On Monday, March 2,  members will receive a link to a survey about student and educator time spent on testing. It is essential that educators’ voices contribute significantly to any decisions made about statewide testing. We encourage all of our members to take 10 minutes to complete this survey.
This confidential survey was developed by the MTA Center for Education Policy & Practice in collaboration with MassPartners for Public Schools, an organization consisting of leaders of the major Massachusetts professional educator and parent organizations.

The survey’s purpose is to determine how much time teachers, paraprofessionals and school-based administrators spend on preparation for and administration of state, district, school and classroom assessments.

The key question is thisOf the mandatory 900 hours of instruction at the elementary level and the 990 hours at the secondary level, how much time is spent on testing and test preparation?  
Survey data will be used to inform a report to be shared with educators, parents and school, district and union leaders.  The report will include recommendations to the Board and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education relating to optimal use of instructional time.

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