Are students in Colorado tested too much?

(Courtesy of Renata Genoza)

Colorado lawmakers, teachers, parents, and students are all trying to answer the question: how much testing is too much?

It's top of mind as students take the newest standardized tests, known as PARCC. The tests were designed by a group of states to align with the new Common Core standards.

Colorado Matters host Ryan Warner talked with two educators with differing views. Joanie Funderburk and Susan Ryder each wrote essays about their views for the online news site Chalkbeat Colorado.

Listen to the conversation by clicking "Listen" above.


  • Joanie Funderburk helped develop the PARCC exams. She taught in the Cherry Creek schools and is president-elect of the Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics. She also works for  the nonprofit Student Achievement Partners.
  • Susan Ryder teaches high school English in Estes Park. She was Colorado’s teacher of the year in 2007.