Commissioner Stefan Pryor’s PR operation says the implementation of the Common Core Smarter Balanced Testing Assessment Test of a Test is going well.
When Governor Malloy’s State Board of Education met this week they had time to adopt a resolution re-committing Connecticut to “immediately implementing” the Common Core but didn’t even bother to discuss the opt out issue or whether Commissioner Pryor had acted inappropriately when he engaged in an extensive campaign to mislead parents into thinking that they didn’t have the right to take their students out of the inappropriate and wasteful Common Core test.
Meanwhile the Stamford Advocate reported that, “While some parents of high school juniors are looking to have their children excused from taking a weeklong standardized test in May, students seem to be taking the imposition of yet another test in stride.” The news article was referring to the new 7½ hour-long Smarter Balanced Assessment Test of a test that will be burdening most Connecticut students, teachers and classrooms this spring.
But stories are pouring in from around the state that paint a very different picture.
In Cheshire, the Common Core Testing machine came to a halt the other day when the software crashed their internet.
In a town not that far away, a special education teacher wrote about having to watch some of her students with special needs start to cry as they tried to log on and maneuver through the complex on-line test.
Meanwhile, at Trumbull High School more than a third of the junior class had submitted opt out letters and when the Common Core test actually began yesterday morning, only 47 out of 530 students showed up to take the test.
Teachers at two other Connecticut public high schools reported that more than seven in ten of their high school juniors reported that they quickly clicked through the common Core test filling in non-answers or didn’t even bother taking the test after signing in.
Rather than explain the truth to Connecticut’s parents, students and teachers, the Malloy administration has turned ensured that the Common Core Smarter Balanced Test of a test is a nothing more than a complete and utter farce.