Elementary and middle schools in Escondido will start a series of tests this week that administrators say should help students perform better.
According to our media partner the North County Times, the tests -- called "Measure of Academic Progress"—show how students’ performance compares with the district and nation.
"It is very exciting to go into the lab and watch the students take the tests," said Kathleen Sorensen, coordinator of language acquisition and assessment for the Escondido Union School District to the North County Times.
"Many of our students have set goals, and it's really exciting to see the kids' reactions when they meet the goals. Actually, the teachers get excited, too."
Before, the Escondido Union School District had been using a system that measured how well students learned at their grade level only.
District officials say the tests will allow them to track their student's growth throughout school.
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