Bill to Reduce Testing Passes Both House and Senate
A bill that eliminates SBAC testing for eleventh graders and calls for an examination of SBAC’s impact on younger students tonight passed the State House of Representatives after passing the Senate last week. Education Committee Co-Chair Rep. Andy Fleischmann called Substitute Senate Bill 1095 “an important step forward for all students affected by mastery testing [SBAC] in Connecticut.”
CEA President Sheila Cohen thanked legislators for listening, taking action, and passing the bill. “The passage of Sub. Senate Bill 1095 makes us optimistic that further improvements to provide less testing and more learning in our public schools are in the future,” she said.
Cohen commended teachers for making their voices heard at a rally at the State Capitol, via a CEA survey on SBAC, and in correspondence and conversations with legislators. The legislation creates a task force to improve the state testing program to maximize learning time for students and teachers, while ensuring student progress is effectively monitored.
Rep. Gail Lavielle, Education Committee ranking member, said, “Teachers are eager to spend more time in the classroom really being able to help children learn instead of preparing for a test.”
Education Commitee member Rep. Gayle Mulligan said, “We’ve heard time and time again from constituents how much time is being taken up by testing.”
The legislation now heads to Governor Malloy’s desk for his signature.