How much standardized testing is enough?
Education Week is reporting that SBAC will offer the option of shorter or longer versions of the planned Smarter Balanced Assessments. For 3-5 grades, the shorter version will be about 6.5 hours (instead of about 10.5 hours). For 6-8 grades, the shorter version will be about seven hours (instead of about eleven hours). For high school, the shorter version will be eight hours (instead of about thirteen hours).
Presumably this is just the amount of time for administering the summative assessment and does not include time for test preparation (how to use the testing software, how to approach performance tasks) or the optional interim assessments.
I confess that I haven’t got any idea how much time Iowa students currently spend taking standardized tests, but I don’t recall standardized exams taking more than a few hours per year when I was in elementary and junior high school. In fact, I don’t recall ever sitting for a multi-day standardized test until the Iowa Bar Exam.
It is hard to imagine that this much standardized testing is necessary or desirable.
HT: Joanne Jacobs.