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Opt-out inspires testing change in New York district

In New York, an aggressive opt-out movement—wherein about 60 percent of third- through eighth-graders skipped high-stakes tests—has forced many districts to rethink their assessment methods.

Hauppauge Public Schools on Long Island set out to become “self-sufficient” on testing through the use of adaptive learning software and 20-minute, in-class assessments given on iPads and other devices, says Donald B. Murphy, the district’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and technology.

It saves instructional time because teachers don’t have to line up students and walk them to the testing lab, Murphy says.


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“The goal is that assessment becomes embedded in the instructional process to such a degree that it’s seamless,” Murphy says. “It serves students better because it’s not done in a separate testing location–it’s done in class and done quickly.”