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The Consequences of High Stakes Testing

When testing becomes too high stakes, there are lots of unintended consequences. Officials in India are seeing that this week as images of parents climbing the outside of school buildings to pass cheat sheets to their children make world-wide news.

Luckily things aren’t as bad here in Connecticut, but they are the worst in our memory. Testing is taking over schools and that’s why CEA leaders have launched a powerful effort to get the state to change course.

CEA President Sheila Cohen and Executive Director Mark Waxenberg explained CEA’s proposal to replace SBAC with progress monitoring assessments to the legislature’s Education Committee during a hearing yesterday. Watch Cohen explain some of the problems with SBAC below.

Dr. Monty Neill, executive director of FairTest, told the Education Committee why a high stakes standardized test such as SBAC limits students.

Neill, responding to a question by Education Committee Co-Chair Rep. Andrew Fleischmann, explained how CEA’s proposal would meet federal testing requirements under No Child Left Behind.

Read more about CEA’s proposal.

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