Putting testing to the test

In response to the lack of evidence surrounding the debate over whether students are being over tested, The Council of the Great City Schools has conducted the first detailed study on testing. They examined test practices in 66 of the U.S.’s largest urban school districts during the 2014-15 school year.

The study found that the average student in the 66 districts took eight standardized tests a year. Between PK-12th grades, eighth graders were tested the most, spending an average of 4.22 days testing per year. Yet there was no correlation between the amount of test time and math and reading achievement.

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