What Are Teachers’ and School Leaders’ Major Concerns About New K–12 State Tests?

By Julia H. Kaufman, Laura S. Hamilton, Brian M. Stecher, Scott Naftel, Michael Robbins, Chandra Garber, Cordaye Ogletree, Susannah Faxon-Mills & V. Darleen Opfer
November 23, 2015

This report shares U.S. principals’ and teachers’ main concerns about testing, drawing upon new survey tools for understanding educators’ perspectives and implementation of major education policies: RAND’s American Teacher Panel and American School Leader Panel. The findings are drawn from the ATP and ASLP surveys fielded in February 2015, before the full administration of most state-mandated exams. Findings indicate particular concern with students’ test performance, as well as more prevalent concerns about the PARCC assessment compared with other assessments. The information about U.S. educators’ concerns will serve as a baseline for tracking changes in attitudes over time.

Source Organization: RAND Corporation

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