What does membership in SBAC require a State to do?
All states in the Consortium have agreed to abide by a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that has been signed by the State’s Commissioner or Superintendent of Education, the Governor, and the President of the State School Board (if applicable). The MOU defines the Consortium’s governance and decision-making processes, describes how States may join or exit the Consortium, and specifies other membership requirements. The USED requires that continued membership in the Consortium is conditional on the following.
To continue after December 31, 2011, a State must have adopt a common core of content standards for English language arts and mathematics; and
To continue as a member after the beginning of the 2014-15 school year a State must agree to use the Consortium’s tests as its federal accountability assessments.
It’s been an interesting summer break for me. Full-fledged “summer” with the soaring temps outside. Not so much of a “break,” though. And that’s ok. Keeping busy keeps me sharp and out of trouble.
Or so I thought.
Let’s back this train up quick, fast, and in a hurry.
About three weeks ago, the Delaware State Education Association sent a request to all local presidents asking for their assistance in writing letters to the unelected and unaccountable State Board of Education to protest three planned regulation changes regarding teacher evaluations. These regulation changes included:
- Reclassifying the “pre-observation form” as the “observation form” and allowing it to be used in conjunction with unannounced observations
- Allow for the use of “short observations” (a.k.a. Walkthroughs) as part of a performance evaluation
- Changing the summative rating of “Needs Improvement” from “Satisfactory” to “Unsatisfactory”.
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National Center for Fair & Open Testing
TO: Journalists Who Cover Education
FROM: Bob Schaeffer, Public Education Director
RE: Testing Resistance & Reform News
DATE: June 24, 2014
What a week!
The impacts of “Testing Resistance & Reform Spring” protests reverberate across the nation with more states suspending testing requirements or pulling out of testing consortia. Bill Gates’ call for a moratorium on some consequences from Common Core exams, quickly implemented by some political allies, reflects another way grassroots power is forcing policy elites to backpedal. To take advantage of this opportunity, parents, educators, students, and community activists need to step up advocacy campaigns to end standardized testing misuse and press for implementation of higher quality performance assessments.
Remember that back issues of these weekly updates are archived at: http://fairtest.org/news — let me know if you want to be added to the regular distribution list
What the Gates Foundation’s…
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The plans were already in place; the required legislative vote was window dressing… But the people spoke.
Able to get to their representatives, they got enough votes to shut down the Smarter Balanced Assessments… Till they got this news, and an order to go back, redo the vote, and make this outcome happen…. Scared like little girls, that is exactly what they did….
Obviously Common Core is dead. This administration doesn’t know it yet…..
Common Core Controversy Clouds Action on Bill
The continuing storm over education standards adopted by most of the nation created controversy in the Delaware General Assembly this week over what initially appeared to be a minor bill.It was never minor, you only think it was or should have been because, like most other EDU bills in your GA, you IGNORED IT.
House Bill 334 seeks to replace the Delaware Comprehensive Assessment System (DCAS), which is the current testing component that every Delaware public school administers. According to Brian Touchette, the Director of the Office of Assessment for the Delaware Department of Education, about 90-percent of the students in grades 3 through 10 take the test three times annually. Or 4 times, or only 2 if they feel like it, check out those rules folks
State Rep.Tim Dukes
State Rep. Tim Dukes, R-Laurel, said he has received a steady stream of complaints from parents, teachers, students and administrators that the DCAS is burdensome, stressful and takes too much time away from classroom instruction. And SBAC will yield lower scores. Just wait and see.
HB 334 would discontinue the DCAS in favor of the Smarter Balanced Assessment System, which would be administered once per year.
The legislation was released by the House Education Committee and cleared the House of Representatives on a vote of 30 to 9. Yep that’s 9 people not buying the bullshit you’re about to buy.
After winning House approval, two conservative citizens groups took issue with the bill because the new assessment system is aligned with Common Core — a controversial set of educational standards they oppose.There are also progressive liberals deeply against the CC$$ circus and its monied interests. Adopted in 43 states, including Delaware, the standards have been a hot-button issue across the country.
One of the groups sent e-mails to each state senator urging them to vote against the bill, in part because it was “one step in the adoption of Common Core in Delaware.”
Delaware adopted Common Core on August 19, 2010 and fully implemented the standards in the 2012-13 school year. So test scores will be GOING up for SURE then, right Republicans?
Lindsay O’Mara, Governor Jack Markell’s Education Advisor, testified in the Senate Thursday that the Smarter Balanced Assessment System was moving forward, regardless of the fate of House Bill 334. We don’t care what you do, we’re doing SBAC no matter what, so screw you and your lawmaking. She indicated that the only thing defeating the bill would accomplish why have a bill then? would be to require schools to administer both assessments next year – the DCAS in the fall and Smarter Balanced in the spring. Responding to questions from senators, Ms. O’Mara noted the tests are incompatible and would be unlikely to provide much useful comparative data.
Prior to Ms. O’Mara’s testimony, the bill failed 8 to 13. Following her
appearancebullying, a second vote was taken on the measure with it clearing the chamber 12 to 9. State Sen. Minority Whip Greg Lavelle, R-Sharpley, was one of the members who reluctantly changed his vote on the legislation.
“We were put in an untenable situation,” no, not we Senator, YOU. Only 4 changed their vote, 9 stood by their convictions are were not swayed by the DOE, the Governor, and his henchwomen Sen. Lavelle said, noting that state education officials did a poor job communicating with legislators on the bill. ya think? “Be that as it may, we were where we were. so you bought the bullshit anyway…because leadership! To not enact the bill, and force our schools to administer a needless assessment, would have been very disruptive and, I believe, would have needlessly wasted money without otherwise changing anything.” Is it too hard to think that maybe the Senate education committee or a Minority whip could actualy ask fucking questions before a vote? My bad…it is too hard in DE.
The bill now moves to Gov. Markell for his signature. LOL, maybe he’ll veto it.
Harry Curriden passed away last Monday. I never met the man in my life, but I was very sad about his death. Why? Because he helped his daughter to advocate for what she deserves, and he helped several other children through advocacy as well. Any person who does that is a hero in my book. The Delaware blogging world lost someone great, and I never knew him. I have been to his family’s blog several times, Parents Of Christina. In fact, I have it on my blog list on this site, and have since day one. I fully intend to read all of his family’s writings, because you never know when you can learn from someone who helped blaze the paths for advocacy in Delaware. His last post was on Father’s Day, a week ago. What a fitting tribute for a man who was the very essence of the word…
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