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‘Race to the Top’ Rules Raise Concern

While the U.S. Department of Education completes rules for doling out $4 billion to states in the Race to the Top competition, a group of prominent testing experts is cautioning officials not to use just one measure of student achievement and teacher improvement.

Photograph by Gabrielle Pollard

Photograph by Gabrielle Pollard

The Board on Testing and Assessment, part of the National Research Council, warned against using a single test, such as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, to measure growth in student achievement.

According to Education Week, the experts instead urged the department to “pursue vigorously the use of multiple indicators of what students know and can do,” in the Race to the Top competition. They also suggested that the department’s plans to use student data to evaluate teachers could be premature.

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