Whilst qualifications are a good proxy for the knowledge and skills that learners need, they do not, and will never, completely define the sum total of what a good education ought to provide.
In the US, annual summative student assessments provide educators, students, parents, policymakers and the public with invaluable feedback on student performance and areas in need of improvement. But concerns around the role of standardized testing are varied and real: some teachers are concerned that they have not been given enough time to adjust to new standards, some parents are concerned that there is too much time spent testing and too much teaching to the test, and some state policymakers want to maintain control over local education policy.
The Every Student Succeeds Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2016, deals with some of those concerns by devolving more power to the states, setting criteria for the development and use of innovative assessments, and establishing that other factors as well as test scores should be used to assess schools, but crucially it reaffirms a commitment to annual assessment in grades 3-8 and again in high school and requires states adopt challenging standards.
Pearson is taking the lead in developing the next generation of better, smarter, digitally-delivered assessments, ultimately to the benefit of students and teachers.
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Common Core in the US
We support high education benchmarks but we also recognize that each state has the right to choose its preferred way to do that-using Common Core standards or not. In fact, we are proud to provide products and services to states that have implemented the Common Core and to those that haven’t.