On March 26, the U.S. Department of Education conditionally approved Colorado's changed student assessment plan. 

 

"Under the plan approved by the USED, schools and districts will be required to administer the Colorado Measures of Academic Success assessments in English language arts to all students in third, fifth and seventh grades.  CMAS math assessments must be administered to all students in fourth, sixth and eighth grades. This plan for assessments for this year only will provide some relief for students, families, and educators after a challenging year for education amid a global pandemic. "

"The USED did not approve Colorado’s request to suspend all science tests this year, so schools and districts must administer science tests to students in eighth grade. CMAS science will not be given to students in fifth and 11th grades, as they normally would, but CDE must publicly report the SAT Analysis in Science subscore this year. Social studies tests, which are required only in state law, will not be given this year."

See CDE for full details.

The School Superintendent Association has released a report outlining a path to systemic change in public education by 2025.

The flavor of the report can be sensed from excerpts:

"...can create momentum for achieving education transformation. They do so by galvanizing educators and the community around a shared vision and a more comprehensive definition of success that goes well beyond the limitations of what any standardized test can reveal about a learner’s future readiness."

k-12Dive.com did a review of the report.

A4PEP is asking for your support for a Resolution to be submitted to the Colorado State Legislature.

Our objective:

Take High-Stakes Testing Out of Colorado Public Schools

Read the full resolution here.

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This resolution proposes:

1. The state audit the state’s accreditation and accountability system regarding its intended impact on student learning and success.

 

2. The state eliminate test-based high-stakes accountability, accreditation, and sanctions on districts, schools and educators.

 

3. The state redesign the education accountability system so it is meaningful, relevant, and equitable, and uses the support and resources of community-based solutions.

 

4. The state redesign the accountability system to include multiple assessment tools such as portfolios, projects and performance tasks to measure student growth and individual strengths.

 

5. The state conducts needs assessments of schools and districts, and provide effective community-based support and interventions.

 

6. The state work with the Colorado Department of Education and submit a revised ESSA plan incorporating the above changes.

 

7. The state and Colorado Department of Education suspend CMAS testing for 2020-2021 and following years until audit or research shows that the current accountability system improves student learning and closes the achievement gap.

 

8. The Colorado Congressional delegation promotes legislation that eliminates accountability systems based primarily on standardized testing.

 

9. The Colorado Congressional delegation demands that educational mandates be appropriately funded, including Title I and the Individuals with Disability Education Act.

If you support this resolution,

Sign here to support the resolution.

Our policy priorities for

2021

*  Rethinking accountability, assessment, and teacher evaluation

*  Adequate and equitable funding

*  Equal access and desegregation

*  Quality neighborhood schools

The Link Between Poverty and Low Academic Achievement Around the World.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently released a study on how its 37 member countries had fared in breaking the link between poverty and low academic achievement. 

No country had broken the link but some did better than others.  How some countries did much better than others is described.

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