When it comes to the implementation of the Common Core and its related Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) testing frenzy, the tide is beginning to turn.
As a result of the policies being pushed by Governor Malloy and Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, massive amounts of school instruction time will give way to even more standardized test prep and standardized testing.
No country in the world conducts more standardized testing of its students and rather than cut back, the corporate education reform industry is dramatically increasing the amount standardized testing that is forced upon students in the United States.
Here in Connecticut, the new Common Core testing scheme will not only impact students from Kindergarten through 11th grade, but will cost state and local taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars for new software, textbooks, computers, training and consultants to oversee it all.
As a result of this onslaught, a growing opt out of standardized testing movement is taking place across the country.
The effort to save our children and our taxpayers from this incredible waste of time and resources has arrived in Connecticut.
Here is a re-cap of some of the recent blog posts and commentary pieces about the movement to stop the standardized testing frenzy;
Don’t let them fool you: You can and should consider opting your child out of standardized testing frenzy (A powerful commentary piece by Wendy Lecker on the rights of parents when it comes to the Connecticut Mastery Test and the new Common Core Smarter Balanced Field Test).
Sarah Darer Littman: Back with more news about the Malloy’s administration’s Common Core Spending (Sarah Darer Littman highlights the massive costs associated with the Common Core Smarter Balanced Test and how state funds will leave the primary burden for paying for these costs on the backs of local property taxpayers).
Jonathan Kantrowitz: A FACT based assessment of the Common Core (Jonathan Kantrowitz, a fellow blogger and expert on school curricula reminds readers that Connecticut already has extensive school standards already in place and that while standards can and should be improved, the Common Core standards aren’t the end all and be all they claim to be).
Those aren’t guinea pigs; those are our children! (A Wait, What? blog post about how many local school districts decided to go along with Commissioner Pryor’s decision to use our children as guinea pigs in this year’s Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) Field Test. While states had the choice of having only 10% of the students be used in this expensive experiment, the Malloy administration decided to go to the other extreme and force as many students as possible to take the Common Core test – despite the fact that this year’s test is nothing more than a test of test on curriculum that students haven’t even been taught. Only Ashford, Chaplin, Danbury, Madison, Preston, Rocky Hill, Scotland, Thomaston, Westport, Windsor and Regional District #11 rejected Commissioner Pryor’s directive and decided to stick with the Connecticut Mastery Test this year. If you town isn’t on the list it means that your child is being used as a “lab rat” without your permission.
Opt Out Letters:
Finally, for those parents who are considering opting out their children from the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT/CAPT) or the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Test (SBAC) here are some draft opt out letters you may want to use.