U.S. Education Department Suspends Standardized Testing Requirements, Provides Student Loan Relief: College Board Announces SAT and AP Exam Changes

The U.S. Department of Education has waived standardized testing requirements for the current school year for students in elementary school through high school. The department says it will provide relief from federally mandated testing requirements to any state requesting a waiver due to the public health crisis. “Eliminating standardized testing for the current year is…

PEAC Responds to Teachers’ Concerns; Agrees More Time Needed to Define Use of State Mastery Test

Connecticut’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) today acted on teachers’ concerns regarding the use of mastery examination scores in their evaluations. PEAC unanimously agreed recommending to the State Board of Education to continue the practice of not requiring mastery exam scores in teachers’ evaluations for the next academic year. PEAC plans to continue to work…

ESSA and Federal Funding Focus of Education Committee Forum

While the election of Donald Trump raises many questions about the future of public education, state Department of Education officials remained cautiously optimistic yesterday that the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed into law last year will allow Connecticut schools to move in a positive direction. “This is truly a historic opportunity in public…

SBAC Creates Barriers for High-Poverty Districts, Not a Valid Measure of Student Growth

New research showing that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test disproportionately disadvantages students and teachers in high-poverty districts was distributed to members of the state Mastery Examination Committee today. The study of 600 teachers, conducted by Abacus Associates for the Connecticut Education Association, underscores mounting concerns by legislators, educators, parents, and others about the…

Teachers of the Year Say Using State Test Scores in Teacher Evaluation Damages the Profession

What’s the education policy that most damages the teaching profession? Sixty-nine percent of State Teachers of the Year and finalists for State Teacher of the Year say it’s the use of standardized student test scores in teacher evaluations. The survey by the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) also found an overwhelming…

New CEA TV Ad Steps Up Campaign Against Unreliable Testing

Teachers are turning up the volume on the problem of unreliable testing that has overtaken Connecticut public school classrooms. “We are airing new TV and digital ads that raise awareness—from parents to policymakers—about the need to reduce testing and test prep and restore more time for learning in our classrooms to help every student achieve,”…