Standardized testing represents a fixed mindset in education, writes Jim Dillon, an educator and school administrator. In this blog post, he suggests that schools promote a "growth mindset," which focuses on "no matter how long it takes or how hard it is, I will learn what I want or need to learn." He writes that simple praise is not enough. "Only more substantive changes in educational practice can erase the fixed mindset that is communicated to students in their daily experience of school," he writes.

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