As reported in the Washington Post, the teachers union in Maryland has launched a statewide advertising campaign to reduce the number of standardized tests teachers administer to students.
The Maryland Educators Association started “Less Testing, More Learning,” a half-million dollar, month-long campaign on Monday with two weeks of television commercials on Baltimore and Washington D.C. stations. The campaign also includes radio and digital advertisements featuring 10 teachers offering their own experiences on “how over-testing makes it more difficult for their students to learn.”
In the last legislative session, the Maryland General Assembly created a commission to study whether Maryland students are over-tested. By July 1, 2016, the commission must report its findings and recommendations to the State Board of Education, each local board of education, and the General Assembly. For background, see our previous posts on Conduit Street, Maryland General Assembly Considers Time Spent on Student Testing, Commission Will Study Whether Maryland Students Are Over-tested.