3 ways the pandemic will change education and standardized testing

  • Marcy Daniel is the chief product officer of PowerSchool, a company that provides online learning and software for K-12 education.
  • As a leader in education technology, she predicts there will be three major changes to learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Daniel says there will be a greater emphasis on mastery learning, personalized education, and project-based learning in place of high-stakes testing.
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Anyone who has attended a public school over the past 20 years is familiar with standardized testing. With a No.2 pencil in hand, each student sits for an extended period, neatly filling in bubbles on a variety of questions on the curriculum taught throughout the year. Much of the testing has moved online in recent years, but still requires proctored computer labs and takes several days of classroom time. 

Standardized testing has a long history in the US education

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