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End Wasteful APS Testing

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    APS Superintendent Davis has said, “We cannot expect excellent outcomes if we surround the teacher with processes and communications systems that are substantially flawed.” 

     This year, APS has quietly instituted COMMON ASSESSMENTS for all students in 1st-8th grade (most kids will take 19 extra tests). These have no relation to the new Common Core Standards and are not counted as a student grade. ASK APS TO STOP THIS TESTING!

     These tests were developed internally, do not compare our students to others locally/nationally, and are not required by Fed/State government. Students will lose from 3-10 hours of learning time taking these useless tests.


APS says so that they can:

  • Let teachers know what students have learned. Isn't that why teachers give their own tests?
  • Return results within 48 hours so teachers know how students are doing. Currently teachers are not getting these results so tests aren't helping students.
  • Insure teachers are teaching the right content at the right time of the year. Isn't that the job of principals and the purpose of grade level planning?

These tests were planned BEFORE Superintendent Davis came on board, and before all SRT Exec. Dir. and half APS Principals were replaced. 

These multiple-choice/Scantron tests:

  • COST taxpayers by creating approximately 750,000 printed tests, plus the Scantron sheets needed, plus the labor required to grade these test.
  • WASTE valuable teaching time that could be used to improve student learning.
  • OVERTAX classroom teachers who must work these additional tests into their lesson plans and get little/no timely feedback.
This is a flawed plan on many levels and it should stop.

"As a teacher, quarterly testing would be a better compromise, then I get to follow the scope and sequence in a more fluid and organic way and not pump through lessons and concepts in order to meet some testing deadline every 2-4 weeks, regardless of what my observations are as the teacher." - APS teacher

"If APS is trying to close the achievement gap and ensure all kids get a quality education, they need to assess the teachers in all the schools- but NOT by assessing the kids with more bubble-in tests." - APS teacher

SIGN THIS PETITION to show APS we want to let our teachers teach. The money that is being wasted on these tests could be better spent on support for students and teachers who really need help.

SHARE THIS PETITION with your neighbors and all families within APS.

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We'll send this petition to APS Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Karen Waldon ( your APS Board member ( feel free to contact them personally, so they understand your concerns.


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