No Surprise, West Virginia Senate to Consider Weaker Common Core Bill

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The West Virginia Senate Education Committee took up HB 4014 and made it weaker. It’s *just* like the House bill which I already had some concerns about the House version.

The Senate version:

  • Does not delay the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • It will throw the review of the science standards in with the review of the Common Core Math and ELA standards.
  • It does remove West Virginia from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

It appears that it does keep the rest of the assessment language which includes:

  • Rescinds the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)  with the CCSSO and NGA
  • Prohibits the State Board of Ed  from adopting or using Common Core aligned tests
  • Orders the State Board of Ed to review their state summative testing scheme
  • Grants parents the ability to opt their child out of testing
  • Prohibits the ‘discipline, punishment, or grade reduction’ of any student who opts out
  • Testing can’t take more than 2% of a student’s yearly instruction time (HT: A.P. Dillon)

So there is a silver lining.