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Friday, December 11, 2009

Colorado to Phase Out State Test

Draft of Standards
Drafts of the Colorado Academic Standards

Draft documents tracking changes and recommendations based on State Board of Education discussions on Googledocs and individual meetings with CDE staff: (Posted December 9, 2009)

I am excited that it looks like technology will take a more prevalent role in our standards and objectives K-12. Currenly technology is actually listed physically on the botoom of the CAP and Year at a Glance Documents in my district. This doesn't mean that we don't value technology, I believe the opposite to be true, but it does send a subconscious message that instead of integration and enhancing pedagogy, technology is just something that you add if you can, not necessarily because we should.

What this does is lead to me a lot of questions.
What does this mean for us?
What happens to Growth Data?
How will teachers, admin, and central staff react to the next two years of CSAP tests?
Word initially is that the tests will be taken on computers to "speed up" the result process, I like this idea, but I wonder if it sends a message that computers are for assessment only again, which would be unfortunate for those teachers that are trying to embrace it, but often only find themselves in front of a computer for testing.
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