How are teachers supposed to have time for instruction with all the testing required by the State?

Utilizing an augmented CRT instead of a separate NRT and CRT offers several benefits, including the following: 1) single testing period and earlier availability of test results; 2) single score report providing both NRT and CRT results of student performance; 3) technically sound levels of reliability, validity, and fairness, based on the extensive research that underlies both the CRT and NRT item sets; and 4) continued use of existing test designs, vertical scales, and proficiency levels. The Augmented Benchmark Examinations require four partial days of testing. The Augmented Benchmark Examinations at grades 5 and 7 will require one additional partial day of Science testing. The Augmented Benchmark Examinations are part of the overall plan for education within the state and are to be used to gauge the success of curricular and instructional change. All other tests given at the district level are at the discretion of the district. Research has shown that instruction is actually enhanced if there is focused, content-specific assessment at regular intervals with accurate and timely feedback.

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