Results of Smarter Balanced testing audit worry parents

Many hours taken out of learning time for the tests is a sore spot for many

Tenth grade students take a chemistry test while in class at Springfield High School. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
Tenth grade students take a chemistry test while in class at Springfield High School. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Oregon’s new Smarter Balanced testing of students is in need of some repairs.

That’s the finding of a recent state audit.

The audit found many parents don’t understand the purpose of new statewide tests in English and math. It also found the tests don’t help teachers when they are given midyear, and results given after students are in the next grade.

The tests are supposed to measure whether students are meeting Common Core standards so they’re ready for college and careers. But the many hours taken out of learning time for the tests is a sore spot for many parents, teachers and students.

Some educators and parents wonder what they get in return, especially when they can’t even see the tests or specific individual results.

“This report validates what educators say across the state. We’re putting too much emphasis on standardized testing. We need to use assessment time effectively,” said Hanna Vaandering, president of the Oregon Education Association.

Oregon is one of 15 states that give the Smarter Balanced tests to students in grades K-8, as well as 11th grade.

State education leaders say they will work to get test results back to schools quicker and see what other resources they can provide schools.

To view audit results, click here.

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