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High Standards and Better Tests Help Students Improve

Scott Sargrad and Coleton Whitaker explain how students' educational achievement has increased under the implementation of Common Core State Standards.

Five years ago, Kentucky became the first state in the country to start implementing the Common Core State Standards in classrooms and measuring whether students are reaching those standards. While Kentucky has not yet released its most recent test scores, more than half of the states across the country have done so. What the scores tell us is clear: states have raised expectations and have put in place better tests, and students are showing real progress.

What’s more, the changes that states have made to improve their testing practices and to reduce pressure typically stemming from these tests have slowed down the movement to opt out of testing.

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Scott Sargrad

Vice President, K-12 Education Policy

Coleton Whitaker

Campaign Manager