Even more students lose as the “cost” of the Common Core Testing grows

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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.

  • Sleepless in Bridgeport

    Other then the possibility of providing tuition paying students to fill the slots in our colleges that face losing their lucrative teacher prep programs to TFA 5 week wonders what is this “college ready” bullshit? I worked for years in a school system where the banner hanging on the wall and the website says 100% graduate “college ready”. What are we smoking? Now that most of our middle class manufacturing jobs have moved to India and China where are the jobs going to come from? Certainly not teaching any more. Not manufacturing. I got it maybe…PR for Bill Gates prostitute jackasses like Malloy, Pryor, Finch, Vallas, Arne? Oh I forgot…..Vallas is now selling his snake oil to the good citizens of Illinois. We don’t have too far to go before we have destroyed public education in our cities. The masses have been sold that “unions” are to blame for “bad schools” because they house “bad teachers”. For God’s sake I don’t like unions, but now they are needed as never before as a vehicle to unite teachers before it is too late. Hear that snoring sound? That’s the CEA and AFT snoriing as the bus drives over the cliff.

    • guest

      Great post. I also laugh when I hear that we must get our children ready to “compete in the global economy.” Translation: approve hundreds of thousands more in the local education budget. None of my friends or associates, all college educated, do anything related to the global economy. But its a great sucker phrase for parents. My new belief is that Malloy is not about Common Core at all – its just a strategy he can hide behind to bust unions. Yes, its come full circle. Unions are needed again. But only unions that stand up for their constituents. The unions in CT today, are being blindsided by Malloy.

    • Linda174

      Steve Colbert has made CCS into a national joke, but we already knew that:

  • buygoldandprosper

    Students always take a backseat to the adminis-traitors who are too busy lining their own pockets.
    The answers? MOOCS and home-schooling? well, MOOCS maybe.
    Homeschooling? Just what this state needs is a whole bunch more Adam Lanzas!
    “The latest spending plan was the final one crafted under Superintendent Christina Kishimoto, who did not attend Tuesday’s presentation at Sport and Medical Sciences Academy.
    In late March, after the board agreed to place Kishimoto on vacation through June 30, she said, “I’m feeling really good about the budget I put together. That budget will drive the priorities for next year but the new superintendent, when hired, will make adjustments as needed.”

  • buygoldandprosper

    One big test-taking circle jerk!

    “The redesigned SAT will focus on relevant words, the meanings of which depend on how they’re used. Students will be asked to interpret the meaning of words based on the context of the passage in which they appear. This is demanding but rewarding work. These are words that students will use throughout their lives — in high school, college, and beyond.”

    “The redesigned SAT will remove the penalty for wrong answers. Students will earn points for the questions they answer correctly. This move to rights-only scoring encourages students to give the best answer they have to every problem.

  • Teacher

    At our school, we don’t have access to computer labs, iPad carts or the library. Not even the library. Yet common core is asking us to teach research skills.

    • Linda174

      Place this sign on the library/classroom doors and replace the keyboards too:

  • buygoldandprosper

    Train them to bounce a basketball and become administrators:

    http://ctbythenumbers.info/2014/04/15/ollie-latest-see-take-home-pay-jump-uconn/

    • Linda174

      Yeah that worked out well for Arne. He even displayed his talents to hundreds of children in Haiti. They missed class to watch him dribble. And his words of wisdom for this poor nation was to collect data, yeah data. What a jackass. See Arne entertain poor brown children:

  • guest

    At my school classes that were “predominantly juniors” were actually cancelled – meaning anyone else attending this class and not taking the test were not important? Wow.

  • Bill Morrison

    Fixin’ To Test Rag (To the tune of Country Joe and the Fish Fixin’ To Die Rag”)

    Well, come along all of you teachin’
    folks
    William Gates needs your hearts and
    souls
    He got himself a brave new plan
    To make him richer at kids’ expense!
    So put down your books and pick up a
    test!
    We’re gonna screw a whole lotta kids!

    And it’s one, two, three,
    What are we testing for?
    We can’t teach in our schools
    anymore!
    Next class is a testing scam!
    And it’s five, six, seven, Open up
    the college gates!
    They don’t know Rome and they don’t
    know math!
    Whoppee! They can pass one more test!

    Come on Wall Street, don’t be slow!
    Rupert says to pillage the schools!
    There’s plenty good money to be made.
    By stealin’ from kids and selling our
    souls
    To charters and privates and vendors
    and such
    Keep the poor from thinkin’ too much!

    And it’s one, two, three,
    What are we testing for?
    We can’t teach in our schools
    anymore!
    Next class is a testing scam!
    And it’s five, six, seven, Open up
    the college gates!
    They don’t know Rome and they don’t
    know math!
    Whoppee! They can pass one more test!

    • Linda174

      @AFTCT: AFT CT’s prez applauds #PublicEd teachers chosen as #CommonCoreCT trainers in #OurSchoolsCT, attending @TeachFest. http://t.co/EP0rdPNHQO

      • Bill Morrison

        Melodie Peters is a traitor to our union! How could she do this to us?

        • Bill Morrison

          I just sent the following email to Ms. Peters.
          Ms. Peters,

          Did you really support Malloy’s so-called “Dream Team” of educators? We teachers overwhelmingly oppose common core and SBAC! You are taking a stand against what your membership clearly wants. We teachers feel betrayed by you and your support of Malloy, and your support of Malloy’s reforms. When will you support us and act in our interests?

          • guest

            Because when Malloy appointed AFT-CT former Prez, Sharon Palmer to head up the Department of Labor, well need we say more???? The nearly $130K a year position was wide open for Melody given her role as prior VP.

    • Linda174
  • guest