When It Comes to Standardized Testing, How Much Is Too Much?

Mar 12, 2015

Later this month, Connecticut students will begin taking the Common Core-aligned Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test, which is designed to measure their progress in a variety of subject areas. 

But some are not so thrilled about Connecticut’s testing requirements. The state’s largest teachers union recently asked lawmakers to cut back on standardized tests. And a number of parents say they plan to opt their kids out of SBAC testing this Spring.

This hour, our panel of experts weighs in on standardized testing and some of the controversy surrounding it. A little later, we also check in on the search for Connecticut’s next education commissioner.

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  • Mark Waxenberg - Executive Director of the Connecticut Education Association
  • Jeffrey Villar - Executive Director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform
  • Jacqueline Rabe Thomas - Education Reporter for the Connecticut Mirror
  • Jonathan Pelto - Blogger and advocacy journalist based in Connecticut

John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.