This essay examines the relevance of high-stakes assessments in preparing students to graduate from high school, succeed in postsecondary education, and contribute meaningfully to the rapidly changing economy. It outlines research that questions the relevance of high-stakes assessments—such as college admissions exams and high school exit exams—and highlights the disproportionate negative impact these exams have on communities of color and people from low-income households. The essay charges policy makers and other decision makers to reexamine the function and impact of such assessments.
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