Alabama Drops Some Standardized Tests

By Stephen Sawchuk — June 01, 2009 1 min read
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Alabama teachers must be cheering.

The Yellowhammer State is the latest to discard some of its norm-referenced testing, according to the Birmingham News.

I wrote a longer story last month about this trend. Interestingly, though, I found that while states were starting to pare standardized tests that didn’t count toward NCLB, districts seem to be hanging on to their “benchmark” tests—tests that they use to determine whether kids are on track to passing the end-of-year NCLB tests.

Tell us what’s happening with testing in your district. Are you seeing cuts or is testing being preserved?

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teacher Beat blog.