New tests push schools to redefine 'good enough'
This past spring, 5 million students from third grade through high school took new, end-of-year tests in math and English that were developed by a consortium of states known as PARCC. It's a big deal because these tests are aligned to the Common Core learning standards, and they're considered harder than many of the tests they replaced. It's also a big deal because until last year, it was all but impossible to compare students across state lines. Not anymore. There's just one problem: The results won't be released for a long time (late fall). What's the holdup, you ask?
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