The endless testing was an attempt to raise standards in education. Instead, it resulted in a culture of perpetual competition, causing excessive stress for teachers, children, and their families but with no real improvement in standards.
The purpose of assessments is to support and improve student learning. However, there are much better ways to accomplish this than through countless tests.
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