November 4, 2015
For most students, tests are just another part of the education experience used as tools to help teachers gauge whether students actually learn what they’re taught.
While some might think that this is just a necessary burden, the White House believes that tests have taken away valuable time for learning, teaching, and fostering creativity in schools. To counter this, President Barack Obama has recommended limiting standardized tests to take up no more than two percent of a student’s classroom instructional time.
According to a Council of Great City Schools study of 66 school districts, students will take about 112 standardized tests between pre-K and high school graduation.
Obama’s plan outlines steps to help teachers end tests that don’t benefit students or themselves.
“The fixation of high-stakes testing hasn’t moved the needle on student achievement,” American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten told USA Today. “It’s a big deal that the president and the secretaries of education — both current and future — are saying that they get it and are pledging to address the fixation on testing in tangible ways.”
According to a PDK/Gallup poll, 64 percent of the roughly 4,500 adults surveyed believed that there is “too much emphasis” on standardized testing, compared to the 19% that said there was “about the right amount” of standardized tests.