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11th grade SBAC exam to be replaced with SAT

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Reducing the amount of standardized testing for high school juniors will soon become a reality.

Gov. Dannel Malloy announced on Thursday that the U.S Department of Education approved a waiver request that he submitted.

He said he’d been fighting since last fall to win federal approval to replace the eleventh grade Smarter Balance Assessment, or SBAC exam, with the SAT.

Malloy said it was an effort to eliminate duplicative testing, reduce over-testing, mitigate student stress and address parental concerns.

"While exams that test college readiness are essential to helping us gauge where we are as a state and help guide instruction, we are doing our part to mitigate over-testing - a common concern among parents,” Malloy said. “There's a balance to be struck, and we're working to reach it.”

The switch will be in place for the 2015-2016 school year, according to Malloy. It will also be free for all Connecticut students.

"We know individualized teaching and instruction works, and we know that student-by-student data can help,” Malloy continued. “But that doesn't mean we should be overburdening our kids.”

Malloy said that while other governors were slashing education funding and rolling back support for students, Connecticut was booting it.

“And as a result, today graduation rates are at record highs while our children are more prepared for college and careers like never before,” Malloy today.

Under federal law, the state must administer end-of-year tests to all students in Grade 3 through 8 and once in high school. As part of the transition to college and career-ready standards, the state’s high school exam was moved from Grade 10 to 11. 

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