On the verge of being fired, Alabama’s State Superintendent of Education, Michael Sentance, resigned prior to the Alabama State Board’s scheduled meeting.
The Alabama State Board of Education will consider a draft resolution that would rescind the Common Core State Standards by August 1, 2018.
Smith & Love: States should pursue their own course under an administration that in Alabama’s case showed respect for local and state control of education.
Betty Peters: Is the US Department of Education afraid allowing Alabama to choose its assessment would make it stray too far from the federal corral?
Shane Vander Hart: The Trump Administration can give lip service to local control, or they actually can respect it and allow Alabama to proceed with a new test.
Parents and citizens are alarmed by bills currently moving through the Alabama legislature to create a massive warehouse of education and workforce data.
Betty Peters: Michael Sentance gave us a clear outline for his vision of education, modeled on the highly successful reform effort he had been part of in Massachusetts.
Another attempt to repeal the Common Core State Standards in Alabama was met with apathy among some legislators and mocking by a taxpayer-funded lobbyist.
ACT’s Common Core assessment, Aspire, did not receive a glowing endorsement from at least one school superintendent in Alabama. From AL.com: Madison City Schools showed more than 20 percent higher proficiency than the statewide average for the 2015 ACT Aspire assessments, but Superintendent Dr. Dee Fowler didn’t appear enthused when sharing the scores this week. […]
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley issued an executive order related to student data collection that established the state’s longitudinal database system.