Testing the Test


Former Greeley teacher Don Perl wants to remove the standardized tests out of all classrooms.

CSAP tests have been an ongoing discussion ever since they were first introduced in the late 1990's. The standardized tests measure not only how the child is doing academically but also how well schools are teaching their students. But many teachers feel it's a waste of time. And for many students and parents, like Kevin Cavanaugh, it's becoming a dirty 4-letter word.

"Schools are too worried about how they do in CSAP's rather than how the students are learning and doing well."

Both teachers and students say the issue isn't whether the tests are helpful. It's that too much time and focus are spent preparing for it.

Before the initiative can be put on the November ballot, 68,000 signature must be collected.