Malloy questions Connecticut Common Core test

Sep 8, 2014 by

Says juniors take too many standardized tests in a crucial year

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy appealed to the U.S. Department of Education on Friday to consider whether juniors in Connecticut really need to take a statewide standardized test in the same year that they have SATs, ACTs, AP exams and finals.

Federal law requires states to test students from grades 3-8 and again in 10th grade. But the new high school test for the Common Core standards is given to 11th graders, with the thinking it yields better data on student learning. This was the first year the test was given to juniors, causing an uproar from some parents.

“I am eager to explore solutions for the students who may be our most overtested: our 11th graders,” Malloy said in the letter to the U.S. Education Department.

A department spokeswoman said the federal agency has not had time to review Governor Malloy’s letter and could not comment on it yet.

The move comes as Malloy defends his record, including his educational reforms, from attacks by his gubernatorial opponent Republican Tom Foley and independent blogger Jonathan Pelto, who just failed to win enough signatures to appear as an independent candidate for governor.

via Malloy questions Connecticut Common Core test – StamfordAdvocate.

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