8:27 am March 25, 2009, by Laura Diamond
Here’s a cost-cutting strategy many students will love: Marietta school leaders are considering giving fewer tests.
School leaders say they can save $42,000 next year if they cut back on how many grades take the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills. Now all students take the standardized test, but the district proposes giving it in just grades two, four and seven.
This isn’t the only cut the district is considering. They’re planning to slash jobs, freeze salaries and possibly furlough employees to make up an anticipated shortfall of at least $4 million.
(Who will get furloughed is still being determined. The superintendent says she wants to avoid taking days away from teachers.)
What do you think of schools cutting back on testing to save money? Which tests could they get rid of?
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