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In Michigan, Less Testing is More

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It's rare to hear of a state that is decreasing its standardized testing in a particular subject. But that's exactly what Michigan is doing, according to an Associated Press article published today. Starting in the fall of 2010, instead of giving a short writing test to all students in grades 3 to 8, the state will give a longer and more comprehensive writing test only to students in grades 4 and 7.

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Does it really matter. Michigan students took the tests last October and the results have still not been released. Someone tell me how that helps school improvement efforts. It's testing for the sake of testing. How does ACT do it? We have the results - writing and all - in 30 days after testing.

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