Education Rally, May 12th

Put the Test to Rest: Learning Matters
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM (Eastern Time)

Connecticut State Capitol
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
United States
Map and Directions

ATTEND THE RALLY
Your activism is needed to tell lawmakers that SB 1095 must be amended to ensure less testing and more learning for students.

PROBLEM
High-stakes testing does not measure communication skills, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, or the pursuit of discovery – essential life and learning skills.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exam is a high-stakes test.  SBAC must be phased out because…

  • the test has not been validated and proven to be reliable.
  • wastes precious instructional time, as many days of classroom learning are lost to test prep and testing.
  • is not age – and grade-level appropriate.
  • penalizes students who lack access to computers.
  • fails to measure student growth within a school year.
  • cannot be used to address students’ needs immediately.
  • encourages schools to “teach to the middle,” putting struggling students at greater risk.

Not to mention some other reasons that John Oliver puts forth with great eloquence and humor…

LET’S ADDRESS THE PROBLEM
Connecticut lawmakers should eliminate the burdensome SBAC test and create an improved system of school accountability that is not unduly tied to one arbitrary test score.
See our complete plan at www.less-testing.org/#legislation

HELP YOUR CHILD
Twenty-one states are selecting their own tests and assessment systems.  Connecticut schools deserve that same opportunity.  The state legislature must act to address excessive testing in 2015. Tell your state lawmakers to put an end to high-stakes testing and allow teachers to do what they do best – respond to the educational needs of students.  Teachers succeed by nurturing curiosity, creativity, and love of learning in their students.

SOLUTION
Connecticut can become a national leader by reducing high-stakes standardized testing, while supporting high academic standards and restoring time for classroom instruction. Phasing out SBAC and replacing it with progress monitoring tests are first steps.  Progress monitoring tests are brief and offer an immediate and complete view of student needs, academic knowledge, and growth.

Register at CEA’s website

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