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JCPS gives schools option to cut back on district-required testing

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- JCPS is no longer requiring schools to pre-test students before teachers begin new units in math, reading, science and social studies.

Schools are now given the flexibility to decide whether or not to give the diagnostic tests, which are given to assess the current state of a student's progress or ability in a particular area, said Allison Martin, the district's communication director.

The Jefferson County Board of Education discussed cutting back on the district-mandated diagnostic tests in December as part of it's Comprehensive District Improvement Plan

"We used to require all of our schools to give a diagnostic test before starting each unit in math, science, reading and social studies," Martin said. "Now, it will be up to the principals of each school to determine whether or not they want to administer these tests."

Martin said the average third-grader in JCPS takes 16 diagnostic tests this year – four in each subject area. 

"It's less time testing, more time learning, which also aligns with the district's new strategic plan," Martin said.

JCPS students must still take state-mandated tests each spring, as well as the proficiency tests that are given following the completion of a unit.

Many parents and teachers have attending JCPS school board meetings over the past few months, urging the district to cut back on testing.

Reporter Antoinette Konz covers K-12 education for WDRB News. She can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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