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What? Test scores won’t predict academic growth over time


A new analysis of data from all public school districts in the United States indicates that poverty does not determine the quality of a school system

For years, parents and policymakers have looked to test scores to gauge the effectiveness of school districts and teachers. New research from Stanford Graduate School of Education Professor Sean Reardon provides a different measure: students’ academic progress over a period of years.

Reardon examined test scores for students in third through eighth grade at 11,000 school districts across the country. Third-grade test scores, he found--whether they were
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