voluntarily adopted new, more rigorous academic standards in
2010 and 2011 and teachers have been using them in their
daily instruction. As a result, states needed high-quality
assessments aligned to those standards that would test
students of all achievement levels on what they are
Many current state tests measure only lower-level skills.
The new assessments serve as an "educational GPS system,"
assess students’ current performance, and point the way to
what students need to learn by graduation so they are ready
for college and/or a career.
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