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Teaching to the Test vs Test Prep

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Many teachers are facing pressures to increase test scores, especially on state tests. This is a brief discussion of teaching to the test versus which could include cheating, versus a more acceptable test preparation

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Since the passing of NCLB, the nation has dramatically increased it's focus on educational accountability, especially narrowing its focus on test scores. Every state in the union has a requirement to demonstrate academic performance at a set standard (determined by the individual state) that is directly tied to consequences that have a direct impact on both students and school personnel.

Students in most states have their test performance directly tied to their graduation, and cannot receive a diploma until they have passed this assessment. Many states have put a punitive/reward response to school performance, based on ...

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Many teachers are facing pressures to increase test scores, especially on state tests. This is a brief discussion of teaching to the test versus which could include cheating, versus a more acceptable test preparation.

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