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On Saturday, October 24, the Obama Administration issued a Fact Sheet on its new Testing Action Plan, which outlines ways that states can ensure that federally administered standardized tests are of high quality and effectively measure progress without dominating too much classroom time. The fact sheet was issued along with a message acknowledging the Administration’s role in implementing unnecessary or onerous testing requirements, and marks another step in its reversal on the issue.
“In the vital effort to ensure that all students in America are achieving at high levels, it is essential to ensure that tests are fair, are of high quality, take up the minimum necessary time, and reflect the expectation that students will be prepared for success in college and careers,” stated Saturday’s release. “In too many schools, there is unnecessary testing and not enough clarity of purpose applied to the task of assessing students, consuming too much instructional time and creating undue stress for educators and students. The Administration bears some of the responsibility for this, and we are committed to being part of the solution.”
The Testing Action Plan isn’t binding, but rather is intended to guide state and local decision-making regarding testing. Principles outlined in the plan include that tests should:
In addition to releasing the Action Plan, the Administration outlined several steps it has taken to cut back on testing, including revising waivers for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act’s testing in non-required subjects and scaling back the role of assessments in teacher evaluations.
To learn more about the plan, click here.
Posted by Sean Lynch on 10/26/2015 at 03:10 PM in ESEA, Executive Branch, In the News, Standards and Assessments | Permalink
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