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Crowding out the curriculum

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Supporting the findings of our own teacher survey, a new national survey of over a thousand public school teachers finds that most think the emphasis on testing in language arts and math is crowding out learning in other subject areas–such as civics and social studies. Ninety percent of the surveyed teachers say that when a subject is included in the state’s system of testing, it is taken more seriously, and 80 percent of the respondents reported that “‘more and more’ of the time they should be spending on teaching students is spent on ‘paperwork and reporting requirements to meet state standards.'”

EdWeek has a good write up of the results here; Common Core–who commissioned the research–sifts through some important findings here; and you can view the whole survey for yourself here.