The Convoluted Machinations Of Standardized Testing

Standardized testing is a hot-button topic in the United States, and perhaps for good reason.

In the decade since the adoption of sweeping education reform policy often referred to as No Child Left Behind, there is little in public education such testing hasn’t radically transformed.

There is also the not-insignificant business and political side of things–concepts Diane Ravitch will be glad to reveal to you via twitter.

The following infographic helps demonstrate some of the reality. And while it’s true there are liars, damned liars, and statisticians, the numbers are difficult to ignore.

  • Pearson Education made more than $4 billion in North American sales alone in 2011
  • Following NCLB adoption in 2002, spending on standardized tests rose by nearly $700 million
  • In Florida, only 27% of students passed the 4th grade writing test in 2012. Florida’s response? Like many other states, they lowered the definition for proficiency, instantly raising proficiency scores to 81%, a statistic that will likely be misinterpreted by the communities the school is designed to serve. (And funded by.)

standardized testing infographic

Image attribution flickr user albertogp123

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