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Grants Available to Help Districts Reduce Testing

The State Department of Education is making up to $500,000 in grants available to local school districts to help cut back on the overuse of testing in Connecticut’s public schools.

The grants are part of Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s plan to help school districts reduce the amount of time students at all grade levels spend taking tests. The plan also includes efforts to change federal laws to reduce the number of high-stakes exams given to students in grade 11.

The grants are expected to have an immediate impact on the number and types of assessments given to students by allowing districts across the state to review and make changes in their testing practices.

Click here for the application. Applications are due January 9, 2015. For more information, contact Scott Nierendorf at or 860-455-1569.

  1. Linda #

    What am I missing? Why do you need money to reduce testing? Cut out the NWEA map and save money. This makes no sense at all and it’s what gives public Ed a bad reputation. Ridiculous…our kids are over tested in all grades, not just 11th. I guess Malloy just wants to appease the students most likely to rebel on their own. This is embarrassing.

    November 21, 2014
    • Mary #

      So true, LInda. This is a total embarrassment. Moratorium on testing!

      November 21, 2014

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