District 51 bans together to improve standardized testing for its students

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. It was standing room only at Thursday night's Colorado Standards and Assessments Task Force meeting.

Parents, students, and teachers all made an appearance in the hopes of improving standardized testing practices across the state.

Major complaints about the new test, the Colorado Measure of Academic Success, better known as CMAS, and the incoming PARCC exam involve technology gaps and wasted classroom instruction time in District 51.

According to data compiled from a state mandated summative test survey, 97% of the 300 teachers polled said current standardized testing does not result in increased student achievement.

It's an issue that's even got the students rallying.

“The test that I took today took about two and a half, three hours out of my time, and I have an AP Calculus test in the morning that I got less time to study for,” says senior, Steven Adams.

“It threatens the diversity within the student, the results themselves are inaccurate, and the test scores aren't very valuable to us,” says senior, Nicole Troester.

Feedback from the nine task force meetings across Colorado will be compiled into a recommendation for state legislatures by January 31st of 2015.

The chairman of 1202 Task Force says that changes regarding CMAS testing could been seen as soon as the start of the 2015-2016 school year.

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