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Governor takes steps to reduce standardized testing

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today released a letter he sent to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan asking to reduce the number of high-stakes exams for students in Grade 11.

CEA President Sheila Cohen said, “We are extremely pleased, as are the teachers across the state, that this Governor has taken this step to notify the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that Connecticut will not be part of this continuing corporate push for more standardized testing of our students. Governor Malloy has recognized that student learning and instruction should be at the heart of our public school education system and not test results.”

Read Governor Malloy’s news release and letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

  1. Martin Walsh #

    How much of our money was spent to implement these tests in the first place? Now with weeks to go before the election he realizes that it’s all a mistake. What he realizes is that there’s a very real chance that teachers won’t vote for him. Unfortunately for him it’s all too little, too late.

    September 8, 2014
  2. J. Weir #

    Very nice start, how about some adjustments to all of the standardized testing required every year in grades 3-8. The emphasis on testing in this country is out of control. I would much rather have 16 and 17 year olds dealing with pressure than 8-13 year olds.

    September 6, 2014
    • mmjjbb #

      Exactly…J Weir!!!

      September 6, 2014
  3. Linda #

    11th grade only? Election ploy? We are drowning in testing.

    Our 8th grade will have NWEA MAP, NEAP, CMT Science and SBAC and possibly SBAC interims. Are you kidding? All grades are smothered with test prep and testing.

    When do we teach?

    September 5, 2014
  4. mmjjbb #

    Well, this will solve the problem of so many HS 11th graders opting out of taking the tests. It will NOT solve the problem of all the other excessive testing that students are required to take thought out their education. IMO, the Gov. still does not understand how much time all the testing is taking away from instruction.

    September 5, 2014

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