2014 Testing Survey Results
Friday, November 21, 2014
Over 5,000 Georgia educators responded to the 2014 PAGE Testing Survey. The results will be used to inform PAGE’s 2015 Legislative Agenda for the upcoming session of the Georgia General Assembly.
Eighty six percent of the respondents are veteran classroom teachers with six or more years of experience.
Amount of Testing
Survey results show that Georgia educators are not satisfied with their district's nor with Georgia's standardized testing program. Almost all respondents indicated they conduct one or more tests, and close to 25% of respondents conduct more than seven tests.
While many educators spend 1-5 days on testing, over 11% of respondents spend twenty or more days of their in-class instruction time on testing. Thirteen percent of educators also spend twenty or more days of out-of-class time (planning time or at home) on standardized tests.
When asked what percentage of the school year they estimate is used in test preparation and administration, 44% of educators said they spend over 20% of the school year on testing.
Forty seven percent of educators who administer Student Learning Objectives (SLO's) spend between one and ten days administering and grading the tests. Twenty percent of educators responding to the survey do not administer SLO's.
Testing and Technology
Forty six percent of educators use technology to administer standardized local or state tests: 60% have access to broadband Internet, and 46% have experienced some sort of technical issue during testing.
Usefulness of Testing
Eighty seven percent of educators have testing results made available to them, and 63% say it takes anywhere from weeks to months to receive the results.
Almost 50% of respondents receive the results electronically. Others reported they receive results in a team meeting, one on one meeting, faculty meeting, or at a central location in the school building.
Seventy four percent of respondents receive disaggregated results by individual student--67% by class, 54% by school, and 39% by district.
When asked if data gathered from standardized testing is used in classrooms to improve instruction, 47% agree or strongly agree, 23% were neutral, and 30% disagree or strongly disagree.
When asked the same question about SLO's, 26% agree to strongly agree, 21% were neutral, 29% disagree to strongly disagree. 23% of respondents do not administer SLO's.
Notably, when asked if the current standardized testing program benefits students, 72% disagree or strongly disagree, 19% are neutral, and 9% agree or strongly agree. And, when asked if students are less engaged in class after taking a standardized test, 84% agree to strongly agree, 9% are neutral, and 7% disagree to strongly disagree.