Walkers plan to eliminate Badger Exam dismays school leaders

As Wisconsin schools prepare to give new standardized tests this spring, teachers and administrators say the time, effort and money they’re putting into the exams may be pointless.

That’s because Gov. Scott Walker has called for scrapping the new tests next year before school officials can analyze the results.

The Smarter Balanced test, also known as The Badger Exam, is linked to the Common Core State Standards.

It will test students in grades 3-8 in math and English.

It will replace the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam, but Walker is critical of the Common Core.

News-Herald Media reports that Walker’s intention to abandon the new tests has been met with confusion and dismay by school officials who have spent the past couple years getting prepared for the switch.

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