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Why We Opt-Out: CT Black & Latino Parents Discuss SBAC

A panel at Trinity College

A room full of parents, students, educators, and community members listened to a panel at Trinity College discuss problems with SBAC and test prep in urban public schools.

Although much of the media coverage surrounding parents opting their children out of state tests has focused on white, suburban parents, these families are not alone in taking a stand against tests they see as having no value for their children or schools.

At a panel discussion last week at Trinity College, Black and Latino parents shared their own stories of opting their children out of SBAC and talked about the lost instructional time and excessive test prep students and schools are facing.
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There Is a Better Way—Testing Done Right Is Within Reach

Teachers spoke out at a news conference today in Hartford at the Legislative Office Building calling for an end to harmful testing. At center is CEA President Sheila Cohen. From left are Juanita Harris, Bruce Yarnall, Ted Goerner, and Annie Irvine.

Teachers spoke out at a news conference today at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford calling for an end to harmful testing. At center is CEA President Sheila Cohen. From left are Juanita Harris, Bruce Yarnall, Ted Goerner, and Annie Irvine.

Indisputable evidence from the frontlines of teaching took center stage today at a CEA news conference in Hartford as teachers urged lawmakers to examine the needs of students and reject a test that is not valid, reliable, or fair.

While several teachers offered compelling testimony about their experience with SBAC at today’s news conference, their perspectives were bolstered by dozens of their colleagues who shared their stories with reporters via video.

The teachers appearing in the video were representative of the hundreds of teachers from all corners and all counties of the state who spoke about the SBAC test and its impact on students and schools in a CEA Listening Tour held last fall.

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More Testing, More Test Prep in Public Schools

Photo by Lindsey Turner via Flickr.

Photo by Lindsey Turner via Flickr.

More evidence that the amount of time devoted to standardized testing and test prep in public schools is on the rise is in today with the results of a survey of superintendents.

Sixty-seven percent of superintendents in the nationally representative Gallup poll said that their districts are now spending more time preparing students for standardized tests than they used to. Sixty-one percent said students now take more standardized tests than they used to.

The survey, which was conducted in November, found that only 10 percent of superintendents thought the federal government had done a good or excellent job with education policy over the last five years.

The Gallup poll asked several other questions—you can read the complete results here.