School of Education dean available to discuss SBAC tests

Kevin Basmadjian

Kevin Basmadjian, dean of the School of Education, is a critic of standardized testing, including the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which begins being administered today in grades three through eight in Connecticut. He is available to comment.

"Our nation's obsession with standardized test scores will not solve the problems of poverty, homelessness, and the dangerously high levels of emotional and psychological stress experienced by low-income students," Basmadjian wrote in the Feb. 24 Hartford Courant op-ed, "Stop Blaming Teachers And Relying On Tests." 

"They put our country at great risk intellectually as well as economically," Basmadjian wrote. "As educational researcher Yong Zhao writes, countries with which we are often compared - such as Singapore, Japan and South Korea - are moving away from a focus on testing in their public schools. Why? Because they have learned from the history of the United States that a great education and nation is one that rewards creativity, originality, imagination and innovation."

If you're interested in speaking to Basmadjian, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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