Education group calls for fewer assessment tests

An education advocacy group founded by former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist is calling for fewer but smarter assessment tests and for helping minority students and the underserved bridge the achievement gap.
    
Those are among five goals the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) outlined Wednesday for Tennessee this year.
    
The nonprofit, nonpartisan education research and advocacy group also stressed the need to empower teachers and invest in professional training for school leaders. Finally, the group says business and community organizations should work more with the local schools.
    
The goals were announced hours after the state comptroller’s office released a report saying that despite recent gains, a large number of the state’s high school graduates are still not ready for college.

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