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Arkansas Comprehensive Testing, Assessment and Accountability Program

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Office for Education Policy

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Volume 05 Issue 03


In an era of standards-based school reform and the No Child Left Behind legislation, standardized testing has figured more prominently in discussions involving K-12 education. In Arkansas, one does not have to look far or listen too intently to hear concerns voiced about the amount of testing going on in public schools. Today's conventional wisdom holds that our students spend far too much time on these exams. However, since the conventional wisdom is not always true, we decided it was a good idea to ask the question: How much time are our students spending on standardized exams? In this brief, therefore, we present information about the amount of time spent on standardized exams and the characteristics of the exams. Here, we also discuss the testing changes coming to Arkansas schools this spring