This spring, thousands of students across Washington are testing out the new Common Core exams. Common Core is a set of federal standards that stipulate what students should learn at each grade level.
Next year, the official Common Core tests will officially be administered throughout the state.
In the Tri-Cities area, where 30 schools are participating in this year’s trial run, some teachers are encouraging parents to opt out of the tests, saying the field tests “are putting an unnecessary burden on students, who sometimes break down in the classroom because of the stress.”
More from the Tri-City Herald:
The technological aspect also poses a challenge. Administrators in the Columbia School District in Burbank estimated it would take their elementary and middle school students two weeks to complete the field test in its current format, while previous standardized tests only took a few days.
‘This is much more intense,’ said Superintendent Lou Gates. ‘If we did two full weeks of testing, that seems like an extreme amount of time.’
Education officials, meanwhile, say the exams are a necessary assessment tool and that the early practice is beneficial to students and teachers.
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