Poll shows strong parent backing for standardized tests

08/18/2013 | Washington Post (tiered subscription model), The

Most parents, 93%, say standardized exams should be used to measure how students are doing in school, according to results of a poll by The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. A majority, 75%, said assessments are a reliable measure of students' skills and 69% said exams are a good way to track schools' effectiveness. Nearly three-fourths of those polled said it should be easier to fire ineffective teachers, but many also voiced support for district funds being spent to help new teachers.

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