Nashua Common Core delay could jeopardize funding
Board members asked for school district lawyer Stephen Bennett’s advice after board member Sandra Ziehm proposed delaying the Smarter Balance Assessment tests for two years during a meeting at the end of March. Over the past six months, similar motions have been made and supported by board members who are concerned that teachers and students have not had enough time to prepare for the tests, and educational publishers designing and writing the tests have not yet worked out all the bugs and kinks.
“The requirement to use the Smarter Balance Assessment does not create a new program or responsibilities,” wrote Bennett in his six-page opinion. “The fact that the district may have to increase its expenditures related to the statewide assessment does not, in itself, create an unfunded mandate.”
However, others felt the tests were long and tedious, directions were confusing, and that students lacked the necessary technology skills for Smarter Balance assessments. Some teachers felt the new tests were not developmentally appropriate and may frustrate or overwhelm students.
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