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No Validity or Reliability = No Assessment!

Filed in Uncategorized by on April 17, 2015 0 Comments
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 4 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 3 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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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 ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve overcome most of the resistance to (Common Core),…‚ÄĚ implying that all public concerns about Common Core have 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, ‚ÄúPay for Success,‚ÄĚ is sponsored by Sen. Bob Nonini. The bill would let Idaho‚Äôs education department contract with private companies for education programs and then pay once the programs are shown to work. The phrase ‚ÄúPay for Success‚ÄĚ seemed familiar, so I turned to Google, […]

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