WASHINGTON (CBS) — Think your child spends too much time in the classroom taking tests? The president agrees.
President Barack Obama is unveiling an education plan that calls for standardized testing to take up no more than 2 percent of classroom time.READ MORE: Celtics Hand Clippers A Win With 23 Turnovers
In a video posted to Facebook, the president said he hears from parents who worry about too much testing and believes moderation is the best approach.
“Learning is about so much more than just filling in the right bubble,” Obama said.READ MORE: Which Towns Got At Least 1 Inch Of Snow During First Winter Storm Of The Season?
The president said he’ll direct the Department of Education to work aggressively with states and local districts to make sure testing isn’t an obsession in schools.
“Tests shouldn’t occupy too much classroom time or crowd out teaching and learning,” Obama said. “Tests should enhance teaching and learning.”
Obama also said schools should look at more than just test scores when evaluating a student’s performance.MORE NEWS: One Dead After Violent Dorchester Crash That Ripped Bed Off Pickup Truck
“When I look back on the great teachers who shaped my life, what I remember isn’t the way they prepared me to take a standardized test, what I remember is the way they taught me to believe in myself.”