Standardized tests are exams that are used in a variety of contexts to determine knowledge and skills in certain areas. They are most commonly used in the United States as a method of measuring students' academic proficiencies in core subjects appropriate to kindergarten through twelfth grade (K12) levels. However, outside of K12 contexts, standardized testing serves a variety of purposes, including use in college or graduate school admissions, hiring, and professional licensure for certain professions. State bar exams, for example, are used to grant someone permission to practice law.
Use of standardized tests is required as part of K12 education policy, which is overseen by state governments and local school systems in the United States. The federal government monitors state...Read more