Ohanian Comment: Rep Judy Solano and the Colorado PTA are asking parents fill out this questionnaire. How refreshing to have a politico ask the public what they think about testing. It seems unique to me.
Please take some time to fill out this short questionnaire concerning CSAP testing. Parent opinions regarding education policy are important in guiding legislation at the State Capitol. After completing the questionnaire please send by reply email to ColoradoPTA@earthlink.net.
Thank You! Rep. Judy Solano & Colorado PTA
Federal law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), mandates that all states test students in grades 3-8 and once in high school (10-12) in the areas of Reading, Math, and Science. (In Colorado, CSAP tests are used for this federal mandate.) Colorado law requires more. All students are required to test in grades 3-10 (CSAP) in the areas of Reading, Math, Science, and Writing and take a mandatory 11th grade ACT.
According to Colorado Legislative Council, for the 2007-2008 school year, CSAP tests will cost $21,771,340 ($15,709,849 appropriated from state general funds and $6,061,491 from federal funds). The additional writing assessments cost Colorado approximately $5 million (contract with McGraw-Hill to score). The 9th and 10th grade CSAP exams cost approximately $2.7 million each ($5.4 million total). There are also additional costs incurred by each district for test preparation and administration.
1) Would you support legislation to reduce the amount of CSAP testing to grades 3-8 and once in high school in the areas of Reading, Math, and Science only (aligning with NCLB mandate)?
2) Would you support returning the responsibility of writing assessments back to the classroom teachers, schools, and local school districts?
3) Would you be in favor of using the "savings" from the reduction in CSAP testing to other programs?
If so, where would you want these monies to be redirected?
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Rep. Judy Solano and Colorado PTA
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