked off our coverage with online stories on recent national developments, the latest PSSA exam results, and the trends on the national NAEP exam.
And we need your help!
This is a hot-button issue that affects everyone involved in schools. We will be exploring topics like the requirement that students pass Keystone exams to graduate from high school, the use of test scores in teacher evaluation, cheating on standardized tests, teaching to the test, the opt-out movement, and the Black-White test score gap.
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