Student Testing in America’s Great City Schools: An Inventory and Preliminary Analysis October 2015

October 26, 2015

The Council of the Great City Schools released a comprehensive analysis of student testing across its member school districts (68 of the largest urban school districts in the nation). The data reported that in the 2014-15 school year, 401 unique tests were administered across subjects in the 66 reporting school districts, students were required to take an average of 112.3 tests between pre-K and grade 12, the average student takes 8 standardized tests per year (approximately 2.34% of school time. It concluded that many of the tests are redundant, misaligned with standards, and don’t address student mastery of specific content. It also reported that the proliferation of tests was the result of mandates across all levels of governance: federal, state and local.