The study says standardized tests are an overwhelming national public school.
The American public school students in the past decade the number of standardized testing explosive growth, most schools require too much suspicious tests, according to the first comprehensive survey of the nation’s largest region.
A typical student needs 112 standardized tests between pre-kindergarten and 12th grade, a new study by a new metropolitan school board found. By contrast, the majority of countries that performed better on international tests than those in the United States tested three times during their school careers.
“Modest, smart strategy tests can help us measure progress in school and help them learn,” he said. “But, I also heard parents worry too much test correctly, and those who feel so huge pressure to the teaching of the teachers, to their dual test and students, they also like teaching and learning. I want to solve this problem. ”
The most important test is the national eighth grade student, who spent an average of 25.3 hours on standardized tests during the school year, requiring all students to have a standardized test in a particular grade or study period. The report found that even the youngest students were affected.
The study analyzed test cases in 66 districts in the 2014-2015 academic year. It does not include tests or tests created by classroom teachers, nor does it take into account the time it takes for the school to prepare for the test.
It depicts a confusion, chaos in congress, the United States department of education and state and local governments under the authorization of layered testing, many studies that are worth to teachers and students. Companies that actively promote new tests are also being blamed, the study said.
“Everyone here is guilty,” said Michael Casserly, executive director of the metropolitan school board. “You have multiple actors who need to urge and encourage all kinds of tests, because for different reasons, it’s not necessarily clear what our kids are doing. The result is an evaluation system, not very smart, not consistent. ”
Before the study is published, the United States department of education provides an obvious error, to state and local region issued a 10 page “action plan”, expounds how to reduce the redundancy and low quality of testing. The department promised to help make money and staff and promised to modify some of those policies.
“At the federal, state and local levels, we all support policies that help enforce the problem,” education secretary Duncan said in a statement. We can and will work with states, regions and education workers to help solve this problem. ”
The agency recommends that states limit class time to 2 percent of class time. A similar proposal is part of a bill that the senate is waiting to replace “no child left behind”. Casserly warned against arbitrary restrictions, saying he was concerned that the country would eliminate the tests indiscriminately to meet the federal test limits. A better approach, he says, is for the federal, state and local players to coordinate and come up with a more thoughtful system.
The commission’s report added incentive for a national debate about testing, this debate has inspired various “exit” movement of parents and students, and to congress and state legislatures imposed a growing political pressure.
Earlier this year, Miami dade county public school superintendent Alberto Carvalho will reduce the test of one of the most significant attempt will be reduced the number from 300 to the end of the school district 10 times, completely canceled the elementary school.
“I believe in accountability,” said carvalho, who runs the nation’s fourth university district. “But better quality assessments… We are now in chaos across the country, and it is difficult to control, and I believe that both teachers and students are abused. ”
California canceled its high school graduation test three weeks ago, joining Minnesota, Mississippi, Alaska, Rhode Island and south Carolina. Virginia has reduced the number of statewide tests, and Montgomery county last month ended its high school final exam.
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The standardized tests have provoked a heated debate in congress, as lawmakers are replacing “no child left behind”. Test reviewers tried to erase federal requirements, and schools failed in math and reading tests. Civil rights advocates over to that test for struggling students is an important safeguard, because public report test scores illustrates the under-served students, and they are more rich in the history of the achievement gap between peers.
But even the test supporters agree to overload.
“For those of us who support the annual assessment, this does not mean that we support this kind of crazy,” focus on close achievement gap advocacy group chairman of the education trust card, cork (Kati Haycock) said. “There is an obvious problem here.”
Tests tend to be concentrated between February and may. The commission’s study found that there are many examples of redundance, with students often taking the final exams, advanced placement exams and final exams in the same course.
Jeffrey Cipriani teaches second grade at the Orchard Gardens k-8 pilot school in Boston. Even if his students fail to meet the federal level required for a test, the Boston public school will conduct three reading tests a year for his students. Because the tests are separate and can last up to 90 minutes, Cipriani needs to test the entire class for about three weeks.
“It’s a huge time,” he said. “I spent about 60 hours not studying, just giving those assessments. They are valuable, but not so valuable. ”
Study found that a number of test area and its students in the national education progress assessment (NAEP) no relationship between performance, it is a federal test every two years, this is the only consistent statewide student performance measures.
Although public schools has been going on for generations of standardized tests, but in 2001 congress passed the no child left behind “after the current growth began, requires countries every year from grade 3 to grade eight, read once a year math and reading.