Originally published on February 3, 2016 on NPR by Anya Kamenetz.
Acting U.S. Education Secretary John B. King Jr. wants states and districts to focus on streamlined, higher-quality tests in a broader effort to win back some classroom time.
And here's the kicker: The feds will actually pay for (some of) the transition.
"Good assessments can be part of great learning experiences. But simplistic or poorly constructed tests just take away from critical learning time without providing useful information," King said in a video announcement. "Despite good intentions, there are too many places around the country where the balance still isn't quite right."
Read the full story: http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/02/03/465300655/the-education-secretary-calls-for-fewer-better-tests