Brookings Fellow Says Most Improvement Lies in How Testing Data is Used

Brookings Fellow Says Most Improvement Lies in How Testing Data is Used

March 30, 2021

Andre Perry of the Brookings Institution lays out a compelling argument in the national debate on testing in a new piece, suggesting that the shortcomings many see with standardized tests are often rooted in how data is used, rather than with the tests themselves. Perry additionally underscores the need for data to inform pandemic recovery, as well as dismantle inequitable systems. “Gathering information is essential if we really care about closing gaps in educational opportunity and achievement. Information shines light on structural problems,” Perry wrote. Perry’s commentary comes as the Biden administration continues to stand by its original guidance expecting states to move forward with spring assessments while also approving wide testing flexibility requested by states like Colorado and Michigan.