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Obama says too much testing makes education boring

President says too often tests are used to punish

Obama said schools should be judged on criteria other than test scores, including attendance rate.

President Barack Obama said Monday that students should take fewer standardized tests and school performance should be measured in other ways than just exam results. Too much testing makes education boring for kids, he said.

“Too often what we have been doing is using these tests to punish students or to, in some cases, punish schools,” the president told students and parents at a town hall hosted by the Univision Spanish-language television network at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C.

Obama, who is pushing a rewrite of the nation’s education law that would ease some of its rigid measurement tools, said policymakers should find a test that “everybody agrees makes sense” and administer it in less pressure-packed atmospheres, potentially every few years instead of annually.

At the same time, Obama said, schools should be judged on criteria other than student test performance, including attendance rate.

“One thing I never want to see happen is schools that are just teaching the test because then you’re not learning about the world, you’re not learning about different cultures, you’re not learning about science, you’re not learning about math,” the president said. “All you’re learning about is how to fill out a little bubble on an exam and little tricks that you need to do in order to take a test and that’s not going to make education interesting.”

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“And young people do well in stuff that they’re interested in,” Obama said. “They’re not going to do as well if it’s boring.”

The president endorsed the occasional administering of standardized tests to determine a “baseline” of student ability. He said his daughters Sasha, 9, and Malia, 12, recently took a standardized test that didn’t require advance preparation. Instead, he said, it was just used as a tool to diagnose their strengths and weaknesses. The girls attend the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington.

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  1. silviakruger

    March 29, 2011 at 11:13 am

    This is exactly what we need. Thank you for Obama for using common sense.

  2. silviakruger

    March 29, 2011 at 11:13 am

    This is exactly what we need. Thank you for Obama for using common sense.

  3. Thomas.G.Layton

    April 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    THANK YOU MR PRESIDENT!
    Over testing is killing our schools and over stressing our kids. Most tests require our children to memorize data they could find on Google in a matter of seconds. We need to move on to “What does this data mean? How can we use it to solve problems and create new things?”

  4. Thomas.G.Layton

    April 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    THANK YOU MR PRESIDENT!
    Over testing is killing our schools and over stressing our kids. Most tests require our children to memorize data they could find on Google in a matter of seconds. We need to move on to “What does this data mean? How can we use it to solve problems and create new things?”