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Time needed for dubious test alarms administrators PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 11 March 2015 20:17

PW-S school leaders who question value of new state assessment say it will usurp valuable hours of instruction

    Port Washington-Saukville School District administrators said Monday they are deeply concerned about the amount of teaching time that will be lost while administering a new state achievement test, the results of which will be of dubious value to the district, over a six to eight-week period beginning later this month.

    “We’re going to give away two months of instructional time,” Thomas Jefferson Middle School Principal Arlan Galarowicz told the school board.

    Supt. Michael Weber said, “There were obvious concerns among our administrative staff when it became clear the amount of instructional time we will lose.”

    The Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced assessment, also called the Badger Exam, would be more palatable if the inordinate amount of time spent preparing for and administering it yielded data that administrators and teachers could use to improve education, but local educators are skeptical.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 March 2015 20:43
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