Even though students who use BJU Press textbooks seem to score higher on nationally standardized tests, we don’t like to brag about it. That’s for two reasons:
1. No publisher can ethically guarantee good test scores.
The natural abilities of students will usually play a greater role in test scores than any curriculum ever could. If a child is highly gifted academically or if he or she has serious trouble in school, his test scores will not be changed much by one textbook over another. * Teachers are also critical. A motivated, talented teacher can inspire students to great achievements without a textbook in his hand. Other factors include home environment, local community, family income level, the parents’ educational level, and so on. So when parents, teachers, and administrators look for a publisher which will—first and foremost—promise high test scores, they’ll need to look for an unethical publisher.
Given this, ethical publishers can’t really differentiate themselves based on test scores. So what distinguishes textbooks from different publishers if not test scores? We’re glad you asked...
2. There are more important things than achievement test scores.
A student’s score on the SAT or ACT may be a determining factor in his or her college chances, and that’s important (which is why BJU Press curriculum meets or exceeds all national education standards). But making test scores an all important—or even most important—issue just doesn’t seem right to us. There are many other factors in Christian education which we think are more important than test scores. The first is instilling Christlike character in students which we strive to do with our biblically-integrated materials. The second is helping students to think critically about their subject, not just memorize facts about it. The third is encouraging a life-long love of learning. These are all things BJU Press curriculum excels in.
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- Teaching to the Real Test
* read about the trouble with “advanced” (or “accelerated”) textbooks