Halifax students are being given too many standardized tests, which the new president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union hopes to do something about.


“It’s taking a lot of time in the classroom. It’s costly as well,” said Alexis Allen, who was elected the 42nd president last week.


The province tests students’ literacy skills in Grades 3, 6 and 9, and math skills in Grade 3.


The Halifax regional school board tests literacy skills in Grades 2, 4 and 8. The board also assesses students’ math skills in Grades 2, 5 and 9.


While Allen says testing is important, she believes Halifax schools are doing too much.

The Lockview High School social studies teacher, who has 30 years’ experience, was elected Thursday night by members from public schools and community college campuses throughout the province.

The union and the Education Department are negotiating a new teachers’ provincial agreement. The current one expires at the end of July.

The union is also negotiating a new contract for teachers with the Nova Scotia Community College. The current contract expires at the end of August.

Allen said working conditions, particularly the daily pace and lack of prep time, are one of the main issues.

She begins her two-year term Aug. 1.

Outgoing president Mary-Lou Donnelly will become principal of LeMarchant-St. Thomas School in south-end Halifax this September.