Generalizations like “efficiency,” “accountability,” and “reliability” have been used time and again to describe the benefits of standardized tests. SBAC is no different. However, before Connecticut lawmakers authorize SBAC testing in Connecticut, they should understand what those terms mean for the parents, teachers, and, most significantly, students who will, day in, day out, live with the realities these terms eschew.
The No Child Left Behind Act is up for renewal. Most famous was its promise of having all U.S. students proficient in reading and math by 2014. That was the year the U.S. would again be number one in education; that year has come and gone. Here is my wish list for the No Child Left Behind reauthorization.
The opportunity for Connecticut to establish a dynamic vision for its 21st Century public schools is here. In this commentary, a dozen Connecticut superintendents of schools lay out their ideas on how to find a new and better direction for the advancement of the state’s public schools.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal needs an education on the toxic effect that high-stakes testing has had on Connecticut’s schools. He is sadly mistaken if he believes a test will change any of the poverty, family disfunction or other socioeconomic conditions that get in the way of educating children.