Tips for administrators
Superintendents who want to reduce testing time should perform an assessment audit, says Bob Schaeffer, public education director at the National Center for Fair & Open Testing.
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Key steps include:
Determine every test required by the federal government, the state, the district, and at the building level.
Tally how much time each test requires in terms of preparation, the test itself, and grading.
Eliminate redundant standardized exams required by the district or individual schools.
Look to model districts like Vancouver Public Schools that have eliminated tests.
Alison DeNisco is a freelance writer in Kentucky.