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Call Congress TODAY!!!

Filed in Uncategorized by on July 6, 2015 0 Comments
Call Congress TODAY!!!

I have been out of town so I am late in posting this.  Please take a moment to call Representatives Labrador and Simpson, tell them to please vote no on this legislation.  TODAY!!! While you’re at it, you can use the same phone number to contact Senators Risch and Crapo.  Ask them to vote no […]

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Free Market Education Is Not What Charter Schools Offer

Filed in Uncategorized by on May 12, 2015 0 Comments

Many people see charter schools as the answer to many of the ills our public school system faces.  They’ve been promoted and upheld as filling the need for parental choice in education. Before I begin, I feel the need to give you a little of my background regarding charters.  In the recent past, I was […]

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Bullying Tactics

Filed in Uncategorized by on May 7, 2015 1 Comment

By Stacey Knudsen The SBAC (ISAT 2.0) testing is upon us!  Parents tried very hard with the help of Representative Nate to get a bill, similar to other states that would have allowed us to opt-out of this test.  This bill did not even receive a fair hearing.  It was blocked in two different committees […]

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The Common Core Conspiracy

Filed in Uncategorized by on May 4, 2015 1 Comment
The Common Core Conspiracy

Opponents of Common Core get called a lot of names, most of which can be distilled down to one idea; conspiracy theorists.  Legislators, newspaper articles, even friends, neighbors and family members have been known to poke fun at grassroots activists.  However, there’s a problem when we have the documentation to back up the conspiracy.  Suddenly the theory becomes […]

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No Validity or Reliability = No Assessment!

Filed in Uncategorized by on April 17, 2015 1 Comment
No Validity or Reliability = No Assessment!

Parents across the state are being told that they have no ability to refuse the SBAC (ISAT 2.0) assessment for their child.  School districts and the State Dept. of Education persistently point out that, as a state, we are required to test 95% of the student population per No Child Left Behind and our No […]

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Validity and Reliability Correction

Filed in Uncategorized by on April 9, 2015 5 Comments
Validity and Reliability Correction

I was wrong! I don’t know if even this bold confession will please some people, but I made a mistake and I need to correct it. From IDAPA page 24: Any assessment used for federal reporting shall be independently reviewed for reliability, validity, and alignment with the Idaho Content Standards. In February, I wrote a […]

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The $10Million Question

Filed in Uncategorized by on April 2, 2015 1 Comment

Now that testing season has begun there are a lot of threats going around about what is going to happen if Idaho doesn’t reach the 95% testing requirement in No Child Left Behind and the NCBL Waiver.  When I asked some very pointed questions to the State Department of Education I received this reply, “If you are […]

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IACI Tirade and Common Core

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 30, 2015 1 Comment

Take a minute to think about the profanity-laced, vulgar tirade that took place in the leaked email by IACI president LaBeau the end of February.  It was so foul that I’m not even going to link directly to it.  You’ll have to go to the article and the link to it from there if you […]

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Illegal to Refuse? Why Does the SDE Say You Can?

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 28, 2015 4 Comments
Illegal to Refuse? Why Does the SDE Say You Can?

SBAC/ISAT 2.0 testing begins on Monday for all Idaho teachers and students.  As parents from across the state attempt to exempt their children from the test, they are being told that it’s illegal to refuse to take it.  If it’s illegal to refuse, why does the SDE say you can?  In fact, two separate Idaho documents list parent refusal as a […]

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Multiple District’s Refusal Forms

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 27, 2015 2 Comments
Multiple District’s Refusal Forms

Their words, not mine.  Opt out.  I usually try to use the word refuse, but when a district has a form that says “Opt Out”  I figure it’s safe to use. Attached are different forms from three school districts. It’s well know that Madison School District has opted out from taking the SBAC.  This form was used last year.  Fortunately for students, parents […]

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