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Need for Useful, Fair State Assessment Remains

CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg describing the problems with SBAC at a CEA press conference.

CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg described the problems with SBAC at a CEA news conference last year.

The State of Connecticut today took a very small step to cut back on student testing by eliminating the English Language Arts (ELA) performance task section of the SBAC exam. While this move reduces testing time for third through eighth graders by an hour to an hour and a half, it does nothing to address the underlying issues with SBAC repeatedly raised by CEA members and leaders.

CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg told CTNewsJunkie that getting rid of a portion of an unfair test doesn’t go far enough. Read the article here.

During the upcoming administration of the SBAC exam, the window for which begins March 15, only the computer adaptive portion of the ELA SBAC will be administered. Both the computer adaptive and performance task sections of the math portion of the SBAC will still be given. The state Department of Education announced that it had decided to eliminate the ELA performance task after an analysis found full alignment between both parts of the ELA SBAC exam—making the performance task redundant.


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