Why do students need to take standardized tests? Part 1

The number 1 reason students need to take standardized tests is that the Federal Government requires that schools administer them. 
 

States that accept federal funds to support the education of children in poverty, English language learners, and students with disabilities are required to administer statewide assessments to all students. Currently, Colorado receives approximately $350 million in federal funds for these and related purposes. The minimum federally required assessments are:

  • Grades 3 through 8 for English language arts and mathematics
  • At least once in high school for English language arts and mathematics
  • At least once in elementary school, once in middle school, and once in high school for science

 The state of Colorado requires additional assessments as follows:

  • Social studies at selected schools in grades four, seven and 11 (Only one-third of schools will be selected each year to administer social studies assessments.)
  • PSAT in 9th and 10th grade
  • SAT 11th grade

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