Your child will take many tests over the course of her education. Classroom tests are generally designed by the teacher and used when calculating your child’s grade. In contrast, a standardized test is created by an outside entity and used to compare students with one another or to determine whether your child has met certain benchmarks in a standardized curriculum. In elementary and middle school, standardized test results usually do not affect your child’s classroom grades. Standardized tests can tell you a lot about your child’s progress, but you need to understand how they are scored.

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