By Christine Stuart

HARTFORD >> The first year of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium testing isn’t completed, but the state’s largest teachers union is asking state lawmakers to study its continued use as a statewide assessment…

Jeffrey Villar, executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, said that he can’t understand the concerns being leveled against the SBAC test.

‘The SBAC takes students the same amount of time to complete as the CMT (Connecticut Mastery Test), but provides higher-quality data that is comparable across states,’ Villar said.

He added: ‘The fight against SBAC is nothing more than a backlash against accountability. It’s a movement that seeks to maintain the status quo, rather than making informed decisions about what students actually need from their schools.’

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