Standardized testing has become almost universal in public schools from coast to coast as school boards have sought to find ways of ensuring teachers and learners are getting the biggest bang for their educational buck. It has created problems, however, as testing can often crowd learning time out of the classroom.
Various alternatives pop up from time to time, but as with all educational reforms change happens slowly. An interesting idea, however, is slowly gaining momentum in Florida -- replacing state-based standardized tests with the ACT or SAT exams.
Key state senators have said this year they plan to push a bill — though it isn’t filed yet — to reduce testing in public schools. Their proposal, they said, likely would allow a swap of the ACT or SAT fo... Read full article