Washington has made all states use these tests to evaluate students, teachers, principals, schools and entire school systems for nearly two decades.
For some teachers, this week's rotating strikes in Ontario are a chilling reminder of the school fallout of 1995-2002, when Mike Harris was premier.
There are many reasons to be skeptical about PISA rankings, and their use to compare student achievement or to identify best practices or solutions for educational problems.
The stakes could be highest for students around the world as education systems decide how to respond to the changing shape of global standardized testing.
Are current forms of standardized literacy tests really measuring children's capacity to read and interact with our rapidly-changing world?
Elite exam schools are some of the least diverse public schools in the US. Here's how colleges like Harvard could teach high schools like Stuyvesant to improve their admissions process.
Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?
Every year, 9 million students in China compete for just 6 million college admission spots. The systems that match students with schools are being overhauled. But will that improve outcomes?
Here's why disagreement about affirmative action will not end any time soon. Coming up next is a lawsuit brought by Asian-Americans challenging Harvard's race-conscious policy.
The writing part of the new SAT, considered optional, is required by many colleges and universities. What special challenges does it pose? And are schools ready to teach students those writing skills?
The ESSA, or the Every Child Succeeds Act, was considered to be a welcome replacement of the No Child Left Behind law. However, scholars point to some disturbing provisions in the new law.
Polls indicate that a large percentage of Americans know very little about Common Core, the standards for teaching math and English language arts. Here are some Common Core facts.
Do students get better scores on a pen and paper test or on a computer-based test? It all depends on the student's mastery of the method.
SAT prep is a multi-billion dollar industry today. Will the redesigned SAT restore its original goal of providing greater access to higher education for a diverse population?
South Africa's matric results and data from national benchmarking tests suggest that many school leavers aren't ready for university. It's also worth asking: are universities ready for them?
The year 2015 escalated many of the tensions that have existed on university and college campuses for a long time. It will be remembered as the year of student activism.
When your kids (or colleagues) misbehave, does anyone give you five options, one of which is uniquely correct, to solve the problem? So, why do we continue to test students in this way?
A decade after they were phased out, the government could reintroduce national tests for seven-year-olds.
President Obama's message has put issues around standardized testing back in the news. Here's what scholars have been saying.
A steakhouse wouldn't be evaluated based on a fish prepared at a seafood restaurant. But this is what teacher evaluation looks like.