As Malloy claims ELA Performance Task not useful his lies and deception about the Common Core SBAC test catch up to him

Earlier today, Governor Dannel Malloy held a media event at a Cromwell Connecticut elementary school to announce his new step to “REDUCE STATE TESTING.”

The press release headline proclaimed:

New Step to Limit Smarter Balanced Exam Builds on Effort  to Help Districts Spend Less Time Testing and More Time Teaching

In reality, the Malloy administration’s entire maneuver was nothing be a farce designed to, once again, mislead Connecticut’s students, parents, teachers and taxpayers about the unfair, inappropriate and discriminatory Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing scheme, and the fact that the tests are wasting millions of dollars in scarce public resources and turning public schools into little more than testing factories.

You can read more about this late breaking development at Malloy’s Strategy on Common Core SBAC Test – Look busy and make sh*t up

By pulling aside the curtain or blowing away the smokescreen the truth become very clear;

Today Malloy and his administration proclaimed:

“When we know an exam won’t improve our understanding of a student’s standing, and we know it won’t necessarily improve teaching quality, then we should eliminate it so it doesn’t burden our students, teachers, and families.”  Governor Dannel Malloy 2/25/2016

And

“By rightsizing the Smarter Balanced Assessment to Connecticut’s needs, we are not only saving time and money, but we are improving the teaching and learning process.  “Assessments are important tools that help us deliver on our promise to our kids and ensure that we are holding all of our students to high standards.” Commissioner Dianna Wentzell 2/25/2016

So what is really going on?

The Common Core and the Common Core testing system was developed in conjunction with the federal government and a series of major foundation’s created by the country’s billionaires and super-wealthy.

In addition to the hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds that were “contributed” by the federal government, the Gates Foundation, Walton Foundation, Broad Foundation and a variety of other similar groups “invested” hundreds of millions of dollars more to design, develop and sell the Common Core and the Common Core testing program to an unsuspecting public.

With the help of the National Governor’s Association and dozens of organizations that were paid by the Gates Foundation to sell the Common Core, the corporate education reform industry proclaimed that their new educational system would transform the nation’s schools and ensure that every child was “College and Career” ready.

With every passing day, it is becoming increasingly apparent that “education reform” isn’t about providing children with the quality education they need and deserve to live more fulfilling lives in the 21st Century, but a way for the individuals and companies associated with the education reform movement to get rich off taxpayers at the national, state and school district level.

In response, the politicians who brought the nation education reform are spinning out of control as they try to rewrite history and duck responsibility for their own actions.

Today – Connecticut Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy’s “major announcement” – is a quintessential example of just how deceitful politicians can be.

After being one of the most outspoken governor’s in the nation in favor of the Common Core and its associated testing craze, Malloy’s announcement that he was “rightsizing” the Common Core SBAC test by eliminating the requirement that students take the English Language Arts (ELA) Performance Task section.  The move would reduce the ten to twelve hour Common Core test by as much as an hour and forty-five minutes.

To reiterate, Malloy pontificated;

“When we know an exam won’t improve our understanding of a student’s standing, and we know it won’t necessarily improve teaching quality, then we should eliminate it so it doesn’t burden our students, teachers, and families.”  

So according to Governor Malloy, the English Language Arts (ELA) Performance Task “won’t improve our understanding of a student’s standing, and we know it won’t necessarily improve teaching quality.”

For six years the Malloy administration, including both his first and second Commissioners of Education, have been active members of the steering committee responsible for creating and rolling out the Common Core SBAC tests.

Now they say the English Language Arts Performance Task is unnecessary.

And what has the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium saying about the English Language Arts Performance Task section of the test?

Smarter Balanced assessments will go beyond multiple-choice questions to include extended response and technology enhanced items, as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Performance tasks challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to complex real-world problems.  (Smarter Balanced Consortium Website)

[The ELA Performance Tasks] are meant to measure capacities such as depth of understanding, writing and research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with traditional assessment questions. (Smarter Balanced Consortium Website)

This approach represents a significant improvement over traditional paper-and-pencil assessments used in many states today, providing more accurate scores for all students across the full range of the achievement continuum. (Smarter Balanced Consortium Website)

Performance Tasks for English Language Arts

Measure complex assessment targets, Demonstrate ability to think and reason, Higher-order skills, Produce fully developed writing or speeches, Provide evidence of college and career readiness. (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s English Language Arts Performance Task Training Module)

Guidelines for Performance Tasks

Integrate knowledge and skills, Measure understanding, research skills, analysis, and the ability to provide relevant evidence, Require student to plan, write, revise, and edit, Reflect a real-world task, Demonstrate knowledge and skills, Allow for multiple points of view, Feasible for classroom environment. (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium PowerPoint)

So, after years of work and hundreds of millions of dollars, the Common Core Smarter Balanced Consortium Assessment organization claims that the ELA Performance Task is a vital, critical, and essential part of the test to determine if a child is on route to be “college and career ready.”

But today, Governor Dannel Malloy and his administration announced that the English Language Arts Performance Task section of the Common Core SBAC test can be dumped because;

“When we know an exam won’t improve our understanding of a student’s standing, and we know it won’t necessarily improve teaching quality, then we should eliminate it so it doesn’t burden our students, teachers, and families.”

Go figure.

Again, You can read more about Malloy’s now policy at Malloy’s Strategy on Common Core SBAC Test – Look busy and make sh*t up