Some New York City schools will test kindergartners in math as well as literacy. The results will be used to evaluate where children are starting and chart their progress.
Principals who sign on will choose from five testing systems, each with math and reading components. They include workbook-like, multiple-choice assessments estimated to take kindergartners as much as 60 to 90 minutes per section, according to the Department of Education. Other options include roughly 30-minute-long tests pupils would complete on computers and 10-minute-long sessions face to face with a teacher.
Currently, children in kindergarten through second grade are assessed in literacy through one-on-one, 20-to-30-minute-long sessions with their teacher.
I’m all for data, but can a five-year-old handle a 60- to 90-minute test?