Last week acting U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. released a video to announce that the U.S. Department of Education was going to issue guidance for states and school districts on what can be deemed “an unnecessary test.”
Is he talking to education professionals or kindergarteners?
From a press release the U.S. Department of Education issued:
“High-quality assessments give parents, educators and students useful information about whether students are developing the critical thinking and problem solving skills they need to succeed in life,” said King. “But there has to be a balance, and despite good intentions, there are too many places around the country where the balance still isn’t quite right. We hope this guidance will help restore that balance and give back some of the critical learning time that students need to be successful.”
The guidance outlines how federal dollars may be used to help reduce testing in schools, while still ensuring that educators and parents have the information they need on students’ progress to improve learning. The guidance shines a light on innovative work already happening across the country and provides examples of how states and districts can use their federal funding to explore new strategies for ensuring the use of high-quality, useful and well-constructed assessments, and the elimination of redundant and burdensome assessments.
Whew! I’m not sure what we would have done without this. Apparently we would never be able to figure this out without guidance from the Feds.