It is almost impossible to conceive that the Corporate Education Reform Industry and its supporters like Governor Dannel Malloy are poised to define the vast majority of Connecticut’s students as failures…but that is exactly what is going to occur if parents don’t act to opt their children out of the Common Core Smarter Balanced Consortium (SBAC) test the begins in just a few weeks.
As parents step forward, Connecticut’s teachers must act as well.
Now is the time for Connecticut’s public school teachers to instruct their state unions to condemn the unfair Common Core SBAC testing scheme and demand that Governor Malloy and his administration provide parents with information about how to opt their children out of the 2015 Common Core SBAC tests.
As has been reported here at Wait, What? before, despite the fact that parents can and should consider opting their children out of the unfair, discriminatory and inappropriate Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing scheme that begins next month, Governor Malloy and his administration are failing to inform parents about their fundamental right to protect their children from these abusive tests.
Last year, Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, provided school superintendents with a step-by-step guide on how local school officials should go about misleading parents into believing that they did not have the right to opt their children out of these tests.
And far too many school superintendents and principals used Pryor’s guide and form letter to mislead their own parents and teachers.
This year, Malloy and his State Department of Education are stunningly silent on this critically important issue. Their failure to reveal the truth about a parent’s right to opt their children out of the Common Core tests is leaving local school officials and parents twisting slowly in the wind as the multi-billion dollar Common Core SBAC testing scam continues to suck up scarce public funds.
For parents, the bottom line is that the Malloy administration joined with the other Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) states in setting the “pass/fail” rates on this year’s Common Core Test in such a way that it will ensure that the vast majority of children are deemed failures.
For parents that don’t know the issue, please read the following paragraphs. Parents that do understand what is happening need to take action and pass this vital information onto other parents in your community.
Connecticut teachers can also play a key role by standing up and speaking out on behalf of their students, parents and schools. Teachers need to tell the Connecticut Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers – Connecticut Chapter to immediately issue strong statements condemning this year’s Common Core SBAC tests. Teachers should also urge their union leaders to use their “close working relationship” with the Malloy administration to demand that the Connecticut State Department of Education immediately provide parents with adequate notice about how to opt their children out of these inappropriate tests.
Here is the single most important FACT OF ALL – The Common Core SBAC Test is rigged to fail the vast majority of children;
The following is taken directly from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Website:
OLYMPIA, WASH. (November 17, 2014) —Members of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium [including Governor Malloy’s Commissioner of Education] have voted to approve initial achievement levels for the mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA) assessments that will be administered in 17 states and one territory this school year. The vote marks an important milestone in the development of the assessment system.
…[T]he threshold scores that distinguish four achievement levels and display the estimated percentage of students across all Smarter Balanced states who would have scored at each level based on data from the Consortium’s spring 2014 field test. Smarter Balanced estimates that the percentage of students who would have scored “Level 3 or higher” in math ranged from 32 percent in Grade 8 to 39 percent in Grade 3. In English language arts, the percentage of students who would have scored “Level 3 or higher” ranged from 38 percent in Grade 3 to 44 percent in Grade 5.
Translated into English this means that the Common Core SBAC test is designed so that percentage of students who have reached the “goal” level in math ranges from 32 percent for eighth grade to 39 percent for third grade.
FACT: The Common Core SBAC test is purposely designed that almost 7 in 10 eighth graders are deemed failures and that 6 in 10 third graders fail to reach their arbitrary “goal.”
Imagine, the Malloy administration is sending out tests that are designed to purposely fail 6 in 10 3rd graders!
According to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s “cut score,” In English/Language arts, the percentage of students who would have scored a goal will range from 38 percent in Grade 3 to 44 percent in Grade 5.
The Common Core Testing debacle is nothing short of child abuse.
For more background read these other Wait, What? Blog posts;