If our kids had more free time at school, what would you want them to do with it? A) Learn to play a musical instrument?B) Study a new language?C) Learn how to code HTML?D) Take more standardized tests?Take the quiz, then watch President Obama's message about smarter ways to measure our kids’ progress in school.

Posted by The White House on Saturday, October 24, 2015
 
 
The president said students should spend no more than 2 percent of their time taking and preparing for tests used to evaluate school and teacher performance.
 
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“Learning is so much more than just filling in the right bubble,” Obama said in a video released on Facebook on Saturday. “So we’re going to work with states, school districts, teachers and parents to make sure that we’re not obsessing about tests.”
 
The president’s call for testing reform follows the release of a study by the Council of Great City Schools on Saturday that shows students spend 20 to 25 hours per year taking standardized tests.
 
The council report says students take about 112 standardized tests between pre-K and 12th grade.
 
Roughly 2.3 percent of classroom time for the average 8th grader in devoted to test-taking, the report says, but it’s not clear how much time students also devote to preparing for the tests.
 
The president can’t force states and districts to change their testing policies, but he will reportedly direct the Education Department to make it easier for schools to satisfy federal testing mandates.
 
Obama plans to meet with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and education professionals Monday to outline a plan to reduce time spent test-taking.
 
“There’s just a lot of testing going on, and it’s not always terribly useful,” director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Munoz told the Associated Press. “In the worst case, it can sap the joy and fun out of the classroom for students and teachers.”
 
The president's call for standardized-testing reform renews the national debate about the federal government's involvement in education policy.
 
A universal set of education standards known as Common Core has drawn the ire of those who favor a decentralized approach to education.
 
The Obama administration does not require schools adopt a Common Core-approved curriculum, but has tied doing so to considerable federal subsidies. About 12 million students took tests based on the program last spring.