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Board passes resolution to address “Testing Madness”

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In a unanimous vote, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education passed a resolution to address “testing madness.”  

The DCSD assessment calendar illustrates the urgent need for change.  Students at one level or another are taking tests nearly every day of the year, most of which are mandated by state law.

“The over testing of our students has been a hot topic among our parents, teachers, and students,” said DCSD Board of Education President Kevin Larsen.  “We are committed to full accountability in measuring student outcomes with quality assessments.  Unfortunately, assessments like the new, state mandated PARCC test represent a lower level of skills than what our students require to be leaders in the 21st century.”

According to district officials, a confluence of legislation has created an increase in testing this year. On top of the intensive TCAP schedule and trial testing for the new PARCC tests, school districts across Colorado, including Douglas County, have been forced to add more standardized exams in an effort to meet new mandates.  

“The unfortunate result of the complex web of state laws has been over-testing,” continued Larsen.  “We are committed to doing what is best for our students and that means finding a solution and some relief from over testing.”

According to the resolution, “the Board of Education is actively advancing legislation which would provide school districts in Colorado an option to be fully accountable for creating quality, local assessments that measure what matters most for our students, and reporting those results to the community.  The legislation would also recognize a parent’s right to exempt their students from the statewide standardized tests without risk of a penalty to the student, teacher, school or district.”

Read more:

Board of Education resolution: full text

Douglas schools seek to opt out of federal, state standardized testing
(Your Hub / The Denver Post)

DCSD encourages parents to provide input on 'testing madness'

DCSD addresses testing ‘madness’

January 22, 2014 | By SCPaulsen | Category: Assessment and System Performance, Board of Education

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