President Obama wants to cap standardized testing at 2% of classroom time for students. Last week, we asked if you thought this is a good idea.
Readers were evenly split on this issue, 37% saying either “yes” or “no” and 26% saying they were unsure.
One reader responded, “Yes, ensuring that a minimal time is spent taking standardized tests is a good idea. However, it is much more important to set up a system that encourages teachers to spend classroom time teaching rather than simply preparing for the standardized tests. The stakes on how students perform on standardized tests are very high for teachers, sometimes to the point of being a key factor in continued employment. When I was in high school in New York State, teachers spent months with their classes reviewing copies of the standardized tests from previous years ("Regents Exams" they were called at the time). This may or may not have helped more students pass the tests, but it certainly detracted from real education.”
Other comments included: “How much dumber do you want to make the American student then he or she already is. We go overseas because we cannot find Americans qualified to do the work that we need on our production line.”
“I want the federal government out of education entirely.”
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