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Montana Public Schools is asking the federal government to have one standardize test given to students each year to assess their yearly progress.

Montana Public Schools Superintendent, Denise Juneau is asking the federal government to allow the state to give students a new assessment test instead of the older No Child Left Behind test, which has been given to students since 2005.

The No Child Left Behind test is a pen and paper standardized test given to students each year.  This year, the federal government's goal for students is to have 100 percent of students to be proficient in reading and math.  But some schools says that is an unrealistic goal.

Belgrade Schools Curriculum Director Mark Halgren said "For some students who struggle with emotional challenges or who have suffer learning disabilities, it's going to be difficult for them to achieve those targets."

Montana Schools Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau wants to use the assessment testing progress to use a new test called the "Smarter Balance Test."
She says the new testing will comply with their new school standards.

"It would be content that teachers aren't teaching this year and that students aren't learning and so we want to make sure that we're moving forward measuring the standards that the state has rather than old ones," said Juneau.

She says it seems like the perfect time to change up their assessment testing when stating "it seems like a really good year to sort of move forward with the new assessment, work out all the bugs that might need to be worked out, test the technology needs of school."

The Smarter Balance testing would be a computer based testing that would test students ability to use information in different context rather than recall information, and Belgrade Schools is on board.

Halgren says "we feel like it's more closely tied to the standards. We feel like it's more realistic and that it will prepare our students to be more prepared for the job market and more prepared to go on college education."

Halgren says it doesn't make any sense to test students using the old standards.  "Our time would be spent better teaching our students then to accessing them twice because it does take a real time commitment to complete the CRT test," said Halgren.

Juneau hopes to know by November whether or not the Smarter Balance test will be given to students this spring.

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