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Multiple District’s Refusal Forms

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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

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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),…” implying that all public concerns about Common Core have been adequately addressed. Herein, […]

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No SBAC ANYTHING for your kids!

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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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Peg Luksik’s Idaho Presentation

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Peg Luksik’s Idaho Presentation

Here is the video from our Peg Luksik event the end of January.  Dr. Luksik does a wonderful job using Idaho facts, figures and documents.  Because the slide don’t always come through clearly in the video, we’ve included them below.   Dr. Peg Luksik – CC Idaho

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The Attorney General’s Letter

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 20, 2015 1 Comment

Parents continue to be told they can’t opt out/refuse their children take the SBAC/ISAT2.o.  A letter from the Attorney General is often referenced. Take a moment to read the letter.  What does it actually say?  It is in response to two questions: 1. Can a parent refuse to allow their child to be included in […]

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Support Parents’ Rights

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 18, 2015 0 Comments

With the legislature in session right now, there’s an awful lot to keep up on. Tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. in House State Affairs Committee, Senator Janet Trujillo’s Parents’ Rights Bill will receive a hearing. You can read the text of the bill here: http://legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2015/H0113.pdf Please consider contacting the members of this committee and asking them to support […]

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Why Refuse the SBAC?

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 18, 2015 0 Comments

Why REFUSE the SBAC? • Idaho committed to an agreement through the SBAC consortium that allows any and all personal level data collected by the state, to be accessed by the federal government and limitless third parties. sbac-cooperative-agreement • The test itself is not valid or reliable…Idaho rules of thoroughness state that any test given […]

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