Unintended consequence: SBAC prep class instead of French
- Author: Anonymous, Parent
- State: VT
- Test: Smarter Balanced - pilot
- Date: July 29 at 1:44 pm ET
Next year my son will have a new computer class that will, in part, make sure he and his classmates are prepared to execute the SBAC. Time is made available in the day for this because of the elimination of foreign language study for grades 5 and 6 due to budget pressures. The school budget cut the French teacher but increased the hours of the Technology Integration specialist. My son had French in 5th grade, will not have French in 6th grade, and will pick it up again in 7th grade. During the time period that had been French, he and his classmates will learn to navigate the SBAC: how to block, highlight, and drag text, how to open up SBAC built-in tools and choose among them (UDL tools). It was not an intended consequence by the test developers, but this is what is happening. Valuable instructional time will be spent learning SBAC. Some say these are great computer skills for college and career. I don’t think SBAC will be a program used in college or career, and believe that the computer skills he is getting through everyday instructional practice serve that end more directly. I would rather his brain be wired for a foreign language… or, say, art.