Nashua Board of Education: Students cleared to take Smarter Balance tests
However, Superintendent Mark Conrad and other members of the board defended the decision to have students participate in the Smarter Balance dry run.
Beginning in the spring of 2015, all students will be required to take the Smart Balance assessment tests. Last month, the board shot down Murotake’s proposal to delay the tests for two years.
“There are parents who don’t want their kids to be guinea pigs,” said Murotake, who asked if parents could opt their children out of the field test and if teachers could decide not to include their classes.
“I have a problem with assessing a child on something he or she hasn’t been exposed to,” said BOE member Kim Muise, who reluctantly voted to approve the administration’s decision. “We’re still writing Common Core curriculum. How do you assess a child on something that hasn’t been taught yet?”
“I’m not enthused to have our kids take this as a field test,” she said.
“I can’t believe that principals made this decision without any input from teachers,” said Haas. “If they did, we should fire them.”
“My concern is the board is being told about this after the fact,” said Ziehm. “Are we not the policy makers?”
Ziehm has also consistently questioned other aspects of Common Core and Smarter Balance.
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