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FW: Districts Scaling Back on Tests

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Jim Abrams <[log in to unmask]>

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Middle Level Mathematics Network <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 2 Oct 2001 17:36:01 -0400

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Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2001 10:25:28 EDT



NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF STATE SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS COALITIONS
News Brief #978      Category: Assessment & Accountability
TITLE: "Districts Beginning to Scale Back On Tests to Lighten School Burden"

School districts around the country are beginning to cut back on their
testing
programs in response to increased state requirements for standardized tests.
Most recently, school districts in Montgomery County, Maryland, North
Carolina,
and Rochester and Buffalo, New York, have streamlined their testing systems.
The
trend is likely to continue as Congress prepares to pass legislation
requiring
students to be tested annually in grades 3-8.

Montgomery County education officials have eliminated their
criterion-referenced
tests (CRTs), which measure students' grasp of the reading and math
curriculum.
But because the district has been working over the last two years to align
its
curriculum and assessments to the state standards, the "CRTs became
superfluous," said Brian Porter, a district spokesman.

Students will still take the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills in grades 2,
4,
and 6; the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program in grades 3, 5,
and 8;
and the various teacher-designed tests that help determine their grades. In
addition to freeing up more class time, reducing the layers of testing also
helps districts cut costs. "It's going to happen more and more, as people
realize that maintaining a dual system takes a lot more proctoring, a lot
more
time, and a lot more costs," said Kathy Christie, policy analyst for the
Education Commission of the States.

Districts that do continue giving their own tests are likely to be those
that
want more control over the subjects covered, predicted Craig Jerald, a
senior
policy analyst for the Education Trust.

SOURCE: Education Week, 19 September 2001 (p. 01)
WEBSITE: http://www.edweek.org/ew/ewstory.cfm?slug=03assess.h21
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