Common Core Opt-Out Filed Introduced in Oregon House

Photo credit: Shaun DD (CC-By-SA 3.0
Photo credit: Shaun DD (CC-By-SA 3.0

HB 2835 was introduced in the Oregon House of Representatives earlier this month and has been referred to the Oregon House Education Committee.  The bill’s chief sponsor is State Representative Carl Wilson (R-Grants Pass).  It has been co-sponsored by State Representative Mark Nearman (R-Dallas) and State Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend).

The bill summary states HB 2835  “prohibits Department of Education from requiring school districts to align instruction or assessments with common core state standards and from penalizing school districts for failure to align instruction or assessments with common core state standards.”

The question remains, as it does with any state using a state-wide assessment aligned with the Common Core, will schools actually opt-out?  I assume the assessments discussed are ones the school district uses for its own purposes, not referring to the statewide assessment required under No Child Left Behind.  Oregon is part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.