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Our students need more joy and less testing!

SB 1048, a bill to replace the FSA,  will be heard by the Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m.

The members of the committee need to hear from you now. This is your chance to influence the legislation in a positive way!

You can either send the default message below or make your statement even more powerful by customizing your email.

When customizing your email, please be sure to focus on what you would like to see.

If needed, suggestions for what could be done to improve testing as well as questions you might consider asking are included under the email. 

When you click SUBMIT, your email will automatically be sent to all the members of the Senate Education Appropriations Subcommittee. For your convenience, the members are listed below. 

Suggestions to consider making to the committee:

  • Students should spend as much time as possible learning, not testing. So, it is important to restrict additional district required assessments and only use state progress monitoring data and teacher designed assessments.
  • Ensure teachers get data from progress monitoring timely and by benchmark and standard.
  • Progress monitoring only works when educators have the time they need to plan and prepare lessons tailored to each students’ progress. 
  • Feedback by standard is important, not only for the progress monitoring during the year but also for the big end of year test.
  • Beyond feedback by standard, students, parents and educators deserve to have access to the test questions and answers after test administration. High-stakes decisions such as retention and graduation should only be made on tests where there is full transparency. 
  • Paper and pencil testing needs to be maintained in the early grades.

Questions to consider asking of committee members:

  • Will we get test data back quickly?
  • Will the data be broken down by benchmark?
  • Will we be able to see the questions and answers after the test to know specifically where our students went wrong?
  • Will we have the planning time we need in order to use the test data to inform instruction and help students grow?
  • Will this reduce the time my child spends on standardized testing?

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