Indiana’s third graders are gearing up for the biggest exam of their young academic careers. Students who can’t pass the state’s test of their reading abilities this March can’t move on to fourth grade. With stakes that high, many educators have decided they need more data on how well students are doing in reading. But it’s a practice that sounds, to some, like “teaching to the test.” StateImpact Indiana’s Kyle Stokes visited a Monroe County elementary school using “data-driven instruction” to help everyone prepare for high-stakes tests.
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