Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Tulsa schools cutting down on tests

The superintendent of the Tulsa Public Schools has announced that testing will be cut in half this year.

From KOTV's report:

At Monday night's Board of Education Meeting, TPS Superintendent Dr. Deborah Gist said all pre and post unit assessments are now optional, third graders will not take the MAP English Language Arts test any longer, and secondary students will only take the Scholastic Reading Inventory, which is used to determine their reading level, three times a year instead of four.

It's one of the first big changes from Gist, who has heard the complaints since she started; and the change is welcome news for a lot of teachers and students.

A TPS committee has determined some of the tests aren’t needed and cutting them out saves money and time.

Sadly, the same approach won't be used in the Joplin R-8 School District, which paid $300,000 for a new testing regimen that for the first time will be testing kindergarten through second graders.

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