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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26 2014 1:05 p.m. MST

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Steven S Jarvis
Orem, UT

Losing four more instructional days has a cumulative effect on student performance. When the legislature approved the computer adaptive testing they should have been aware that by doing so it would take away instructional time once the program was fully functional. SAGE is supposed to use two to four testing windows instead of the one window traditionally lost for CRT testing. I say "lost" because the tests never told us anything we didn't already know as teachers. Kids who had made each benchmark unsurprisingly performed well and those who did not were also previously known. SAGE could mean six or eight additional instructional days lost in the coming years once they get the program to work (this year the goal is to test once).

If we were trying to develop competitive educational practices for our children, the state should be looking to add instructional time.

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

Steven Jarvis is completely right. Utah is the only place in the country (or perhaps the world) that thinks less time in school will lead to smarter kids and higher test scores. My kids have a "short day" every Friday...back when I was in school (and we weren't 50th in the world or whatever in math) I don't recall ever having a short day, even the last day before Christmas break.

Highlandmom
American Fork, UT

Instead of the one time technology bonus for technology providers in the State, let's restore the funding cut during the Great Recession. On top of that, schools will loose even more money thanks to Sen. Howard Stephenson's taxation without representation SB 202 forcing districts to send property tax revenue to Charter Schools. Currently Districts must send 25% of per student funding to charter schools and if his latest rob from the district schools to give to the non-mandated few passes it will increase by 2%/year until it is up to 50%. If the Legislature would just fund education and quite meddling otherwise, maybe would could actually see some improvements.

RedShirt
USS Enterprise, UT

Let me get this straight. We hear complaints that teachers don't have time to teach everything, and that test scores are low. So, to fix taht problem we let schools exchange teaching days for prep and training days? What sense does that make?

Can't the teachers get training during one of the many school breaks or during UEA weekends? If the teachers don't have time to correct all of the assignments they are giving out, maybe they should focus more on teaching and less on busy work.

squirt
Taylorsville, ut

RedShirt, the UEA opposes this bill because of the fact that it takes away instructional time. I keep hoping that we will engage in positive solution oriented conversations. Maybe one day...

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