Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen

Connecticut Education Association News Release

Statement from CEA President Sheila Cohen

Task force to provide ample opportunity for improvement

May 28, 2015

We commend teachers for their diligence this year in chronicling the problems with SBAC, and sharing those experiences with their legislators. We applaud legislators, especially Senator Gayle Slossberg and her Education Committee co-chair, State Representative Andy Fleischmann, for listening and taking action by advancing this proposal (Substitute Senate Bill 1095) that increases accountability and provides a strong commitment to Connecticut's examination of the impact of SBAC, the statewide mastery examination, on student learning time.

Teacher advocacy and persistence pay dividends for our students.

You can count on CEA being a well-informed and outspoken advocate on the new task force that Sub. SB 1095 establishes. The charge of the task force provides ample opportunity to improve the state testing program to maximize learning time for students and teachers, while ensuring student progress is effectively monitored.

We are pleased that this bill eliminates SBAC in high school—an initiative that indicates that the voice of CEA and others on the State Department of Education High School Assessment Working Group was respected. (Members of the group voted to eliminate the high school SBAC requirement this week.)

This reduction in testing at the high school level makes us optimistic that further improvements to provide less testing and more learning in our public schools are in the future.

We look forward to action by the full Senate and House on Sub. SB 1095.

The Connecticut Education Association represents 43,000 teachers in Connecticut.

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