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Proponents of this act claim that increased standardized testing will lead to greater teacher accountability concerning student learning. Further, it is believed that if students are at least proficient enough to pass the exams, then they have received a basic, sound education. Opponents of the plan, on the other hand, feel that it is inappropriate to put so much weight on one exam. They often feel that test bias or test anxiety can adversely affect scores and therefore render the tests inaccurate.
While politicians and educational leaders continue arguing over this issue, day-to-day teachers have little control over what happens. As a teacher, your only option is to make the best of the decisions that are handed down to you.