Georgia Governor Proposes Standardized Test Cuts
Updated: 2/14/2020
Georgia Governor Proposes Standardized Test Cuts
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  • Georgia Governor Proposes Fewer Standardized Tests
  • Goal
  • Assistant Director of Student Services, Richmond County
  • "Some testing is necessary so the teacher can know they’re going down the right path... but I think students can be over-tested"
  • February 2020, Governor Brian Kemp calls for fewer standardized tests in Georgia schools. The bill would eliminate one fifth-grade, and four high school exams.
  • Supporting View
  • The purpose of the legislation is to reduce redundant material allowing an increase of teaching time in the classroom.
  • Opposing View
  • 29,300 APPLICANTS!
  • Matt Johann, Assistant Director of Student Services supports the bill as a former teacher. 
  • Significance
  • A Richmond County parent believes too many exams "limit what [students] can get exposed to if they don’t pass the standardized tests."
  • However, universities across the country feel they need these exams to narrow down large numbers of applicants coming from schools with different teaching and grading systems.
  • University of Georgia
  • Standardized tests can accurately measure academic preparedness; although, they are not reliable sources to see if students are retaining material because many factors can effect performance such as test-anxiety.
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