Tag: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium

South Carolina Taking Steps to Withdraw from Smarter Balanced

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South Carolina Taking Steps to Withdraw from Smarter Balanced

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 […]

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Florida’s New Testing Contractor Has Ties to Smarter Balanced, PARCC

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Florida’s New Testing Contractor Has Ties to Smarter Balanced, PARCC

Yesterday Florida Education Commissioner Pam Stewart announced that Florida would be working with the American Institutes for Research to replace the FCAT.  Florida had pulled out of PARCC as the fiscal agent, and there was discussion in the state of still implementing the assessment in Florida. Instead they chose AIR. I did a quick search […]

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Sandra Stotsky on Common Core Assessments

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Sandra Stotsky on Common Core Assessments

Massachusetts is telling their parents that they can not opt their students out from the PARCC assessments that are being field tested this year.  They are treating them the same as MCAS which are considered mandatory under state law. Dr. Sandra Stotsky, who served as a Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education […]

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The Testing Opt-Out Option is on the Rise

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The Testing Opt-Out Option is on the Rise

Here is an interesting article at Education Week: The latest bit of evidence suggesting this showed up yesterday in Massachusetts. The WorcesterTelegram & Gazette reports that some parents want their children to sit out the PARCC field tests, which are scheduled to begin next month. Some members of the local school committee think district policy […]

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Wyoming House Rejects Common Core

Wyoming House Rejects Common Core

The Wyoming House allowed the introduction of HB 97 on a 47-13 vote.  This is significant because they are currently in an appropriations session.  Any non-appropriations bill needs a 2/3 majority vote in order to be introduced during these short 20-day sessions. This bill introduced by State Representative Tom Reeder (R-Casper) is, in my opinion, […]

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Common Core Bills Filed in Iowa House

Common Core Bills Filed in Iowa House

Originally posted at Iowans for Local Control. State Representative Tedd Gassman (R-Scarville) introduced a bill, HF 2141, that directs the Iowa Department of Education to pull out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.  It has been cosponsored by State Representatives Sandy Salmon (R-Denver), Dwayne Alons (R-Hull), Larry Sheets (R-Moulton), Greg Heartsill (R-Columbia), Dave Maxwell (R-Gibson), […]

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Numerous Common Core Bills Filed in New Hampshire House

Numerous Common Core Bills Filed in New Hampshire House

There have been several Common Core bills filed in the New Hampshire House that have been assigned to the House Education Committee. HB 1239 – This is a delay bill.  This bill requires the state board of education to report on the fiscal impact of implementing the college and career readiness standards, also known as […]

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What States Have Pulled Out of their Common Core Assessment Consortium?

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What States Have Pulled Out of their Common Core Assessment Consortium?

We wanted to provide a complete list in one location of all the states that have pulled out of either Smarter Balanced or PARCC, as well as, states that are considering it. States that have pulled out of their Assessment Consortium: Utah (Smarter Balanced) – http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile/54627081-68/utah-state-standards-consortium.html.csp Oklahoma (PARCC) – http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-assessments/oklahoma-pulls-out-of-parcc/ (the Tulsa World article is […]

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Alaska Pulls Out of Smarter Balanced

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Alaska Pulls Out of Smarter Balanced

The Fairbanks News-Miner reports that the Alaska State Department of Education and Early Development announced the state was pulling out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.  Alaska was an advisory state, not a governing member of the consortium that has seen a number of states leave. Alaska announced its plan Tuesday to pull out of […]

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Schopp’s Not So Subtle Threat Towards SD Parents Wanting to Opt-Out of Smarter Balanced

Schopp’s Not So Subtle Threat Towards SD Parents Wanting to Opt-Out of Smarter Balanced

A mother whose child attended school in the Tri Valley School District in Colton, SD asked her school district about opting out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Her school district contacted the South Dakota Department of Education regarding her request.  Below is the response from South Dakota Secretary of Education Dr. Melody Schopp. In a […]

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