In the Pittsburgh PS, how much testing is enough? from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette…

“Get those No. 2 pencils ready.

“In the Pittsburgh Public Schools this school year, a total of more than 270 tests — required by the state or district — will be given to students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

“In fourth grade alone, there are 33 required tests, just shy of one a week on average and the most of any grade level. That’s s

till about 10 fewer tests than fourth-graders took last year.

“The district has no choice for some of them; the state mandates them.

“In fourth grade, the state requires the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests in math, reading and science (three tests), and the GRADE test, a standardized reading test published by Pearson required for recipients of Keystone to Opportunity reading grants (three tests). Beyond that, fourth-graders also take DIBELS Next, a brief oral standardized test of reading fluency (three tests); reading module tests that are hybrids created by the reading publisher Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and district staff (15 tests); reading unit tests, also hybrids, (five tests); and math benchmark tests created by district staff (four tests)…”

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