President Obama aims to limit standardized testing in schools

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Testing, testing, one… two… 112! On average, children in the United States take 112 mandated standardized tests between pre-kindergarten classes and twelfth grade. Now compare that with the number of standardized tests students in other high achieving countries (i.e. those who outperform the United States on international assessments) take: just 3! The survey by Council of the Great City Schools gathered this and other data by surveying 66 urban school districts across the United States over the most recent academic year. The survey also found no correlation between the number of tests given in a certain school district and the reading and math scores of its students on the federal assessment test given every two years that is the consistent measure of student achievement from state to state.

In light of this new information and after hearing from parents who worry about too much testing and teachers who feel that they have lost their love and passion for teaching as a result of being pressured to make their students achieve high test scores, the Obama administration is creating a plan to reduce the amount of testing in schools.

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In a Facebook post announcing his concern and his administration’s updated approach on testing, President Obama unveiled a three point plan that included only taking tests that are “worth taking,” should “enhance teaching and learning,” and should comprise only one component of assessing the educational…

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