The highest score - on a 1-4 scale - was "alignment with Common Core." That came in at 2.65.
The lowest was a 1.72 for "Overall Impact of SBAC Practice and Administration on the School Day."
50% (!) of member respondents said it 11-20+ hours for student to take the test.
Also SB had an estimate of how long it would take students to complete tests in various subjects. Most respondents said it was about one hour more than estimated. (Learning curve?)
But when asked what were challenges to students in taking the LA test, the biggest one was
"keyboarding skills" followed by "test screen - split screen, navigation, scrolling."
For math, the biggest student issues were "test tools - fractions, calculator, graphs, formulas), followed by "difficult, above grade level."
The biggest concern for teachers was "Schedule disruptions, loss of instructional time."
About Washington's loss of its NCLB waiver:
PAA, Social Equality Educators, and several others have come together to form OurSchoolsAreNotFailing.org
Our Schools are not Failing is a website dedicated to telling the stories about the positive contributions of our schools. Along with the website we have launched an online petition that calls for the reinstatement of the waiver from NCLB by Secretary Duncan.
If we get hundreds or thousands of signatures it has the potential to become a national news story and put pressure on Arne Duncan.
We really hope that many parents and students will write short statements about what they like about their school to submit to our website. let me know if that is something you could help encourage.