standardized testing http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Missouri Reconsiders How Many Tests Students Must Take http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-reconsiders-how-many-tests-students-must-take <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Can schools cut back sharply on</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the number of tests that students have to take and still get a good idea of how well they are learning?</span></p><p>The state of Missouri is about to find out.</p><p>Missouri's state board of education has reduced the testing schedule dramatically — just a few months after approving a spending request for a testing schedule that would have had third graders taking seven hours of standardized tests each year, and high schoolers taking nine exams in four different subjects.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 03:44:26 +0000 Dale Singer 34079 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Reconsiders How Many Tests Students Must Take State Audit Finds Issues In St. Louis Public Schools http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/state-audit-finds-issues-st-louis-public-schools <p><em>Updated 1:20 p.m.</em></p><p>The Missouri state auditor gave the St. Louis Public Schools a “fair” rating in <a href="http://www.auditor.mo.gov/Press/2013-085.pdf">an audit of the district released Wednesday</a>.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Auditor Tom </span>Schweich<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a Republican, said the district was not initially cooperative with his office.</span></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:32:06 +0000 Maria Altman 29636 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org State Audit Finds Issues In St. Louis Public Schools East St. Louis superintendent: student test scores inflated by teachers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-superintendent-student-test-scores-inflated-teachers <p>The school superintendent in East&nbsp;St. Louis says some teachers used &quot;inappropriate strategies and&nbsp;techniques&quot; to inflate students scores on standardized achievement&nbsp;tests.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:06:39 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 3910 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis superintendent: student test scores inflated by teachers Illinois drops writing from standardized exam http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-drops-writing-standardized-exam <p>Illinois is down to just reading and arithmetic. Writing skills will no longer be tested during the state&#39;s standardized exams for high school juniors every spring.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-no-writing-test-20110706,0,4488733.story">Chicago Tribune reports</a> that eliminating the writing exams will save about $2.4 million amid the state&#39;s budgetary shortfalls.</p><p>Illinois had already dropped writing assessments for elementary and middle school students last year.</p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 14:47:08 +0000 The Associated Press 1580 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois drops writing from standardized exam