What Can You Do With 23 Additional Hours?

Students in Computer Lab --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

The Newport (OR) News Times has a great quote from Newport High School Principal Jon Zagel about the Smarter Balanced Assessments.

“The average time was 23 hours to take the test. Twenty-three hours where our kids could be in the classroom reading another novel, learning more about math, learning more about science — we’re in a computer lab.”


Unfortunately the article has a paywall so I haven’t read the rest, based on the title Mr. Zagel isn’t alone in his problems with Smarter Balanced. In this short quote Mr. Zagel raises an excellent question.

What can teachers do if they had an additional 23 hours (or so) with their students instead of taking a standardized test that frankly doesn’t help students? It doesn’t even help teachers considering how long it takes for scores to be released.

What a colossal waste of time.