NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk parents shouldn’t be worried about the upcoming state assessment tests, Superintendent Manny Rivera said Tuesday. Now, snow days — that’s another question.
“Parents have been asking questions,” Rivera said at the Board of Education meeting. “I think there’s some confusion among some folks, needless anxiety. What we really want to do is get out communications about this SBAC (Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium) tests that is going to be administered this spring. We are basically looking at it as a practice test. The only obligation we have from the state is that there be a 95 percent participation.”
The test is part of the transition to Common Core State Standards. Results will not used to evaluate students, he said.
Now that other issue.
“There have been so many snow days that I have lost track,” Rivera said. He said he wasn’t sure but he thought it was five.
The last school day of the year is scheduled to be June 12, a Thursday, he said.
“I am concerned at this point in time that there are already five days and if the weather prediction holds up there could be as many as seven by early next week,” he said. “We may need to revisit how we make up days.”