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Learning Curve

Backlash over standardized testing expected to continue

Adriene Hill Dec 29, 2014
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One of the big stories of 2014 was the backlash against standardized testing. Teachers, principals and school boards protested against the number of tests their students had to take.

As most states gear up for the first big round of Common Core tests in 2015, more protests are expected.

“Teachers say it’s disruptive to the school day,” says Marketplace’s education correspondent, Amy Scott. “And that spending a lot of time preparing for tests is not the same thing as learning.”

So will we see fewer tests in 2015? Scott seems to think so. She says some states have already moved to reduce the amount of tests students have to take. And the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is long overdue for a rewrite.