State teachers to no longer be rated on test scores
Teachers in Connecticut will no longer be rated on standardized test scores following a lengthy debate and vote Wednesday in Hartford.
The state Board of Education abandoned a plan to tie almost one-quarter of a teacher's evaluation to how well their students perform on the state's yearly SBAC, or Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, test.
Teachers packed into Wednesday's meeting and urged Board of Education members to keep standarized test scores out of the mix. Parents groups argued that children deserve accountability and that test scores provide that.
Rob Traber, head of the Bridgeport Education Association, says that overtesting is having a negative effect on the ability for teachers to do their jobs.
Instead, Traber suggests shorter, "progress monitoring" tests throughout the year.