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Pittsburgh 4th graders have to take 33 standardized tests. What about your kids?

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Do you have any idea how many tests your kids take during the school year?

Do you have any idea how long they have to sit quietly through each test and be bored when they are done?

Do you have any idea of the pressures upon them as they take each test?

Do you have any idea how many hours and days are spent testing during the school year?

Do you have any idea how much instructional time is lost due to the worthless tests and test preparation?

“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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