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MG, For example, put very simply, a decrease in the consistency/degree to which levels and/or increases in scores/graduation predict future outcomes such as college attainment, earnings, etc. One example (of many): http://bit.ly/RJZiTD (Note: These relationships are of course tough to disentangle and attribute to causes, especially over time.) MD

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Two places where we're not moving at all. We may use test scores to determine the fate of teachers or schools, but how have those test scores been used to understand how or why those teachers or schools are struggling. What exactly stops a new set of teachers or way of running a school from getting the same results? That they too may be removed if the scores don't improve. Secondly, we want to hold teachers and schools accountable for improving test scores without necessarily holding students accountable as well. What would the long term impact be if high school graduates knew potential employers would use their test scores as part of an evaluation? What if a student couldn't earn credit in a particular subject without a certain minimum score, advance to the next grade, or even graduate without a series of scores that met some criteria? How exactly have these test scores been used to evaluate what students bring to the process of improving educational outcomes? It's easy to imagine the entire conversation would suddenly and dramatically change.

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