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NHTA Testing Resolution

RESOLUTION OF THE NEW HAVEN TEACHER ASSOCIATION OPPOSING THE CALIFORNIA ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS TESTING FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2020/2021

 

WHEREAS, New Haven Teacher Association (NHTA) was established to ensure that the rights of teachers are protected as well as help provide the foundation for success for all NHUSD students; and

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced school districts and county offices of education to rapidly adapt under constantly changing and challenging circumstances to continue to deliver high-quality education to all students while safeguarding public health; and

 

WHEREAS, COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the State of California causing stress for students and families all while maintaining a focus on student learning; and

 

WHEREAS, standardized testing in the Spring 2021 unnecessarily impacts the social-emotional health of our students given the pandemic when the priority of instruction is to deliver a robust curriculum and minimize any learning loss due to pandemic; and

 

WHEREAS, using standardized testing in the spring will not provide an equal comparison from prior years due to proposed change in format for the Spring assessments, and therefore, impacting the reliability of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science for Spring 2021; and

WHEREAS, NHTA has determined that not all students have adequate technology and each student's home environment is not standardized and that when school is physically in session, classrooms can be controlled in terms of quiet, access to the internet, etc. At home, some students have quiet, private places to take tests and do their schoolwork, but others have chaotic home lives, multiple people trying to access the WiFi at once, and other challenges that make the environment difficult in which to test. The District can not guarantee that all students are taking the test independently resulting in true individual assessment.

WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Education waived requirements for the 2019-2020 State accountability system during the school closures during the Spring of 2020 knowing that the pandemic would impact the reliability of the results and doing so again would support and affirm that earlier decision; and

 

WHEREAS, assessing students remotely may create barriers for students receiving accommodations, such as, English learners and students with disabilities due to the lack of an in-person proctor to ensure said accommodations are met as outlined in their Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), and therefore, create a disadvantage for these students; and

 

WHEREAS, assessments should be used to inform instruction and improve student learning, with a shorter version of the CAASPP, obtaining a large sample data set to inform instruction and decision-making may not be as reliable for teachers to use in instructional decision-making; and

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the New Haven Teachers Association hereby urges Superintendent Dr. John Thompson, President Sarabit Cheema and the Trustees of the New Haven Board of Education to request a waiver for standardized testing from the U.S. Department of Education in the Spring of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Passed this day February 3, 2021 by the New Haven Teachers Association Representative Council.

 

 

Submitted by;

Joe Ku’e Angeles, President

New Haven Teachers Association

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NHTA President & Staff

The New haven Teachers Association (NHTA) was established to ensure that the rights of the most valuable professionals, teachers, are protected. NHTA is an affiliate of the California Teachers Association (CTA) and the National Education Association (NEA). By being part of the local, state and national conversations of education issues, NHTA is current on all the challenges and changes that impact service in public education.