CSAP and Educational Accountability

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Coming up next spring is the fourth annual Colorado Student Assessment Program (commonly referred to as CSAP) exams, which test students on standards-based criteria in math, science, reading and writing. Highly publicized and widely debated, the CSAP has not exactly been taking the back seat to other educational issues. In fact, it is has been and still remains the educational issue in the state, dividing teachers, administrators, state legislators and even the governor as to …

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…students are graded, to the consequences and rewards that befall schools as a result of the exams. Gov. Owens’ plan to increase teacher accountability to students is causing more uproar, uneasiness and stress than effective teaching. The CSAP is not the answer to educational reform efforts within the state, and it can only be hoped another plan is thought of and adopted before the consequences are too much for us to go back and remedy.