Decreased standardized testing underway at local schools

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The man in charge of instruction at the Boardman Local Schools says the state of Ohio has already made an effort to decrease the hours devoted to standardized testing.

Over the weekend, a group called the Council of the Great City Schools issued a report showing that students, on average, spend 20 to 25 hours a year taking standardized tests. That prompted President Barack Obama to call for capping standardized testing at two percent of classroom time.

Jared Cardillo, director of instruction at the Boardman school district, said reducing time spent on testing is already happening.

“It was getting to be a little too much, so the state made a decision to transition from PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) testing to AIR (American Institutes for Research) testing, which is a different company. And as a result of that, testing has decreased anywhere from 39 to 50 percent on any given test that we will be giving our kids,” he said.

Congress is also in the process of updating the No Child Left Behind Law.

The Obama administration does support some type of annual standardized testing.

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