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The $10Million Question

Filed in Uncategorized by on April 2, 2015 0 Comments

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 by 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 […]

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

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 28, 2015 3 Comments
Illegal to Refuse? Why Does the SDE Say You Can?

SBAC/ISAT 2.0 testing begins on Monday for Idaho teachers and students.  As parents from across the state try to have their children refuse the test, they are being told that it’s illegal to not take the test.  If it’s illegal to refuse, why does the SDE say you can?  In fact, two separate Idaho documents list parent refusal as a reason that […]

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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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Show Me in Writing

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 26, 2015 1 Comment
Show Me in Writing

Yesterday Idaho Ed News posted an article fretting about what could happen because Madison School District made the choice to use the MAP test rather than the SBAC as the assessment vehicle for testing this spring. The concern expressed is since Madison is refusing the SBAC Idaho’s test participation percentage will fall to 98% of […]

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Common Core, Citizen Resolution

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 13, 2015 2 Comments

March 12, 2015 Dear Governor Otter and Honorable Members of the Idaho House and Senate: In a recent news article appearing in the Idaho Education News, you, Governor Otter, were quoted as saying “We’ve overcome most of the resistance to (Common Core),…” indicating that all public concerns about Common Core had been adequately addressed. Herein, […]

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No SBAC ANYTHING for your kids!

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 12, 2015 0 Comments
No SBAC ANYTHING for your kids!

Why would I be reposting a blog from the Missouri about a story from California?  Because it may have relevance to your children.  Idaho has contracted with the same company California did to administer the SBAC.   Warning!!! When they say graphic pics, they mean it.  I would not look at this post or click on the links […]

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Pay for Success

Filed in Uncategorized by on March 10, 2015 0 Comments

Originally printed in the Idaho Press Tribune House Bill 170, “Pay for Success,” is sponsored by Sen. Bob Nonini. The bill would let Idaho’s education department contract with private companies for education programs and then pay once the programs are shown to work. The phrase “Pay for Success” seemed familiar, so I turned to Google, […]

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Teacher Career Ladder, One Teachers Take

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Teacher Career Ladder, One Teachers Take

Sometimes we hear so much about the standards, assessments and data collecting that I think we forget there are two more pillars involved in the Common Core reform package.   The third pillar is  Teacher Accountability Measures.  It’s right there along with the other three pillars in all our major documents:  The State Fiscal Stabilization Fund, Race to […]

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Parental Rights and Other Important Legislation

Parental Rights and Other Important Legislation

The Legislature has now been in session for almost two months.  There have been a few ups but mostly a lot of downs.  Legislators are telling us they’re not hearing from many parents and aren’t feeling a lot of urgency to move forward to eliminate Common Core and its associated programs. Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (& the […]

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