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West Hartford Teacher Explains Why Smarter Balanced Tests Fail Students

Liz NataleWest Hartford teacher Liz Natale became famous among educators across the country last year with her Hartford Courant op-ed, “Why I Want To Give Up Teaching.” Today the Hartford Courant has up another opinion piece by Natale, “Why Smarter Balanced Tests Fail Students.”

Natale writes,

We teachers and school administrators are frequently instructed to ask ourselves, “Is what I’m doing good for kids?” I believe teaching in a school community that values all aspects of a child — social, emotional, academic, athletic, creative — and works to give every student a chance to succeed is good for kids. Can the people with the power to put the Smarter Balanced test to rest honestly say the same?

Read her entire article here, and then join Natale in speaking out. Contact your legislators and let them know how excessive standardized testing is affecting you and your students.

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