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In this era of results-based academic accountability, teachers and their students spend class time taking—and preparing for—standardized tests. But just how much time? An inordinate amount? Does it vary by locale? What is the ideal amount of prep time? What are the policy implications for districts and states? The curricular and instructional implications? And what are the consequences for children, especially disadvantaged students?

For the first time, Teach Plus brings empirical evidence to the table with its new report, The Student and the Stopwatch: How Much Time is Spent on Testing in American Schools? The report examines district- and state-required testing in more than thirty urban and suburban districts nationwide, featuring input from more than 300 teachers.

Join the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Teach Plus for a discussion on time-on-testing in American classrooms.

Eventbrite - The Student and the Stopwatch

Please join the trustees of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute for light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails after the event.


Joseph Espinosa
Instructional Coach, First Street Elementary
Los Angeles, California
Joe Gramelspacher
Math Teacher, Crispus Attucks High School
Indianapolis, Indiana
Christina Lear
English and Journalism Teacher, Herron High School
Indianapolis, Indiana
Dr. Joy Singleton Stevens
Third-Grade Teacher, Double Tree Montessori School
Memphis, Tennessee

Panel II

Celine Coggins
CEO and Founder, Teach Plus
Dave Driscoll
Chair, National Assessment Governing Board
Andy Rotherham
Co-founder and Partner, Bellwether Education Partners


Alice Johnson Cain
Vice President for Policy, Teach Plus
Michael J. Petrilli
Executive Vice President, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Eventbrite - The Student and the Stopwatch