“High-stakes standardized tests are sucking the educational oxygen out of the room for teaching and learning,” CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg told host John Dankosky this morning on WNPR’s “Where We Live.” Waxenberg joined CT Mirror education reporter Jacqueline Rabe Thomas and Jeffrey Villar, executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, for a discussion about standardized testing and CEA’s proposal to eliminate the controversial SBAC.
Waxenberg explained that CEA’s proposal to replace SBAC with a progress monitoring assessment would still allow for comparisons between Connecticut districts. However, instead of focusing on a cut score, the CEA proposal would focus on students’ grade equivalency and growth over time.
CEA’s proposal does not call for any additional testing, as districts in Connecticut are already using progress monitoring assessments. “School boards are already paying for progress monitoring assessments,” Waxenberg said. “We want a portfolio of growth to be the driving force behind what happens in the classroom.” Read more