The state of Colorado currently spends 23 million dollars per year on the CSAP test. Senate bill 191will (at least) double the number of state mandated assessments that students will be required to take. A conservative estimate of tax money that will be spent on these mandated tests is in excess of 50 million dollars per year (in Colorado alone). To put that dollar amount into perspective, you could pay for nearly 1000 teachers for that same cost.
Regardless of what financial shell game you use, if you have 50 million dollars per year for tests, you have 50 million dollars per year for teachers. Is the “bad teachers” problem so rampant that we need to spend 50 million dollars to solve it? If 1000 teachers are not in the classroom, how will the failing students get the help they really need? Do we pay taxes to help students learn, or help testing companies make handsome profits?