Obama Administration Calls for Limits on Testing in Schools


U.S. Obama Administration Calls for Limits on Testing in Schools


Faced with mounting and bipartisan opposition to increased and often high­stakes testing in the nation’s public schools, the Obama administration declared Saturday that the push had gone too far, acknowledged its own role in the proliferation of tests, and urged schools to step back and make exams less onerous and more purposeful.

Specifically, the administration called for a cap on assessment so that no child would spend more than 2 percent of classroom instruction time taking tests. It called on Congress to “reduce over­testing” as it reauthorizes the federal legislation governing the nation’s public elementary and secondary schools. . .

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