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December/January 2021

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A S E D U C A T O R S C O N T I N U E to go above an d b e y on d to rea ch , t ea ch an d pro t e ct school communities during extraordinar y circumstances, CTA is calling for a waiver on standardized tests that would negatively impact students and be of little use to schools. In c o m m e n t s su b m itt e d t o C a li f o r n i a State Board of Education President Linda Darling- Hammond, CTA President E. Toby Boyd asked state officials to suspend the Cal- ifornia Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in spring 2021. He cited widespread inequities in student access to technology and the internet, as well as concerns about the validity of data gathered during these tests forced online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "CTA recommends that to truly meet Cali- fornia's diverse needs, the state must pursue a waiver from standardized testing. Otherwise, we risk perpetuating the vast inequities in our state," Boyd said, noting that educators don't need assessments to figure out what students need. "e only purpose of statewide assess- ments is to compare results across the state, which does nothing to help A Call to Waive 2021 Assessments CTA, educators say standardized tests would be detrimental to students, of little use to schools By Julian Peeples MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD Visit takeaction and sign our petition asking state education officials to request a federal waiver. Then, visit and sign the petition calling on the federal Department of Education to suspend testing nationwide. 39 D E C E M B E R 2 0 2 0 / J A N U A R Y 2 0 21 Advocacy

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