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By Christopher Tienken
Seton Hall University 

Students' test scores tell us more about the community they live in than what they know


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(THE CONVERSATION) Every year, policymakers across the U.S. make life-changing decisions based on the results of standardized tests.

These high-stakes decisions include, but are not limited to, student promotion to the next grade level, student eligibility to participate in advanced coursework, eligibility to graduate high school and teacher tenure. In 40 states, teachers are evaluated in part based on the results from student standardized tests, as are school administrators in...

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