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Testing Expert Tells CT Legislators About Value of CEA Proposal

Dr. Monty Neill

Dr. Monty Neill, executive director of FairTest, testified before the legislature’s Education Committee this afternoon.

“Parents, students, and teachers are currently rising in rebellion against the overuse and misuse of standardized tests,” Dr. Monty Neill, executive director of FairTest, the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, told the legislature’s Education Committee this afternoon.

Neill said, “CEA has proposed a rich, flexible yet strong set of proposals that would take the state well beyond the limitations and problems caused by the near-sole reliance on standardized tests as the indicator, indeed definition, of the quality of education. The evidence is that the state’s educators could build these new systems and that the result is likely to be improvement in schools, teaching and learning.”

Read Dr. Neill’s complete prepared testimony.

Later this evening CEA President Sheila Cohen and CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg will provide the Education Committee with further details on CEA’s proposal. Read their submitted testimony.

East Hartford educator Marcia Ferreira submitted written testimony to the Education Committee explaining the value of progress monitoring assessments and how she and her colleagues use them in their classrooms to meet the needs of each child. Read her remarks here.

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