- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The state’s largest teachers union is supporting legislation that would unlink teacher evaluations and student standardized-test results.

Officials from the Connecticut Education Association are expected to present a report Monday to the Education Committee outlining why using results from the Smarter Balanced Assessment test is unfair to teachers.

The link is scheduled to take effect in September.

The union contends the test wasn’t designed to evaluate teachers. It also says it’s unfair to teachers working in schools with high poverty rates and those who teach English language learners and special needs students.

CEA wants to replace the standardized test and says students are suffering under the current system.

The test is administered to students in grades three through eight.

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This story has been corrected to show the teachers union opposes linking teacher evaluations to student standardized-test results.

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