Testing More, Teaching Less: What America’s Obsession with Student Testing Costs in Money and Lost Instructional Time
For this study by the AFT, assessment inventories and testing calendars from two medium-size urban school districts were reviewed. A two-district analysis was utilized to identify recognition and a variety of assessment practices. The study used a detailed researched-based rubric for estimating instructional time lost to test preparation (which the authors defined as giving practice tests and teaching test-taking strategies). The intent of including test preparation was to provide conservative estimates relative to other studies of time engaged in these practices. The report includes both findings and recommendations relative to testing practices and concludes with the suggestion for more widespread analysis of the costs of testing on local districts and communities.