Lately I have been wondering about how much state testing costs us. There are a lot of costs involved in standardized testing. In addition to the cost of administering, grading, and recording the test, there are other less tangible costs such as the impact on learning. Curious, I sent out a tweet asking if anyone had info on how much testing cost (I was coming up empty in a Google search). A few of my PLN sent me a link to Stateline.org where I found this:
I knew the numbers would be high, but this is shocking. All of that money per state for testing. I started wondering what else that money could have been used for and sent out another tweet, this time asking what one thing teachers would want in their classrooms if money was no object. The info graphic above holds the results.
The info graphic is based on the following numbers (links to data sources):
Soccer ball $10
64 Count Box of Crayola Crayons $5
Exercise ball (to use as chair replacements) $20
I don’t know about you, but every one of those items above feels like a better use of money.