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  •  The lost instructional time (7+ / 0-)

    is even greater than what is shown in the two charts. Even though an individual student may only test 2-6 hours in a given testing window, the disruption to classroom instruction goes on throughout the window, which may last two or more weeks.  Students are pulled out of other classes to test, different ones every day.  They all have to be caught up.  In my school the library is closed, laptop computers are unavailable for instruction.  Out of a school year of 40 weeks, I would say at least six are lost every year as a result of testing.

    Light is seen through a small hole.

    by houyhnhnm on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 08:34:25 PM PDT

    •  Yep. (1+ / 0-)
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      It goes way beyond the actual hours of testing and test prep.  If a test is half a day, pretty much the whole day's learning is lost.  The worst part is that the schools with the most struggling learners are the ones that waste the most time on the testing process.  The kids who really need all that instruction time are the ones who lose the most of it.  

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