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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Shorten the tests?

Sent to the New York Times, Sept. 17, 2015.

Making the tests shorter is designed to give testing critics the feeling that they have accomplished something. ("New York Will Trim Common Core Exams After Many Students Skipped Them." Sept. 16.) All it does, however, is expand the floor of the cage a little bit.
The serious problems with common core testing will remain: There will still be far too many tests and far too much time devoted to testing. Students will still be taking tests that have not been shown to be valid and have not been shown to increase learning.
The tests cost schools and taxpayers a lot of money and there is no reason to expect that shorter tests will be significantly less expensive.

Stephen Krashen

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/17/nyregion/new-york-will-trim-common-core-exams-after-many-students-skipped-them.html?_r=0

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