Survey: Missouri teachers want state standardized tests suspended this year

By: | January 8, 2021

Missouri’s teachers believe state standardized tests shouldn’t be conducted for the 2020-21 school year as they report higher stress levels, with some having considered leaving the profession altogether, a recent survey of Missouri State Teachers Association members found.

The Missouri State Teachers Association, which represents over 47,000 educators throughout the state, surveyed teachers in early December and found nearly 94% said statewide assessments should be suspended.

Over 5,700 MSTA members responded to the survey, with about 530 additional responses from nonmembers. A little more than 67% said they believed all of their students would not have access to take standardized tests, and roughly 96% said their time would be better spent with increased instructional time to teach content with local formative assessments.

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