Louisiana Association Of Educators Poll Reveals Dissatisfaction With Number Of Standardized Tests, Common Core
A majority of teachers across Louisiana believe students are being tested too much in regards to state-required standardized tests, according to a recent survey.
Debbie Meaux, president of the Louisiana Association of Educators, said the survey found that 78 percent of members think the current number of standardized tests is excessive and takes time away from valuable classroom instruction.
"When you add up all that time, we're looking at probably over a month's worth of school being devoted to testing," she told the American Press. "The overemphasis on standardized testing...hampers educators' abilities to focus on providing students with the broad range of learning experiences that promote the innovation, creativity, and deep subject-matter knowledge needed to help them thrive in an increasingly global society."
The survey also revealed dissatisfaction among teachers with the current structure of the accountability system, in which standardized test scores make up 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation score. Eighty-five percent felt that it was unfair, Meaux said, and that test scores held too much weight.
Also polled were teachers' thoughts on the Common Core State Standards, which began full implementation in Louisiana this school year. Fifty-two percent of LAE members felt negatively about Common Core, Meaux told the newspaper, and 62 percent believe the news standards don't ensure equity in learning for children.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.