Why We Need To Improve Standardized Testing | ThinkProgress
According to a new report from the Center for American Progress on implementing the No Child Left Behind rewrite, or the Every Student Succeeds Act, states and schools could do much more to communicate with parents — and ensure that a child’s day at school doesn’t revolve around standardized testing. (Disclosure: ThinkProgress is an editorially independent site housed at the Center for American Progress.)
The Obama administration supports a move toward greater efficiency and quality of tests. The U.S. Department of Education, which has recommended that schools spend no more than 2 percent of classroom time taking tests, released official guidance on Tuesday providing more specifics on how federal funds can be used to improve testing. The guidance explains that states and districts should use federal money for professional development for teachers, to make sure tests and curricula are aligned, to audit assessments, and to facilitate better conversations with parents about why the tests are required.