Parents Agree, Too Much Testing in Schools
It’s not just teachers who say students are being subjected to too much standardized testing. A recently released poll of public school parents found that 67 percent think there’s too much emphasis on testing in schools.
Other highlights related to standardized testing from the PDK/Gallup Poll, a nationally representative survey of Americans, include the following:
- From a list of five ideas for improving public schools in their community, respondents ranked testing as least important.
- Standardized testing was also last on the list when respondents were asked to select from four approaches that would provide the most accurate picture of a public school student’s academic progress.
- Less than a quarter of respondents thought it was very important that they know how students in their community’s schools perform on standardized tests compared with students in other school districts, states, and nations.
- Fifty-five percent of Americans and 63 percent of public school parents oppose including student scores on standardized tests as part of teacher evaluations.