While the Malloy administration continues its immoral and unethical attempt to stop parents from opting their children out of the unfair, inappropriate and discriminatory Common Core Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Test, a growing number of parents are stepping forward and utilizing their unalienable right to protect their children from a standardized testing program that is designed to ensure that as many in seven in ten public school children are deemed failures following this year’s Common Core SBAC Testing charade.
The failure rate is projected to be significantly higher for children who utilize special education services, children who aren’t fluent in the English Language and children who face economic and social challenges. The SBAC testing organization’s own report projects that 9 in 10 special education students and English Language Learners will be labeled failures when the tests are completed.
But in what may be the crassest move yet, the Malloy administration sent a “DRAFT LETTER” to local school superintendents today that they are supposed to use to quell the growing movement of parents who are opting their children out of Common Core SBAC Tests.
Among other absurd statements, the “DRAFT LETTER” states;
The Smarter Balanced assessments will be administered on computers and are designed to measure these skills through reading comprehension, writing, and math questions that require students to demonstrate that they truly understand the content. Additional supports are available for some students with special needs, as determined by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan.
But the letter fails to provide parents with the truth about just how harshly the Common Core SBAC Test will judge those students with “special needs, as determined by an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan.”
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has provided members states with a study that includes the projected results of this year’s Common Core SBAC Test.
The projected results are based on Pass/Fail “Cut Scores” that the Malloy administration approved, while the officials from Vermont and New Hampshire – the other two New England States using the Common Core SBAC Test – refused to endorse.
To force special educations students to take a test that is designed to fail 9 in 10 of those children is more than immoral; it is nothing short of illegal!
The projected results of the Common Core SBAC test for children requiring special education services are as follows;
|SBAC Test (Sub-Group Special Education/IEP)||% Projected to FAIL|
|3rd Grade – Special Education Students||84.2% Projected to FAIL|
|3rd Grade – Special Education Students||81.6% Projected to FAIL|