Reshaping PA's student testing system

Late last year, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, a law with bipartisan support that gives states and school districts more say over how standardized tests are used.

Pennsylvania students still spend too much classroom time on standardized testing and test prep. The good news is that this new federal law is empowering states to put a plan together that works for their students.

Hours spent on testing and testing prep

The Pennsylvania Department of Education named four workgroups of educators, policy experts, and community leaders to do just that. One workgroup focused on assessment is exploring options for reducing testing time, decreasing turnaround time, and administering assessments later in the year.

Pennsylvania must finalize and submit its plan to the U.S. Department of Education before the law is fully implemented next school year. Many school leaders are weighing in, including the Pottstown school board, which recently passed a resolution calling on the state to reduce standardized testing and "develop an accountability system that is not 'one size fits all.'"

Partners Post will keep you updated on developments throughout the year.

 

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