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Test-Based Accountability in Distressed Times

Chester E. Finn Jr., Eric A. Hanushek
Published Date: 
The State Education Standard
September 20(3)
pp. 13-17

When COVID-19 forced a hiatus in federally mandated assessments in spring 2020, it interrupted a quarter century of effort to track, disaggregate, and publicize achievement levels at the school level. The aborted school year put a big data gap where 2020 scores should have been. Combined with the already raging assaults on testing, state education leaders find themselves in a fraught and difficult place.

State leaders should stick with their assessments because they improve student learning and school performance.