The Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test of a test means more testing and less learning.
The Common Core test will cost Connecticut’s students and teachers hundreds of hours of lost instructional time.
The Common Core test will cost schools and taxpayers tens of millions in computer and internet upgrades so that students can take the inappropriate computer-based test.
And reports are coming in from around the state that another major problem is undermining our students, teachers and public schools.
As schools divert their computers and internet to the Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Test of a test, students who take computer related courses are being pushed aside, unable to even complete the courses that require access to those computers.
As everyone but the proponents of the Common Core Smarter Assessment Field Test scheme understand, there are literally dozens of courses that require access to computers.
In addition to classes that teach an array of computer skills, there are a wide variety of business and art classes that require daily access to the computer.
But in the name of getting students “college and career ready,” Connecticut’s school systems are being forced to commandeer the schools’ computers for the Common Core testing; leaving students without the equipment they literally need to become “college and career ready.”
Business teachers, art teachers, and computer teachers have all written to say that access to their computers has been restricted for weeks at a time. Teachers are being prevented from teaching course content and students are being prevented from completing their coursework.
Teachers report that as computer labs and classrooms with computers have been converted to testing factories, students taking courses that require access to those computers have been sent to the library, cafeteria or hallways to wait for the testing periods to come to an end.
As the end of the school year comes into sight, one school reports that rather than having fifteen class periods to work on their semester projects and prepare for their required presentations, students will have less than half that number.
Another school is reporting that as result of the Common Core testing frenzy, business and graphic art students have been prohibited from using their classroom computers for more than a month during the spring Common Core testing period.
As a result of the massive standardized testing program, students are losing out.
College and career skills are NOT being developed, knowledge is NOT being acquired, and precious opportunities ARE being lost.
The Common Core testing debacle is truly undermining our public schools and the students they serve.
It leaves parents, teachers and taxpayers asking… Why won’t Governor Malloy, his Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, or the General Assembly stand up, step forward and put an end to this travesty.