From grassroots campaigns to the Oval Office, a common must have for education reform is fewer tests. Now that ESSA has passed, NPR asks what K-12 testing will look like in 2016. Overall, it won’t be much different than 2015.
NPR’s Observations and Predictions
- Federally mandated testing is likely to increase, not decrease, next year since ESSA still requires states to test at least 95 percent of students each year in reading and math for grades 3 through 8 and once in high school.
- The stakes will be lower, though, since states will set their own targets.
- The opt-out movement has lost momentum since scores will not be tied to teacher evaluations.
- With all of the changes in testing districts can’t reliably track student progress.
- Most important for developers, as states play with how they define meaningful assessment, they will look for new ways to track accountability.
Read “School Testing 2016: Same Tests, Different Stakes,” by Anya Kamenetz, NPR (December 28, 2015)