New Your State School Boards Association

Statement of New York State School Boards Association Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on Testing Requirements


FOR RELEASE:  June 11, 2012

CONTACT: David Albert
(518) 783-3716 or (518) 320-2221 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

The New York State School Boards Association recognizes that the reasonable testing of students is an important tool to evaluate student, teacher, and school performance. 

That said, school boards have concerns that too much testing is eating into instructional time, to the detriment of our students.

From school board members, the message is clear:  less testing for students means more instructional time from teachers. 

The tests themselves should be meaningful – that is, they should align with college and career readiness, so results actually signify that students are ready for higher education or the workforce.

Lastly, school board members depend on assessment data to make critical decisions about curriculum, hiring, and resource allocation, among others.  Accurate, reliable data is key.

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