CONTACT: David Albert
We are concerned that if enacted, proposed APPR legislation that has passed the Assembly would result in additional student testing.
Unless the state wants to forfeit federal ESSA funds, it still must administer grades 3-8 ELA and math state assessments. Under the proposed APPR legislation, students could have to take both the state tests as well as alternative assessments that would be used for teacher and principal evaluation purposes.
Clearly, this would run contrary to our efforts to reduce the amount of time that students are subjected to testing.
We thank Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan for acknowledging the concerns of the school boards association and superintendents.
In addition, we have serious concerns about the requirement in the legislation for school districts to negotiate the selection of alternative assessments through collective bargaining. This represents a step backward, as school districts presently have the authority to determine assessments used in teacher evaluations.
We look forward to working with the legislature on this important issue.