Educators, Parents Give State Accountability Tests Poor Marks

Only 37 percent of principals and 31 percent of superintendents consider state accountability tests useful for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. That’s just one of the attention grabbing findings from a poll of students, parents, teachers, principals, and superintendents released earlier this month. The poll, commissioned by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) and conducted by…

Problems with SBAC Focus of State Department of Education Meeting

Students and educators who came to the State Department of Education this afternoon to share their experiences with the state’s High School Assessment Working Group said that SBAC is taking away valuable learning time, lacks relevance to students, and places a significant burden on eleventh graders — many of whom are left taking a considerable…

CEA Proposal to Limit Testing Focus of Radio Program

“High-stakes standardized tests are sucking the educational oxygen out of the room for teaching and learning,” CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg told host John Dankosky this morning on WNPR’s “Where We Live.” Waxenberg joined CT Mirror education reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Jeffrey Villar, executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, for a…

Standardized Tests and the Future of No Child Left Behind

The debate over mandated standardized testing took center stage today as the Republican-controlled 114th Congress gets ready to make its mark on education policy. At issue is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and whether the nation’s education law should include a requirement that states annually test their students. ESEA reauthorization…