More time learning, less time testing

August 2017

School students in Pennsylvania will spend more time learning and less time testing in the classroom this school year.

Gov. Tom Wolf has rolled out a plan to reduce the amount of classroom time devoted to standardized testing in public schools by 20 percent.

Dolores McCracken, the vice president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, praised the decision on behalf of educators and support professionals.

"There is no doubt that reducing the actual time students spend taking state tests is good for our students," McCracken said. "Gov. Wolf today reaffirmed what educators have been saying for a long time – that too much emphasis on standardized testing interferes with teaching and learning."

PSEA earlier this year released a policy brief on standardized testing aimed at reducing the amount of time spent on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests; separating Keystone Exams from graduation requirements; and ensuring that statewide standardized tests are used only for government accountability requirements. Learn more at www.psea.org/testing.

"Gov. Wolf today reaffirmed what educators have been saying for a long time – that too much emphasis on standardized testing interferes with teaching and learning." - PSEA VP Dolores McCracken

 

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