CAP Report: Common Core Could Equal Fewer, Better Tests
A new report by the Center for American Progress looks at overtesting in American schools. Here are a few highlights:
- Students across all grade spans take more district tests than state assessments. Students in K-2 are tested three times as much on district exams as state exams, and high school students are tested twice as much on district exams.
- Students are tested as frequently as twice per month and an average of once per month.
- District-level testing occurs more frequently and takes up more learning time in urban districts than in suburban districts.
Because Common Core-aligned tests are intended to be more representative measure of student knowledge and skills, states and districts could, in time, find it less necessary pursue and develop additional tests—or, at the very least, that they will be more thoughtful about how additional tests can be used to inform instruction while not overburdening students and schools.
Read the full report here.