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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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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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Is the SBAC Illegal to Administer in Idaho?

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Is the SBAC Illegal to Administer in Idaho?

I had to issue some corrections to this post.  They can be found here.   However, the same premise still exists, Idaho is using this test in a manner that is contrary to how it should be used.  The assessment is still not Valid nor Reliable.   A lot has been said about a parent’s right to […]

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Two Small Victories, Please Say Thank You!

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  We have had two small but important victories in the last two days. Yesterday, Representative Harris presented a bill to the Senate Education Committee that would allow all students an alternate route to graduation. As of now, only a select few students are allowed this option, all others must pass a standardized test to […]

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Protect Student Data, Support HCR 3

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 9, 2015 1 Comment

  Representative Lynn Luker is introducing House Concurrent Resolution 3 (HCR 3) in front of the House Education Committee tomorrow morning at 9am. This resolution calls for an audit of the states data collecting mechanisms. The title reads: A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION STATING FINDINGS OF THE LEGISLATURE AND AUTHORIZING THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL TO APPOINT A COMMITTEE […]

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Race to the Tee and the Story of Common Score

Filed in Uncategorized by on February 7, 2015 0 Comments

By Mary Ollie One day Bogie Gates and Arnie Duffer were bored. To pass the time they played a round of golf and  made small talk. Soon the talk turned to ensuring a steady stream of income. Although both were  financially secure the thought of losing even a penny or encountering a tough competitor was […]

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