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Nevada kids taking too many tests? State lawmakers examine process

Posted: 10:09 PM, Feb 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-23 01:12:51-05

NEVADA (KTNV) — Do you think your kids are taking too many tests?

That is a question state lawmakers are looking into, releasing a 40-plus page audit.

The audit reviewed ten tests required and administered by the state, highlighting six key findings.

Among those:

-Teachers telling researchers the state testing needs to be more efficient

-Test directors said there were mixed feelings about the usefulness of some o the state test and requirements.

-The need for quicker test results.

Several teachers testified before the Nevada Senate Committee on Education stressing the need to streamline standardized tests saying they put added stress on students and prevent them from learning the information they are tested on.

We don't want them spending time getting ready for the big test; we want them working on the curriculum the things we want students to learn, the things they will remember," Theo Small, Vice President of the Clark County Education Association said.

Another criticism from teachers at Friday's meeting was the fact the $100,000 audit did not offer any insight into how the state could streamline all the tests to increase instructional time.

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