Arizona schools chief wants new assessment test gone

Arizona schools chief wants new assessment test gone

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona’s new schools chief is calling on the Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey to ditch a new school standards test adopted less than three months ago.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas said in a presentation to a state House committee Wednesday that implementing a new test in less than six months treats students as “guinea pigs to advance an education agenda.”

Douglas called the state of education in Arizona poor and cited the state’s 47th overall ranking in the annual “Education Week” state rankings. She says standards are changed every seven to 10 years, leaving students and teachers exhausted and school districts broke.

She also says the state can’t recruit and retain good teachers.

Douglas is a Republican who campaigned on ending the state’s new Common Core school standards.

 

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