Testing to Improve Educational Standards

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Katrina Henes Ethics in Criminal Justice Research paper on testing to improve educational standards 2/10/14 Throughout the 1990s, national state and national educational leaders have focused on raising educational standards and promoting accountability within the educational community. In fact, the promotion of challenging learning standards for all students -coupled with assessment systems that monitor progress and establish challenging expectation for students. The numbers of states using tests as a condition for high school graduation is on the rise with 26 states projected to use tests as a condition for graduation by 2003 and six states now using tests as a condition for grade promotion. High stakes testing programs are a product of the growing movement to improve public education by ensuring that schools more fully reflect and conform to the needs of business and industry and the criteria used to judge success and effectiveness in business and industry. Toward this end, the new ABCs and other high stakes testing programs emphasize the importance of holding teachers and schools accountable for students learning as measured by student's performances on standardized tests. Bush's "No Child Left Behind" plan hopes to reform the modern educational system in America. The key objective of the President's plan is to close the educational deficit between private and public schooling, Anglo and minorities. Bush hopes to accomplish this goal by raising the standards in public schools, and increasing the accountability of those schools, districts, and states for the success of the students. Annual assessments in reading and math will be the prime measurement of this success. Those schools that succeed in improving education and minimizing deficits will be rewarded with federal bonuses, but schools that fail to meet the standards will lose federal funding, and possibly be
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