No Time to Lose—New Test Committee Must Get to Work

Lots of reasons why SBAC testing is inappropriate and needs to be fixed.

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CEA President Sheila Cohen said CEA President Sheila Cohen told reporters at a press conference this morning at the Legislative Office Building that SBAC is not a valid indicator of student knowledge and skills. From left are classroom teachers and elected CEA officers Secretary Pat Jordan, Treasurer Tom Nicholas, Vice President Jeff Leake, and Cohen.

Connecticut’s new Mastery Examination Committee—created in June by lawmakers to examine the state’s eight-hour, standardized SBAC test for third through eighth graders—should convene as soon as possible to get assessment right for children.

CEA President Sheila Cohen said, “All indications are that this test is not a valid indicator of student knowledge and skills. This situation is of paramount concern to teachers who want the Mastery Examination Committee to begin the critical work of investigating the fairness and validity of Connecticut’s testing program and to identify alternatives.”

Governor Malloy announced today that the state has received approval from the U.S…

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