This just in from President Obama:
I hear from parents who rightly worry about too much testing, and from teachers who feel so much pressure to teach to a test that it takes the joy out of teaching and learning both for them and for the students. I want to fix that.
The President has made clear he has no intention of scaling back the current federal requirement that all students, from grades 3 through 8, be tested annually in math and reading and that students between grades 10 and 12 be tested at least once. The administration recommends capping at 2 percent the amount of classroom time students spend taking required, statewide, standardized tests.
If, according to the Council of Great City Schools, the average amount of time devoted to taking mandated tests during the 2014-15 school year was 2.34 percent of school time for the average 8th grader—the grade with the most mandated testing time, what indeed is the President actually offering?
A real reduction of .34 percent? Seriously?