Educators’ Top Concerns Over New State Requirements for Assessment

An informal survey conducted recently by Performance Matters reveals a high degree of test anxiety among the many districts (79 percent) planning to develop their own assessments for subjects not tested by their state. Specifically, they’re concerned about:

● Quality of the assessments (65 percent)

● Costs for purchasing assessment content (38 percent)

● Lack of teacher involvement in the creation of assessments (37 percent)

● Lack of technology to support online assessments (35 percent)

Further concerns include the challenges of collaboration and inconsistent approaches across classrooms and schools, incompatible systems for sharing and tracking data, and test security.