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From the Garfield High webpage:
All SBAC exams ELA - Cancelled
04/06/15 - 04/10/15
SBAC: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
For all 11th graders and some 12th graders.
The SBAC is the group of tests that were developed to align with Common Core standards. Washington State is phasing in these exams to replace the HSPE and EOC exams in reading, writing, and math. There is an SBAC test in math and an SBAC test in ELA (English-Language Arts). These tests are CAD (Computer Adaptive) and will be given in the computer labs.
Schedule TBD within assigned LA classes.
I have no idea why or what will be going on otherwise.
As well, there is to be an announcement from a civil rights group against SBAC testing coming this week. Stay tuned.
Also, listen to this incredibly articulate little girl, Sydney Smoot, from Florida stand up against testing at a school board meeting. She makes a VERY good point when she says:
First of all, I do not feel good about a form in the FSA that you have to sign assuring that you can't even discuss the test with your parents. I am not comfortable with signing something like this. I have the right to talk to my parents about any and everything related to school and my education.Exactly. Since when can't kids talk about their school day with their parents?
She got a standing ovation.
(Note: Florida had signed up with PARCC but pushback over Common Core led to that being dropped. Florida then "rebranded" CC as "Florida Standards" with a few changes. It also dropped the PARCC and bought another test from Utah.)