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Exam tests students’ skills, not memories

Usually when students sit down to take a standardized test, they do so with a pencil and a brain overflowing with facts, figures and theories. But for Lakeview Academy freshmen, their newest standardized test required something a little different, the Gainsville Times reports.

“It wasn’t like any test I’d ever taken before,” said Anna Beavers, 14. “It wasn’t regurgitating things you learned. It gave us situations that we’ll encounter in jobs when we’re older.”

The College and Work Readiness Assessment, administered Friday and Monday, measured analytic reasoning and evaluation, writing effectiveness, writing mechanics and problem-solving skills. The assessment will be re-administered to seniors every spring to compare how these skills grew over their four years in school, said Connie White, director of technology and learning at Lakeview…

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