Knox Co. school board votes to end SAT-10 testing | UPDATE

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knox County School Board has voted 6-2 to end SAT-10 testing, also known as K-2 testing, for first and second graders. SAT-10 is a standardized test that is not state mandatory.

Last week, Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre decided to end the test for kindergartners.

The test has been in place in Knox County for the last two years.



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The Knox County School Board called a special meeting Monday night to discuss SAT-10 - a standardized test that up until last week, was given in kindergarten, first and second grades.

Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre said he wasn't sure what the board planned to discuss, but said they could talk about whether SAT-10 testing should continue for first and second graders.

Last week, McIntyre decided to end the test for kindergartners because there were too many drawbacks. Many parents, teachers and administrators were against the test, saying kindergartners' attention spans are too short and it took away from valuable learning time.

Dr. McIntyre said he still believes SAT-10 testing is important for first and second graders because they're old enough to handle the test and show how well they're learning.

"I'm very comfortable that at this point in time, they'll be able to handle the SAT-10 assessment. And again, it's very important information for us to make good educational decisions for our kids," said McIntyre.

McIntyre said SAT-10 testing is a district-by-district decision. He said it's been in place in Knox County for the last two years.



 
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