What the bill does do:
- makes testing in 11th/12th grade optional (except for the ACT). The decision to administer the PARCC and CMAS tests would be left up to districts.
- renews the state task force on standardized testing
[F]indings from research studies and public input made it clear that Colorado’s current system of State and local assessments has created far too many demands on time, logistics, and finances that are impacting the teaching and learning process in schools and undermining public support for the assessment system as a whole.Senate Bill 215 doesn't address over-testing in grades 3-10 whatsoever. The Task Force had recommended making Math and English CMAS testing optional at all levels; Senate Bill 215 doesn't do that.
The bill also doesn't provide a means for parents and students to opt-out of standardized testing without hurting their schools and districts. (This was another task force recommendation.)
This brings us to the question: what is the point in making another task force if the state hasn't even bothered to listen to the first one?
3. Senate Bill 215 doesn't address several other student, parent, and teacher concerns.
- When we protested last fall, we were concerned about the amount of money the state spends on testing. Student protests since then have focused on the issue of continued privatization of our education. Under S.B. 215, the state would still pay corporations for these tests.
- The bill doesn't address any concerns about data privacy, which a been an important issue for many families.
- The bill doesn't do anything to address the issue that Colorado's "accountability" system punishes low-performing schools for poor exam scores.