Commentary: Low quality test prep bores students, demoralizes teachers

10/3/2003 | Education Week

When used correctly, standardized tests can drive school improvement, but in today's pressure-packed school environment, many teachers feel they must resort to "drill and kill" methods to prepare students for exams, says Kim Marshall, former curriculum director for Boston schools. Students ultimately are the victims when teachers don't use high-quality teaching methods and preparation materials, Marshall says.

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