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Once common, testing preschoolers has changed shape in California

Lawana Nelson, Head Start Teacher

Deepa Fernandes / KPCC

Lawana Nelson teaches in the Options Head Start program in Pasadena. She wears an apron with pockets so she can keeps paper to make notes about her students progress and challenges. It's part of the on-going observational method Options teachers use to assess student growth and development.

Although a lot of people don't like standardized tests in public schools, they're not going away any time soon. But how we test could get a makeover - as we've seen with publicly funded preschools.

As part of our continuing look at school testing, KPCC's Deepa Fernandes takes us to a Head Start classroom, where the way we assess the youngest has changed dramatically in the past decade.

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