States aim for less testing and more instruction

Yet another state tries to hammer out a new way of judging schools that doesn’t rely so heavily on test scores.

Connecticut Joins States Preparing New Accountability Measures.

In a blog for Education Week (12/12) Catherine Gewertz writes that Connecticut is adding civics, arts, physical fitness, college readiness, attendance, and “student persistence and personal development” to its current list of criteria, primarily math and English/language arts scores, used to measure school effectiveness. Connecticut is preparing to present the system to the US Department of Education as part of its No Child Left Behind waiver renewal in the hopes of implementing the standards in June, and is one of a dozen states preparing new accountability measures. Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor told the state board the plan is to “aim for less testing and more instruction in our schools.” State efforts to incorporate more difficult to measure benchmarks are in many cases still in the early stages, and the author suggests watching those efforts over the next year.

Source: blogs.edweek.org

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