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Should standardized testing have a heavy weight on teacher evaluations?

Governor Christie has reduced the weight of standardized test scores on teacher evaluations from 30 percent to 10 percent.

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Many argue that when too much importance is placed on standardized test scores, teachers focus on preparing students for the tests. They believe that education has changed since the tests were introduced, and that kids are losing out on important information because they must learn the material for the tests.

Others argue that standardized tests scores can play an important role in teacher evaluations. Students should be tested in the beginning and end of each year, and the growth or decline of the scores should be influence the teacher’s evaluation.

Should standardized testing play such an important role in teacher evaluations?

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