From Harford Students Count on Us:
The 2016-17 HCPS calendar is pictured above. All the yellow days are potential testing days. Does that seem like a lot of testing to you? 104 out of 180 school days are potential assessment days in HCPS.
Harford County students are among the most over-tested students in Maryland.
The average Maryland student takes more than 200 mandated standardized tests during their K-12 career, leading to a dramatic loss of instruction time and narrowing of curriculum.
The time to reduce over-testing is now. Please urge your legislators to support critical steps to scaling back the over-emphasis on testing including:
– Setting a cap of 2% for how much instructional time can be devoted to mandated standardized testing.
– Creating transparency in testing through regular reporting to parents about mandated standardized tests in each school district.
– Ensuring that the PARCC test cannot be used in teacher and principal evaluations, which only encourages heightened focus and pressure on standardized testing performance.
– Reducing the months-long disruption caused by the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment by changing it to a sampling test rather than a test given to every student.
– Applying to the federal government to seek innovation in testing so districts can experiment with performance-based assessments rather than PARCC.
Our mailing address is:
Harford Students Count on Us
Harford County, MD
Bel Air, Md 21019