As school districts from coast to coast deploy ever more technology to help prepare students for high-stakes exams, a new study by researchers at Arizona State University (ASU)—reportedly the largest such research project ever conducted—has concluded that standardized testing can be counterproductive and might actually lower academic achievement.

Researchers found that students in most states with high-stakes exams—such as Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS), which tests achievement in various grades and will be needed for graduation—scored below the national average on advanced placement (AP) tests and college entrance exams.



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