Connecticut Senate Votes to Dump Smarter Balanced for High School Students

connecticut-state-flagThe Connecticut Senate on Thursday passed a bill on a 33 to 3 vote that would dump Smarter Balanced for high school students in favor of college entrance exams like ACT or SAT.┬á Unfortunately 3rd – 8th graders would still be stuck with the horrible assessment.

The CT Mirror reports:

Legislative leaders agree, and momentum is building at the state Capitol to do away with the requirement that every junior take the Smarter Balanced Assessments, the controversial exams aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Instead, every student would take either the SAT or ACT college-entrance exam.

The Senate passed legislation to make the switch Thursday by a vote of 33-3. Supporters say the House will follow suit in the next few days.

“We are stressing our kids out. And by passing this legislation today we are going to take one step in a journey to bring back common sense to the classroom,” Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff, D-Norwalk, said during a press conference at the state Capitol Thursday before the Senate action.

Supporters of the bill say with honor students taking AP exams, high school juniors taking Smarter Balanced, and all high school students taking end of course exams in May that there is too much testing going on in the month of May.