This week students in grades 3-8 will take Common Core tests starting with the ELA. The state has made additional changes to the testing that they believe will help.
The amount of testing has been reduced from three days to two for each subject. Also this year, teachers within the state are now reviewing and writing each question to make sure its aligned to what’s happening in the classroom and the tests won’t be timed.
“It will give teachers more time in the classroom to teach while still getting the tests done and making sure we have a good sense of how kids are doing,” said Jeff Smink with High Achievement New York.
Jeff Smink with High Achievement New York says not only are there less testing days but the state also reduced the questions on the assessment. According to High Achievement New York, because of this year’s changes, they are seeing less parents opting out of testing.
The ELA assessments will take place this Tuesday and Wednesday. Math testing is next month. According to High Achievement New York these changes we’re made based on the concerns of parents.
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