The reason Toledo, Ohio has a 96% proficiency in standardized tests is because they use the Authentic Assessment approach to test a child's aptitude for what they are learning and to figure out the areas they are struggling in. Authentic Assessment proves simply testing an isolated skill or a retained fact does not effectively measure a student's capabilities. To accurately evaluate what a person has learned, an assessment method must examine his or her collective abilities. This is what is meant by authentic assessment. Authentic assessment presents students with real-world challenges that require them to apply their relevant skills and knowledge.
Colorado Springs has a 94% proficiency rate in standardized testing because while it is important to the school systems, it is not the most important thing. Schools prepare for these tests and ensure that every child is well prepared for the exam, but asking for areas of struggle. These standardized tests include the core subjects taught in the classroom, allowing for easy review in cases of a student struggling. Colorado Springs, does not have the stress factor on these tests, which helps increase the scores because there isn't as much pressure.