A good test serves as an academic check-in confirming our students are on track for success and that our teachers, schools, and districts are supporting their growth. Annual assessments, aligned to Tennessee’s rigorous academic standards, provide critical information to teachers, parents, schools, and districts so that instruction can be adjusted to match student needs.

Good tests that accurately and fairly measure what our students know, where they are growing and achieving, and where they need more support, are critical in student success. Good tests are also essential to quality classroom instruction. A test aligned with high academic standards also aligns professional development opportunities for our teachers, helping them focus their improvement in ways that further supports students.

Fewer, but better tests are a critical tool ensuring Tennessee’s classrooms are on the right path to success.

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