American and international testing data: A closer examination | IN 60 SECONDS


This is not a test. In recent years, there’s been much talk of
American schools having been consumed by “testing mania.” Heck, I’ve shared
some of these concerns myself. We especially hear these
concerns raised in comparison to supposed role models, like Finland. But
how much of an international outlier, really, is the US when it comes to
emphasis on testing? Turns out, not so much. A recent OECD analysis shows that
in 2015, 83 percent of US teachers put major emphasis on classroom tests to monitor
student progress. That sounds like a lot, but it wasn’t much higher than the OECD
average of 77 percent. Meanwhile, in science, in both 2007 and 2015, US
teachers put less emphasis on tests than did their OECD counterparts. In other
words, the US was a bit above the international norm in math and a bit lower in science.
If we think the international community is a reasonable benchmark,
the data suggests that concerns about over emphasis on testing
have been somewhat overblown. Do you think American schools are obsessed
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2 thoughts on “American and international testing data: A closer examination | IN 60 SECONDS”

  1. My problem is not that we focus on test more than other places, my problem is that focusing on tests mean that kids learn how to beat a test and not internalize the subject that the test is covering.

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