The average Maryland student sits for more than 200 standardized tests throughout their time in school.
In some Maryland districts, students take more than 50 hours of standardized tests in one year.
95% of Maryland educators – a near-unanimous consensus – say there’s too much standardized testing in schools.
We're fighting for
- Setting a cap of 2% for how much instructional time can be devoted to mandated standardized testing.
- Ensuring that the PARCC test cannot be used in teacher and principal evaluations, which only encourages heightened focus and pressure on standardized testing performance.
- Applying to the federal government to seek innovation in testing so districts can experiment with performance-based assessments rather than PARCC.
- Establishing state and local assessment task forces to evaluate what tests are truly useful to educators and students.
- Allowing for the opt-out of any testing for special education students/parents when an approved IEP accommodation is not allowed.