BEWARE: 9 in 10 Children who utilize special education services will fail the inappropriate Common Core SBAC Test

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
English/Language Arts
3rd Grade – Special Education Students 84.2% Projected to FAIL
4th Grade 83.6%
5th Grade 87.0%
6th Grade 91.1%
7th Grade 92.7%
8th Grade 91.5%
11th Grade 91.0%


3rd Grade – Special Education Students 81.6% Projected to FAIL
4th Grade 87.1%
5th Grade 90.5%
6th Grade 90.3%
7th Grade 91.2%
8th Grade 92.2%
11th Grade 92.5%
  • ReTired

    The governor needs to go with leaders from corporate American, take additional personnel, whomever they may be, and visit an elementary, middle, or high school serving special needs students who have ‘challenged’ IQ scores, that is IQ scores below 60. Additionally, this entourage should also chat with students who have emotionally challenging issues. Finally, to make their visit complete, chat with the teachers who must monitor ALL students trying to take the test with the hope that their answers will get entered correctly before the system shuts down!

    • buygoldandprosper

      Danny has already surrounded himself with political hacks, most of whom have IQ’s below 60 and they got 12% raises.
      Not everyone will be able to drink from the well in these tough economic times.

  • buygoldandprosper

    It is good to know that Dan,the-man-with-the-plan, and Jeb Bush see eye-to-eye on the topic.

  • JMF

    Is the problem here the test, or the fact that the system is failing students with disabilities so badly that so few of them are able to perform at what is supposed to be their appropriate grade level

    • jonpelto

      I think that is a very fair and appropriate question. For those of us who are only observers of the process it seems clear that the state and school districts are failing to provide the array of support and services that children need and deserve. That said, a test that is intended to fail up to 7 in 10 children and more than 9 in 10 children who utilize special education services strikes me as immoral and inappropriate. Enhancing standards and providing support to students to grow towards achieving those standards is a perfectly appropriate goal, but punishing students by labeling them as failures – knowing that the test is designed to produce failure strikes me as reprehensible. None of the proponents of the testing madness are suggesting that the tests would be used to enhance funding or expand services for children with special needs including those who need special education or English Language services. Instead they are promoting the test as the vehicle to determine which teachers are “good” and which schools should be privatized My gut is that the results of the test will be used exactly the wrong way and will produce an approach will claims that “those” students simply can’t achieve goal and therefore services will be diverted away from the very people who need the help..

  • It’s a weird fact, but also the truth. The percentage projected to fail is above 80 and one thing that I notice the percentage is more increasing from 3rd to 11th grade. What’s the matter actually?