(Apr 22) U.S. education chief: States should limit amount of testing for students

U.S. education chief: States should limit amount of testing for students
By Daveen Rae Kurutz
Beaver County Times

CHICAGO — The nation’s top education official wants to see less testing in schools across the country but defended the importance of standardized tests.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said states need to draw a line in the sand when it comes to how many days students are spending on testing.

“In many places, I think there is too much testing,” Duncan said during the Education Writers’ Association 68th National Seminar in Chicago on Tuesday. “We should be challenging states to set a cap, to set a limit.”

Pennsylvania does not have a cap on the amount of time that students can participate in standardized testing. The state Department of Education spokeswoman Nicole Reigelman said the number of days that Pennsylvania schools spend on state assessments varies by school.

Full Story: U.S. education chief: States should limit amount of testing for students, by Daveen Rae Kurutz, Beaver County Times, 04/22/15

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