Do your state education tests accomplish the following goals?
a) Accurately measure how much a child has learned
b) Ensure that the student is ready for college or a career after high school
c) Depict what the student knows and can do
If all of the above apply, your state might be able to score 100% on its tests—and earn some cash. The Department of Education “is looking to hand out up to $350 million” in stimulus funds “to states willing to revamp how they test students, reports the AP.
In Politics K-12, a blog for Education Week, Michele McNeil writes that the Education Department "has given the green light to the $350 million Race to the Top assessment competition, which will award grants to groups of states to create rigorous common tests to complement the common standards effort already underway."