Members of the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of the Great City Schools said recently they will work to decrease the number of tests students take in elementary and secondary schools. The groups will form a task force to identify and eliminate unnecessary assessments. In a survey of its 67 member districts, the Council of the Great City Schools found that students sit for an average of 113 standardized tests between preschool and 12th grade.
“Assessments are a critical part of public education because they help measure how every student is learning and making progress toward the goals we have set. Yet we as state leaders understand there is always room for improvement. As we transition to new assessments aligned with college and career-ready standards in every state, this is a great opportunity for state leaders to take a look at all assessments and make sure they are of the highest quality and deliver meaningful results,” said Council of Chief State School Officers Executive Director Chris Minnich.
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