Updated: 12/18/2013 7:24 PM |
Created: 12/18/2013 7:17 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4
ALBUQUERQUE -- For months, some parents and teachers have voiced outrage over new state testing requirements. Opponents of the new exams say testing consumes too much of the school year.
But the Public Education Department argues their mandated tests only account for 1.2 percent of class time.
APS says students take two state mandated tests and one national comparison tests. There can also be interim assessments depending on the teacher, and high school students take a graduation test.
Standard based assessments take up 6-11 hours depending on what grade the student is in. End of course exams take about nine hours total—90 minutes each for an average of six exams. The National Assessment of Educational Progress takes two more hours.
It's about 25 hours of testing per year. APS says it's spread out over multiple days to keep students from getting tired.