Florida to pay Utah $5.4M for Common Core test rental

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  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 9, 2014 11:16 p.m.

    Businesses seeking highly skilled workers from overseas took less than a week to snap up all 85,000 visas available for next year---Associated Press, April 7, 2014

    Doesn't speak well for American education, and its highest funding in history. More teaching, and less testing.

    Let teachers, administrators, and parents run the schools.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    April 8, 2014 10:19 p.m.

    One needs to look at the amount of instructional (class) time is needed to do all these tests. If we want our students to learn more stuff, they need to be taught more stuff and not spend several days a year doing standardized testing.

  • FreedomFighter41 Provo, UT
    April 8, 2014 2:57 p.m.


    Hilarious to read republican players complaining about standardized testing. Guess who sponsored and passed state standardized testing? I'll give you a hint, it wasn't the handful of democrats in our legislature...

  • Highlandmom American Fork, UT
    April 8, 2014 2:17 p.m.

    Utah would have had SAGE regardless of whether or not the State had adopted Common Core as Utah State Standards. For all of you opposed to standardized testing, please lobby your State Legislators to change the situation. It is they who have mandated end-of-year-testing as an accountability measure of the worth of our teachers as part of their ultra-conservative agenda to show that our public schools are failing and are in need of privatization. Sen. Stephenson is the champion of high stakes standardized test and he sponsored the computer-adapted testing legislation that mandated and created SAGE.

  • RedShirtCalTech Pasedena, CA
    April 8, 2014 1:35 p.m.

    I had to chuckle when they said that the test is not part of Common Core just a few paragraphs after stating that the test is designed to show how Utah aligns with Common Core.

    Which is it? Do we have Common Core standards or not? Based on this article, I would say Yes, Utah has Common Core standards and no matter what they rename them they are Common Core standards.

  • Steve Cottrell Centerville, UT
    April 8, 2014 1:03 p.m.

    The cost per test question is not given in the article. The price to replace a question and integrate it into the computer administered material so that the use of that question is determined by the student response to prior questions may well cost the $5000 per question.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 8, 2014 11:41 a.m.

    If all these standardized testing promotes good learning.

    Why are we giving out tens of thousands visas per year for highly skilled workers of other countries?

  • Steven S Jarvis Orem, UT
    April 8, 2014 7:38 a.m.

    If they want a steep discount on that 5K per test question, I will do it for $50 per test question and likely do it better than what they currently have. The amount of money they are wasting to generate one question is staggering. Knowing we as teachers will not have any information about how are students have done for this first year as they "determine" validity makes the whole process a waste of time.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    April 7, 2014 10:19 p.m.

    See! It's not the lack of funding which causes low teachers pay.

    It's the obsession of standardized testing, assessments, and accountability.

    Non of these have improved learning. Poverty,and dependency has increased.

    If standardized testing, assessments, and accountability worked, we would have a nation of geniuses.