The Idaho Business Alliance, a group of conservative businessmen, is planning to sue the state of Idaho over the state’s involvement with Smarter Balanced.
Washington State Senators introduce a bill, SB 6030, that would effectively withdraw the State of Washington from the Common Core and Smarter Balanced.
The North Dakota House is considering a bill, HB 1461, that would withdraw the state from Smarter Balanced and repeal the Common Core State Standards.
Education Week reported that state universities in Washington will use Smarter Balanced Assessment for 11th graders in their course placement decisions. The announcement is significant because it puts teeth into the most pivotal claim of the common-core initiative: that a “college ready” score on consortium tests means a student is prepared to perform well in […]
Gretchen Logue and Anne Gassel of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core have joined Fred N. Sauer in filing a taxpayer lawsuit against Governor Nixon, Commissioner Nicastro, and other state officials. The lawsuit challenges Missouri’s payment of taxpayer money to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, a consortium of states that is implementing tests aligned to […]
We have now seen at least three distinct styles of rebranding of the Common Core State Standards. There may be other styles as well as variations of one or more of these styles. You will likely recognize at least one, if not all three of these styles. It is possible your state matches one of […]
Education Week reports that the American Institute for Research suffered a data breach earlier this month: After one of the organization’s servers was hacked, the sensitive personal information of as many as 6,500 current and former employees, including Social Security numbers and personal credit card information, was compromised, an AIR spokesman confirmed during an interview […]
By Shane Vander Hart The Casper Star Tribune released a document they received indicating that Wyoming would not receive an ESEA waiver. In a memo from the Wyoming Department of Education that was sent to local school administration they outline several of the reasons: Several challenges prevent Wyoming’s waiver approval. One is the state’s inability […]
This is a little anticlimactic, especially after reporting that the South Carolina Department of Education was taking steps to pull out of Smarter Balanced earlier this month. I’m a little late to the party updating this story, but last week The Post and Courier reported that South Carolina Superintendent of Education informed the State Board […]
Thursday afternoon District Superintendents in South Carolina Public Schools received a memo from Dr. Nancy Busbee, the Deputy Superintendent in the Accountability Department at the South Carolina Department of Education. She said that the department is taking steps to withdraw from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. School districts are to suspend any Smarter Balanced Assessment […]