Students and educators who came to the State Department of Education this afternoon to share their experiences with the state’s High School Assessment Working Group said that SBAC is taking away valuable learning time, lacks relevance to students, and places a significant burden on eleventh graders — many of whom are left taking a considerable number of tests in a short amount of time.
In addition to SBAC, many high school students take the SATs and AP exams in the spring of their junior year. That’s why the working group is considering replacing SBAC with another assessment such as the SAT or ACT. Read more about prior meetings of the working group here and here.
Thomaston High School senior Megan Foell serves on the State Student Advisory Council and is a student member of the State Board of Education. She said, “From the end of sophomore year and throughout junior year we’re bombarded with preparing for college. The tests are all clustered around the same time, and districts often implement their own district accountability assessments as well.” Read more