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Education Succeeds Without Standardized Tests

Civics and World - General

Teachers can learn something from FinlandMarin County educators gathered this week to imagine a world without standardized tests, one in which teachers would teach less and students would study less — yet score near the top on international tests of math, reading and science.

Teaching would be a highly regarded profession in this world, and decisions about curriculum and other aspects of education would be made at the school — rather than the state or county level. The "achievement gap" between rich and poor schools would be unknown, as all schools would provide their students with a high level of education, along with free meals, counseling and health care.

This mythical world of teachers' dreams has a name: Finland.

(READ the story in the Marin Independent Journal)

Thanks to Roberta for submitting the article!

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