Education Association Pushing to Reduce Wicomico Testing - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Education Association Pushing to Reduce Wicomico Testing

Posted: Updated:
Empty Desk in Classroom (Photo: WBOC) Empty Desk in Classroom (Photo: WBOC)

WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. - The Wicomico County Education Association is making a push to reduce the amount of mandatory testing for students in Wicomico County.  

Gary Hammer is the President of the WCEA and told WBOC that a campaign to reduce testing began on Friday.  The WCEA launched a website that includes a petition WCEA is encouraging parents, teachers, and members of the community to sign.  The goal is reducing the numbers of mandated tests Wicomico County students take.

"Well the national average is about 112.  And right now, in Wicomico County, K thought 12, not including benchmarks, not including high school mid-terms and finals, or AP exams, there's 423," Hammer said.

Hammer said an average Wicomico County student will take anywhere from 200-250 of those 400+ potential tests.  The WCEA president said the amount of time being spent on testing in the county is hurting instruction in the classroom.

"When you don't have time to teach kids what they're supposed to know, because you're testing them to find out what they don't know, it becomes an issue."

Hammer said the goal of the campaign and petition is to limit the amount of time spent taking tests to 2% of the annual 1080 hours of instruction in a school year.

WBOC also spoke with Wicomico County Public Schools superintendent John Fredericksen on Friday who said the school district recently did some analysis on the mandated testing.  Fredericksen said currently in the district, only three grades are above the proposed 2% cap and the testing time can be reduced in those grades by making some of the tests shorter.  The superintendent added that Wicomico County Public Schools currently use the minimum number of tests needed to assess if students are college and career ready.

Also, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Dr. Margo Handy told WBOC, "We have met with WCEA representatives regarding testing and are awaiting final legislation and clarification related to assessments.  We stand ready to work with WCEA as our educational partners."

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Berlin Teen Charged With Murder After Fight

    Berlin Teen Charged With Murder After Fight

    Thursday, May 23 2019 9:27 AM EDT2019-05-23 13:27:45 GMT
    Thursday, May 23 2019 11:36 AM EDT2019-05-23 15:36:55 GMT
    Vershawn Hudson-CrawfordVershawn Hudson-Crawford
    Vershawn Hudson-CrawfordVershawn Hudson-Crawford
    A 16-year-old Berlin, Md. boy has been is charged as an adult with first-and and second-degree murder and related offenses in connection with the death of another teen.More
    A 16-year-old Berlin, Md. boy has been is charged as an adult with first-and and second-degree murder and related offenses in connection with the death of another teen.More
  • Delaware State Police Investigating Deadly Crash in Millville

    Delaware State Police Investigating Deadly Crash in Millville

    Thursday, May 23 2019 7:42 AM EDT2019-05-23 11:42:33 GMT
    Thursday, May 23 2019 8:31 AM EDT2019-05-23 12:31:32 GMT
    State troopers are investigating a Wednesday night crash in Sussex County, Del. that left a Pennsylvania woman dead.More
    State troopers are investigating a Wednesday night crash in Sussex County, Del. that left a Pennsylvania woman dead.More
  • Memorial Day Travel: When to Head Out

    Memorial Day Travel: When to Head Out

    Thursday, May 23 2019 8:11 AM EDT2019-05-23 12:11:46 GMT
    Thursday, May 23 2019 8:29 AM EDT2019-05-23 12:29:39 GMT
    Traffic may seem inevitable heading into Memorial Day weekend but travel officials say some times are better than others.More
    Traffic may seem inevitable heading into Memorial Day weekend but travel officials say some times are better than others.More
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Berlin Teen Charged With Murder After Fight

    Berlin Teen Charged With Murder After Fight

    Thursday, May 23 2019 9:27 AM EDT2019-05-23 13:27:45 GMT
    Thursday, May 23 2019 11:36 AM EDT2019-05-23 15:36:55 GMT
    Vershawn Hudson-CrawfordVershawn Hudson-Crawford
    Vershawn Hudson-CrawfordVershawn Hudson-Crawford
    A 16-year-old Berlin, Md. boy has been is charged as an adult with first-and and second-degree murder and related offenses in connection with the death of another teen.More
    A 16-year-old Berlin, Md. boy has been is charged as an adult with first-and and second-degree murder and related offenses in connection with the death of another teen.More
  • Delaware State Police Investigating Deadly Crash in Millville

    Delaware State Police Investigating Deadly Crash in Millville

    Thursday, May 23 2019 7:42 AM EDT2019-05-23 11:42:33 GMT
    Thursday, May 23 2019 8:31 AM EDT2019-05-23 12:31:32 GMT
    State troopers are investigating a Wednesday night crash in Sussex County, Del. that left a Pennsylvania woman dead.More
    State troopers are investigating a Wednesday night crash in Sussex County, Del. that left a Pennsylvania woman dead.More
  • State Employees Could See Raises in Delaware Budget

    State Employees Could See Raises in Delaware Budget

    Wednesday, May 22 2019 11:22 PM EDT2019-05-23 03:22:40 GMT
    Thursday, May 23 2019 8:27 AM EDT2019-05-23 12:27:20 GMT
    DOVER, Del. --- State employees in Delaware are poised to get a raise in this year's budget. The General Assembly's Joint Finance Committee this week approved $1,000 raises for most state employees. Teachers would see 2 percent raises. Lawmakers will castMore
    State employees in Delaware are poised to get a raise in this year's budget. More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices