Report: High-stakes tests have not improved learning

High-stakes standardized tests have had little to no effect on student learning, according to a decadelong study. Research conducted by a committee of the National Academy of Sciences found that reforms initiated under No Child Left Behind, merit pay for teachers tied to tests and other initiatives have done little to improve learning. In addition, the report found there are few safeguards to ensure staffers aren't gaming the scores for their own benefits.

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