‘A Threat and an Opportunity’ for Testing Companies

Educators Want Fewer and Shorter Tests That Generate More Useful K-12 Data

States and districts are under mounting pressure from parents and policymakers to cut the number of tests students take, and also to make assessments more meaningful to teachers and students.

A number of districts are conducting detailed reviews of the the time devoted to tests. But K-12 officials are also closely scrutinizing whether exams are well-aligned with academic standards, and whether they evaluate students’ high-order thinking.

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