To better prepare students for college, Virginia has made its state standardized math exam more challenging, education columnist Jay Mathews writes in this blog post. Even though some schools in the state saw sharp decreases in scores, state officials have defended the revisions. Mathews notes that some educators such as Steve Shapiro, a math teacher at Falls Church High School in Fairfax County, question whether the test adequately serves students who have no plans of pursuing a college degree.

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