Students
Testing 101

TestSMART:

It's All About Doing the Best on the Test

Quick: This is a test.

  • What’s the best way for students to show how much they've learned, and still need to learn?

  • What's the best way for teachers to determine how to meet each student"s needs?

  • What's the best way for schools to ensure students meet important standards?

The answer is: Testing.

Research shows that students do best when schools apply a variety of assessments, everything from teacher observation to art projects to standardized tests. The gold medal in education, then, is achieved by measuring student learning by a variety of approaches, as San Diego Unified does.

Testing provides important academic results, and it's the law. Our district complies with all federal testing mandates and state requirements. In the same way physicians perform annual physical examinations to maintain optimal patient health, our testing program provides comprehensive academic check-ups for students, teachers and schools.

So, when springtime brings a fresh crop of assessments, our schools use innovative ways to keep students as sharp as their No. 2 pencils.