In New York State the standardized tests for high school students are called ‘The Regents Exams.’ The first Regents exams were administered way back in 1866 and they have been one of the more successful examples of a standardized testing program in the country.
Like all standardized tests, the Regents exams serve many purposes. One is to make sure that students in all schools are learning mostly the same things in their courses. In more recent times the Regents have also served as a basis for ‘growth’ and ‘value-added’ scores on which to evaluate (and close) schools and to evaluate (and fire) teachers.
The Success Academy Charter Network is the education reformer poster child on the basis of their 3-8 Math and ELA test scores. Though the vast majority of Success Academy students are in elementary school, there are a small number of students in their only high…
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