Fewer, Better Tests Under Common Core
Efforts are underway to reduce the number of standardized tests through utilizing Common Core-aligned tests. Reporting on the joint effort of the CCSSO and the Council of Great City Schools, Ed Week notes:
“The effort to reduce testing is, by some accounts, a way of clearing the path for the common-core tests being developed by [PARCC] and [SBAC]. If those tests are aligned to the standards and accurately gauge student learning, some experts say, that will negate the need for supplementary tests.”
Of last week’s Center for American Progress report, the article adds: “the new common-core-aligned assessments could ultimately be the key to less testing.”
States and districts could work together, utilizing Common Core-aligned tests, to help schools reduce needless testing and better utilize students’ and teachers’ time in the classroom.
Read the full article in Ed Week.