Colorado's parents and taxpayers are concerned about the amount of testing in the state’s schools, according to a poll commissioned by the Colorado Education Association (CEA), the state’s largest teachers union — as summarized in a recent Chalkbeat Colorado article by reporter Todd Engdahl.
Engdahl quoted CEA president Kerrie Dallman: “The survey confirms the actual experience parents and teachers are having all over Colorado – there is simply too much testing and not enough funding.” The CEA supports trimming back the state’s testing system.
See questions, demographic tabulations and full results here.
Here are some key results from the poll:
Level of testing: Less testing was supported by 63 percent, same amount 28 percent, more 5 percent.
Primary purpose of testing: Assessing student progress was listed by 58 percent, assessing of district and school performance 24 percent, assessing teacher effectiveness 13 percent.
Effectiveness of testing in measuring student progress: Somewhat effective 52 percent, not effective 34 percent, strongly effective 11 percent.
Appropriate amount of class time on testing: 0-10 percent – 45 percent of respondents, 10-20 percent – 38 percent, 20-20 percent – 12 percent, more than 30 percent – 2 percent.
Asked how familiar they were with the standardized tests in their school districts, 34 percent of respondents said they were very familiar, 45 percent somewhat familiar and 21 not very familiar.
On the question of how many standardized tests their children take each year, 50 percent of parent respondents said 2 to 5 and 10 percent said 6 to 10. Asked if they felt their children were adequately supported by technology in their schools, 71 percent said yes and 20 percent said no.
On Common Core, 32 percent of respondents supported the language arts and math standards, 34 percent opposed them and 34 percent weren’t sure of their opinions. The survey also asked respondents if they were aware of the state’s Colorado-only standards in other subjects: 59 percent didn’t know about them.
The poll surveyed 706 adults, including 600 registered voters and 219 parents of school-aged children. Interviews were done September 12-16, primarily by telephone. The poll was done by SurveyUSA. See questions, demographic tabulations and full results here.
Read the full article at Chalkbeat Colorado.