A report out of George Washington University reveals that teacher gripes about standardized testing – both the volume and the pressure for “test prep” is – widespread.
The Center on Education Policy surveyed more than 3,000 teachers and found 81 percent believe their students spend too much time taking tests required by their district or state, according to the results released last month. Some 62 percent they spend too much time on test prep for those state exams and 51 percent say the same about district exams.
How much time do students in Palm Beach County spend on testing? We looked into it…
Teachers, surveyed in late 2015, may be unhappy, but they also said they aren’t ready to ditch tests altogether, they just want to cut back on their frequency and length, according to the CEP report.
“Public school teachers in the United States are not a happy lot. While the profession may not be in full-blown crisis, teachers report being concerned and frustrated with shifting policies, an outsized focus on testing and a lack of voice in decision making,” according to a statement issued with the report, conducted with financial backing from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
The average Palm Beach County student spends about five hours in third grade to just more than 13 hours in 10th grade on state exams, or at most 1.3 percent of their time.
The most tested class of students are sophomores who, in addition to investing 13 hours on state exams, typically will spend nearly 17 hours on district-required exams — mostly writing assessments and midterms.
Read the full story to see what Palm Beach County teachers found useful and what they found frustrating.