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Supt. Hofmeister comments on teachers listening tour report


 

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 4) — State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister today made the following remarks on the Teachers Matter Listening Tour Report. Conducted by Stand for Children Oklahoma, the report details problems facing teachers across the state.

“The Teachers Matter Listening Tour Report provides real insight to the most significant problems faced by our teachers and, by extension, students. I urge legislators to read the report and consider its findings when developing education policy.

“In particular, it is illuminating to hear from teachers themselves about the devastating effect of overtesting. Teachers statewide said that excessive testing steals valuable instruction time and takes student focus away from actually learning the material. While teachers agree that some testing is important, they are concerned that standardized testing doesn’t measure student growth and instead promotes an ineffective ‘one size fits all’ approach to education.

“Possible fixes outlined in the report warrant consideration, but there are immediate and sensible measures that legislators can take now. I urge lawmakers to replace unnecessary, unhelpful end-of-instruction exams with a test such as the ACT. In doing so, we would use a test that has relevance beyond high school, saves millions of dollars and increases instruction time.

“At the very least, the Teachers Matter report is further evidence that the best education policy needs to factor input from teaching professionals who are in the classroom.”

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Last updated on May 4, 2015