From Education Dive – Aptitude tests are deeply ingrained in the high school experience. Educators often read the results to guide students on classes to take and even colleges to apply for after they graduate. In states like South Carolina, these assessments start as early as the 8th grade. But interests and strengths can change, certainly for middle schoolers, and even high school students can lack the skills — and maturity — to make longterm career decisions.

Winnowing career choices too early limits a child. Even using these tests to limit what classes a student can take may winnow options for them later in life. Take AP classes, intensive courses which require diligence and hard work to pass: Researchers believe that even if students don’t pass the final test that earns them college credit, the discipline they learn to complete the course is valuable for their future.

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