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.
Poll shows strong parent backing for standardized tests
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