The case for using ESSA audits to curb high-stakes testing

From NEA’s EdVotes

In about 2 weeks, Angelina Cruz, a 6th grade social studies and reading and language arts teacher, will attend a meeting she hopes will result in her district taking a hard look at the number of high-stakes, standardized tests students are required to take.

Cruz, WEAC member and president of the Racine Education Association, which represents hundreds of educators in the district, and a coalition of several other public education stakeholders, including students, parents, and community leaders, have asked the Board of Education for an audit of all the high-stakes standardized tests district students are required to take.

“We are confident that the district will find, as we believe, that assessments are duplicative and do not provide relevant or timely data to improve and differentiate instruction,” read the November letter to the board. “The members of this coalition also believe that the audit will show that test preparation and administration take too much time and reduce time available for instruction…Finally, we believe that a reduction in state and local assessments can save financial resources that can be used instead for education.”

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