Is kindergarten too early to start using standardized tests?

09/25/2012 | Reuters

ACT is preparing to introduce standardized tests that measure college- and career-readiness for students ages 8 to 18. Paul Weeks, a vice president at the testing company, says it also has prioritized the development of similar tests for even younger students. There are at least 25 states that have some type of standardized testing in kindergarten. "There are skills that we've identified as essential for college and career success, and you can back them down in a grade-appropriate manner," Weeks said. "Even in the early grades, you can find students who may be at risk."

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