What parents say testing is doing to their kids. – Corbett Burris

Corbett Burris, Carol. (2012, May 31).  Letter.  “What parents say testing is doing to their kids.” Via the Washington Post Answer Sheet.  Retrieved from: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/post/what-parents-say-testing-is-doing-to-their-kids/2012/05/30/gJQABJCz2U_blog.html

8,000 Parents and 6,000 teachers took a survey about testing in NY schools and the author writes about the results of the survey.

Parents said:

  • Nearly 80% reported that test prep prevented their child from engaging in meaningful school activities.
  • 87% reported that the current amount of time devoted to standardized testing is not a good use of their child’s school time.
  • 95% were opposed to increasing the number and length of tests
  • 91% were opposed to standardized tests for K-2
  • 65% reported that too much time is devoted to test prep
Teachers said:
  • 65% of over 6000 responding teachers said that their students did not have enough time for independent reading, project-based learning and critical thinking
  • 88% said that test prep had impacted the time spent on non-tested subjects such as science and art
  • Fewer than 3% believed that their students’ learning had increased because of testing.
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