The department also put out a report highlighting local and state efforts to pare back testing, including a Delaware district’s efforts to get rid of low-quality tests and replace them with better formative assessments, efforts in Tennessee to reduce tests for kindergarteners and 1st graders, and the work in Tulsa, Okla., to cut back on testing, especially in grades 3 and 5. U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. was in Tulsa Friday to hold a roundtable on those efforts.
The report and the grant program are part of the Obama administration’s “testing action plan”, announced last October, which is aimed at cutting back on standardized tests and improving test quality.
My two cents, can we make up our minds what we are doing? The ramifications of subjecting students and teachers to such constant change in policy is not only unhealthy, it’s disgraceful!