Jefferson County Public Schools stops requiring some tests
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Jefferson County Public Schools has announced it is not requiring teachers to give students diagnostic tests for the rest of the year.
The Courier-Journal reports that JCPS made the decision recently in response to concerns about over-testing students. Under the changes, a third grader could be subjected to eight fewer diagnostic tests through the end of the year.
JCPS says diagnostic tests are basically pre-tests at the beginning of each unit to use as a starting point for the students’ knowledge.
Superintendent Donna Hargens says the move will put the district more in line with its new strategic plan, which calls for the district to “reduce, revise and refine” its assessments.
A JCPS spokeswoman says the district will later review whether it wants to continue making the diagnostic tests optional in future school years.