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Do We Test Too Much?

Despite recently announced reductions in state-mandated standardized testing, some still believe Tennessee tests our students too much.

State Assessment Task Force member and Maryville Director of Schools Mike Winstead suggested as much at a recent committee meeting:

“When we look at the states we’re chasing and trying to catch on NAEP and move up the ladder, I’d guess there’s none that test as much as (Tennessee does),” he said. “More tests are not going to help us catch them.”

Winstead said time spent testing has increased dramatically over the last five years, and this year’s reductions just bring the state back to a previous level of over-testing, rather than solving the problem.

What do you think? Is there still too much testing in Tennessee? What alternatives might help us assess learning while striking the right balance? Let us know!