From Harford Students Count on Us:
Standardized testing takes far too much time away from learning, preventing students from developing well-rounded skills and a love for learning. Standardized testing takes away the opportunity for students to learn about art, music, finance, and physical education—subjects that keep kids engaged and give them a well-rounded education.
And it’s not just the tests themselves – hours upon hours of test prep, practice tests, and even “pretend tests” to check testing technology results in fewer class projects and field trips and more stressed out and burned out students.
Educators know that too much standardized testing doesn’t help their students do better in school – or in life. In a recent poll, 95% of Maryland educators – a near-unanimous consensus – said that there’s too much standardized testing in schools.
As educators, we’re working to reduce the amount of time spent testing so we can focus on what really matters for students. Join our movement today.