June 2015

CEA Shares New Survey of Teachers' Concerns About SBAC's Detrimental Impact on Children

There's still time to take the survey and share your stories

The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing is having a detrimental impact on children—from anger and frustration to crying—and creates an obstacle to teaching and learning.

That's what teachers from across the state are saying. Nearly 1,500 teachers have taken an ongoing CEA survey about SBAC and have shared information, stories, and detailed accountings of the negative effects of SBAC on the social and emotional well-being of children. That information is being used to persuade lawmakers to make changes and focus on less testing, and more learning. Read CEA's news release.

At a news conference, CEA President Sheila Cohen released the initial findings of the survey and relayed teachers' concerns, "SBAC is an ineffective and wasteful assessment that is putting our students' emotional health at risk and denying them the education they deserve." Watch Cohen discuss the survey.

There's still time to take the survey.

Let your voice be heard. Take the SBAC survey at

Here's the email that went out to all members explaining the process for taking the SBAC survey.

In our ongoing effort to address concerns regarding SBAC testing, CEA has begun conducting an all-member survey.

Purpose: The survey is designed to collect information about SBAC administration, loss of instructional time, impact on students, and other SBAC-related concerns. The goal of the survey is to document the many issues and anecdotal observations about the SBAC testing system. SBAC assessment is a very timely issue, as legislators are considering legislation on mastery testing. We urge all members to complete the survey as soon as possible in order for us to immediately begin using results in our advocacy. Participation is anonymous.

Process: The secure link - http://www.cea.org/members/sbacsurvey/ - is being sent to all members via email. In order to protect the security of the survey, members will need to login to the CEA website using their CEA membership number (members can use the "Lookup" function if they do not have their number handy). The link will also be posted behind the CEA.org login page.

Upon logging in, members will be automatically (and anonymously) sent to Survey Monkey to conduct the survey.

Duration: The survey is live and will be open until June 8, but we urge members to complete it as soon as possible and to share the link with their colleagues as well.

More information: Please feel free to contact Ray Rossomando, rayr@cea.org with any questions.

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