Few topics stir up more debate in the K-12 environment than that of standardized testing. Teachers, students, and parents around the country are weighing in with their opinions, with some going so far as boycotting state-required standardized tests. SIRS Issues Researcher provides numerous resources to help students understand the controversy surrounding testing in the United States. Our Educational Tests and Measurements Leading Issue includes viewpoint articles on both sides of the testing debate as well as Critical Thinking & Analysis questions that encourage students to examine the issue more fully. The Educational Tests and Measurements Timeline offers a detailed history of testing, enabling students to better understand the evolution of testing in our schools.

Educational Tests

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The No Child Left Behind Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002, ushered in more extensive testing of students and a punishment/reward system based on a school’s average test scores. Guide your students to the No Child Left Behind Act Leading Issue for background information, critical thinking questions, and viewpoint articles on this polarizing law.

One of SIRS Issues Researcher’s most recent additions to our growing list of Leading Issues is Common Core Standards. The adoption and implementation of these standards by the individual states over the last couple years has ignited even more debate about education reform and the emphasis on standardized testing. The Common Core Standards Leading Issue and Common Core Standards Timeline provide background and context for this current controversy, and we continually add the latest news and commentary regarding this significant issue.

Common Core Standards

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