Elementary student rallies to reduce testing in SDUSD

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SAN DIEGO --- As part of a nationwide day of action, San Diego Unified School District parents and educators participated in school “walk-ins” Wednesday morning to reclaim their schools from the dangers of over testing.

Educators and parents at Oak Park Elementary School "walked-in” to their children’s school just prior to the start of the day to show support for public education, and to call on the district to reduce time spent on testing and instead use the time for more instruction.

"Testing isn't learning, tests are just a snapshot of what one student can do in one day, said teacher Heather Poland.

Elementary school student Millie Mary rallied alongside her classmates and said she has to take around three tests a week.

"We don't need this testing that makes us stressed out. This testing can make some people less confident," Mary told FOX 5.

Approximately 90 percent of SDUSD educators believe students are being harmed from the overuse of standardized tests, according to a recent survey by the San Diego Education Association.

The survey showed students lose up to five weeks of instruction every year due to test preparation, taking and analysis.

Schools in more than 30 cities across the United States participated in the day of action.

According to reclaim our schools rally organizers, it was a positive rally and schools welcomed the teachers and parents.