What should districts keep in mind when weighing new federal testing guidelines?

Summary:  In a video released last week by the U.S. Department of Education, acting Secretary of Education Dr. John B. King Jr. discussed ways states can get rid of poor quality, redundant, and “unhelpful” testing. The YouTube clip, announced via press release, came alongside a written letter setting guidelines for states to implement President Barack Obama’s Testing Action Plan.

Source:  Erin McIntyre, Education DIVE, February 11, 2016

Categories:  Standardized Testing, Student Achievement

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“High-quality assessments give parents, educators, and students useful information about whether students are developing the critical thinking and problem solving skills they need to succeed in life,” Dr. King noted. “But there has to be a balance, and despite good intentions, there are too many places around the country where the balance still isn’t quite right. We hope this guidance will help restore that balance and give back some of the critical learning time that students need to be successful.”

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