Disconnect between grades and test scores

Parents are concerned about the difference between their children’s grades and their scores on standardized tests (“L.A. students’ grades are rising, but rest scores are falling. Why the big disconnect?” Los Angeles Times, Dec. 26). They should be.

The truth is that grading is basically subjective while scores on standardized tests are objective.  As a result, parents have no way of knowing what their children are actually learning. Yet school officials like to crow about the improved graduation rates.

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