Rhode Island Introduces a New Assessment

Back in April, Rhode Island decided to dump PARCC. They partnered with Massachusetts to develop their new assessment to be administered in May that will be shorter than what students took last week.

WPRI Channel 12 previewed the new assessment:

When Rhode Island public school students begin taking their standardized test in May, they’ll be staring at an exam that looks similar to the one they’ve been taking for the last three years.

But the new Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System (RICAS) will be about 85 minutes shorter per grade than the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test, according to Mary Ann Snider, the deputy commissioner for teaching and learning at the R.I. Department of Education.

With more than half of the 24 states that initially planned to use the PARCC backing away from it in recent years, Snider said Rhode Island thought it would be wise to partner with Massachusetts, which first developed the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) in 1993.

The MCAS has evolved over the years and will now include elements of the PARCC exam, but Snider said Massachusetts has a “proven assessment system.” She noted that Rhode Island has long partnered with other states on standardized exams, including the the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) and the PARCC.

I’m not certain if, like Massachusetts, Rhode Island’s assessment will be a MCAS-PARCC hybrid. I’m doubtful as the state withdrew from PARCC as a member, but, again, I’m not certain. PARCC’s membership has dwindled to Colorado, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New Mexico.

I will emphasize that their assessment is still Common Core-aligned.

Rhode Island Rejects PARCC for PARCC Hybrid


Rhode Island is ditching PARCC.

The Providence Journal reports:

Rhode Island is abandoning a controversial standardized test called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career for the exam that Massachusetts has successfully used for nearly 20 years.

Rep. Gregg Amore, D-East Providence, chairman of the House Finance Committee’s education subcommittee, confirmed Thursday that the Rhode Island Department of Education has decided to adopt the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), which the Bay State administers to measure student achievement.

In high school, 10th graders will take the popular SAT or PSAT. Many states have adopted the college entrance exams in high school because they are well-respected by students, parents and teachers and because they are widely used as part of the college admissions process.

First, they are still using PARCC; this test is a hybrid of the old MCAS and PARCC. I posted on this when Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester made the following recommendations.

  • Award a new MCAS contract to include a next-generation assessment for English language arts and math using both PARCC items and items specific to Massachusetts;
  • Commit to computer-based state assessments with the goal of implementing this statewide by spring 2019;
  • Remain a member of the PARCC consortium to have access to high-quality assessment development while sharing costs with other states and to be able to compare next-generation MCAS results with those of other states’ assessments; and
  • Convene groups of K-12 teachers, higher education faculty and assessment experts to advise ESE on the content, length and scheduling of statewide tests; testing policies for students with disabilities and for English language learners; the requirements for the high school competency determination (currently the 10th grade MCAS); and the timeline for reinstating a history and social science test.

MCAS 2.0 is not the quality pre-2011 MCAS that was part of reforms that led to Massachusetts leading the nation in K-12 education. Until Rhode Island abandons Common Core, they will never have a quality assessment. The Every Student Succeeds Act requires alignment between a state’s assessment and academic standards.

I also wouldn’t get excited about the new requirement for 10th graders to take the new Common Core-aligned SAT and PSAT.

Rhode Island Science Scores Drop After Next Generation Science Standards

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The Providence Journal reported this week that only three in 10 Rhode Island students were considered proficient in science despite adopting the Next Generation Science Standards three years ago.

Now you would think this would prompt calls for a  review of the standards, but you would think wrong. No, it’s the test’s fault.

No school district and no groups of students made significant improvements in science in 2016, according to the Rhode Island Department of Education. In fact, this year’s results continue a four-year decline in science proficiency.

Meanwhile, the achievement gaps between white and minority students, middle-class students and those from low-income families are wider today than they were in 2008, when the science portion of the New England Common Assessment Program was introduced.

“First, you can’t ignore the results,” said state education Commissioner Ken Wagner. “We have to do better. These results call for urgency.”

The disappointing test results arrive at a time when Governor Raimondo has turned computer science into the centerpiece of her K-12 education reform plans. Last year, she announced an initiative to bring computer science to every school by December 2017. On Wednesday, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President Fred Humphries will join Raimondo during a coding class at Central Falls High School.

Wagner said there is a reason for the poor showing. In 2013, Rhode Island adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, developed by a consortium of 26 states and several science-education groups, which ask students to think like a scientist and call for more hands-on, investigative work. But the NECAP is much more focused on subject matter, so the test no longer reflects what students are learning in the classroom.

“There is a mismatch between our test and our new standards,” Wagner said Tuesday.

So the NECAP actually expects a mastery of the subject matter and the Next Generation Science Standards calls for kids to “think like a scientist.” Don’t they actually have to have content, knowledge and facts in order develop that kind of thinking?

The fallacy with Next Generation Science Standards, as well as, Common Core is they believe students can be taught to think critically without actually having knowledge to back this up. Learning skills doesn’t do any good if there isn’t foundational knowledge.

But yeah, go ahead and blame the assessment.

Apparently Rhode Island Doesn’t Like PARCC’s ELA High School Assessment

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Rhode Island just made one of the more convoluted decisions I’ve seen made related to a Common Core Assessments. Illinois said no PARCC for high school students, and are doing the SAT instead. Other states have made similar decisions if they didn’t dump PARCC or Smarter Balanced altogether.

Rhode Island they said 3rd – 9th graders still have to take PARCC. 10th and 11th graders will not have to take the PARCC ELA assessment, but everyone has to take the math.  10th and 11th graders have the option of taking the PSAT or SAT although it is not required.

The Providence Journal reports:

A decision by state Education Commissioner Ken Wagner will spare 10th graders in Rhode Island public schools from having to take the standardized English test known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

Students in grades 3 through 9 will still be required to take the PARCC.

But high school students will have to take the math PARCC test, typically Algebra I, at some point in high school, Wagner said in a conversation Saturday. (Some students take Algebra I after ninth grade.)

Wagner said the new rules reflect a widespread concern among parents and teachers that the state was over-testing its high school students, who have been taking standardized tests in grades 9 and 10 in addition to the college-readiness exams, known as SATs and PSATs.

It also recognizes that Governor Raimondo included money in her 2017 budget to provide students with free SATs and PSATs as a way to encourage more students to apply to college.

In the future, Wagner said that he would like to use a combination of the PARCC and a college-readiness test like the SAT as part of Rhode Island’s high school graduation requirements. But that calls for a deeper conversation with the Council on Elementary and Secondary Education.

I’m not sure what makes the PARCC math assessment so glorious in the eyes of Commissioner Wagner because it isn’t. Also, how can he indicate he is listening to parental concerns about over-testing, and then turn around and say he wants to make a hybrid PARCC-college readiness test a requirement for high school graduation? Using PARCC in this way went over like a lead balloon in New Jersey. Does he really think parents will go for that?

He probably doesn’t care.

Cyber Attacks, Another Problem for Online Testing and Data Storage

Photo credit: Bartmoni (CC-By-SA 3.0)

Photo credit: Bartmoni (CC-By-SA 3.0)

Some news out of Rhode Island caught my eye today. A school has to put off its PARCC testing because of a cyber attack they experienced.

WPRI Channel 12 reports:

Warwick school officials said a cyber attack has led them to postpone a standardized test for the second straight day in two city high schools.

In an email and robocall to parents, the school department said the cyber attack targeted the computer networks at both Pilgrim and Toll Gate High Schools.

They were also postponing testing today so they could further secure their networks.

You don’t have this issue with paper tests. Also any school or state that stores their student data online puts that data at risk.

Thousands Opt-Out of PARCC in Rhode Island

rhode-island-state-flagWPRI Channel 12 reports that thousands to students opted out of PARCC in Rhode Island last week.

At least 3,000 elementary, middle and high school students throughout Rhode Island did not join their classmates in taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam beginning in March, with Burrillville posting the largest rate of district-wide opt-outs, at 37%.

Scituate, Westerly, North Smithfield, Central Falls and Little Compton all saw at least 10% of eligible students fail to take the PARCC exam, according to an Eyewitness News review of participation data in 27 of Rhode Island’s 36 school districts….

… The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) estimates that about 80,000 students across the state took the exam – Middletown, Coventry and Barrington each had 99% participation rates – but the department did not require school districts to report the number of children who didn’t participate, according to spokesman Elliot Krieger.

Krieger said PARCC opt-out rates will be reviewed when test scores are reported in the fall. But the lack of guidance from the state around students refusing to take the exam has been a source of frustration for some school leaders, according to Kathy Sipala, the president of the Rhode Island School Superintendents’ Association.

“The fact that there is no law that says parents can refuse their participation, but there is also no law that says they can opt out, that contradiction is hard,” Sipala, who also heads up the Narragansett School Department, told Eyewitness News.

Read more.

2014 Common Core Legislation Round-Up (12th Update)

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Here’s the latest round of Common Core legislation that has been filed.  There’s too many to do individual articles so I wanted to get caught up and mention them in one article.  As a recap I’ll also mention bills I’ve already written about.  I’m sure I’m also missing legislation, my apologies if I miss your state.  Taking in Common Core news (and my inbox) is like drinking from a fire hose.  If I missed something leave a comment and I will add it – this is a work in progress.  Also if you have an update on the status of a certain bill I’d love to hear from you as well. Disclaimer: This is not meant to endorse one particular bill over an other.  Sometimes state groups have given me feedback.  I definitely do not want to big foot over what state groups are doing.  There are bills, such as a data collection bill in Colorado, that have a negative impact and we called that out.  Most of these bills, in some form or fashion, attempt to move the ball forward even if they are not the gold standard of a full repeal.  I encourage you to do your own research.

Alabama:

  • SB 380: Introduced by State Senator Scott Beason (R-Gardendale) – Common Core Curriculum Standards, terminated, prior courses of study to be implemented. Will the State Senate dictator, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, allow it to come to a vote however? (3/27/14 Update – Still sitting in committee, no action on this bill since 2/20/14.  Beason still has 14 co-sponsors on this bill.)

Arizona:

  • SB 1121: Primary sponsors: State Senators Kelli Ward (R-Lake Havasu City), Judy Burges (R-Sun City West), Sonny Borrelli (R-Lake Havasu City) This bill would place a moratorium on the requirement to pass a standardized test to graduate High School for 3 years (during the 2014‑2015 school year, the 2015‑2016 school year or the 2016‑2017) (3/27/14 Update: Senate Education Committee held this bill on 2/20/14, so it’s likely going nowhere.)
  • SB 1153: Primary sponsors: State Senators Ward and Burges.  This bill outlines the process for the State Board of Education’s implementation of Common Core:
    1) Public hearings must be held in each congressional district;
    2) A third party must be hired to conduct a fiscal analysis of implementation;
    3) Directs the State to withdraw from PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers);
    4) The State Board of Education cannot “enter into or renew an agreement that cedes to an outside entity control over curricular standards or assessments in this state.” (3/27/14 Update: Still no action on this bill.)
  • SB 1095: Primary sponsors: State Senators Chester Crandell (R-Heber), Ward, Carl Seel (R-Phoenix), and Bob Thorpe (R-Flagstaff). This bill would force the withdrawal from PARCC, and prevent the state from entering into an agreement, without notification to the Legislature, with any outside entity developing multi-state or potentially multi-state assessments and tests. (3/27/14 Update: Held in Senate Education Committee 2/20/14.)
  • HB 2316: Primary sponsors: State Representatives Justin Pierce (R-Mesa) and Thomas Forese (R-Gilbert).  This bill would prohibit the State Board of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction from adopting federally-mandated curricula or instructional approaches, prohibit federal funding, which requires the adoption of certain federal standards, and require any changes made to state standards to be conducted in public process. (3/27/10 Update: Passed in the Arizona House on a 33 to 22 vote on 3/10/14, passed out of Arizona Senate Education Committee on 3/20/14 amended.)
  • SB 1310: Primary sponsor: State Senator Al Melvin (R-Tucson). This bill would prevent the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, prevents revisions to standards that would effectively implement Common Core State  Standards, withdraws Arizona from PARCC, and adopts a college entrance exam to be the statewide HS assessment. (3/18/14 Update: FAILED. My update last week said that this passed that was due to a news article I read.  It didn’t reference the bill number only that State Senator Melvin was the sponsor, and this was the only Common Core bill that I had listed where he was the sponsor.  The bill summary, however, said this failed in the Senate with a 12 to 18 vote on 3/5/14.  Maybe the news article was referring to a different bill or perhaps they meant a committee vote?  Anyway, my apologies for the error.)

Arkansas:

  • HR 1007: Introduced by State Representative Randy Alexander (R-Fayettevile) – To authorize the introduction of a nonapropriation bill concerning delaying the implementation of the Common Core; and to declare an emergency. (3/27/14 Update: Died in House Committee at Sine Die adjournment on 3/19/14.)
  • SR 4: Introduced by State Senator Gary Stubblefield (R-Branch) – companion bill to HR 1007.  (3/27/14 Update: Died on Senate Calendar at Sine Die adjournment on 3/19/14.)

Colorado:

  • SB 14-136: This bill introduced by State Senator Vicki Marble (R-Ft. Collins) intends to push back the implementation of Common Core State Standards in Colorado schools to the 2015-16 school year in order to study its effects. Under the terms of the bill, schools would continue to use the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) for one more year instead of testing from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). (3/27/14 Update: Postponed indefinitely by Senate Committee on Education on 2/13/14.)
  • HB 14-1039: Introduced by State Representative Sue Schafer (D-Wheat Ridge) – This bill will link early childhood data with K-12 (horrible bill, it needs to be killed). (3/27/14 Update: No action in House Committee on Education since it was assigned.)

Connecticut:

  • SB 53: Introduced by State Senator Joe Markley (R-Southington)- This bill would cut funding to the advertising budget of the State Department of Education that was to be used for the promotion of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. (3/27/14 Update: No action taken yet.)

Florida:

  • PCB KTS 14-01: This bill just removes references to the Common Core State Standards, it’s a garbage bill sponsored by the Florida House K-12 subcommittee.  See Karen Effrem’s analysis here.
  • HB 25: Introduced by State Representative Debbie Mayfield (R-Vero Beach) – Prohibits State Board of Education from continuing to implement common core standards until certain requirements are met; provides requirements for adoption or revision of curricular standards; requires state to withdraw from PARCC; prohibits state from implementing certain assessments & requires state to adopt & implement new assessments; prohibits state board from entering into certain agreements. (Currently in the House Education Appropriations Subcommittee.)
  • SB 1316: The Senate companion bill for HB 25 introduced by State Senator Greg Evers (R-Pensacola) (3/27/14 Update: Referred to Senate Education Appropriations Subcommitttee on 3/4/14.)
  • CS/HB 195: Introduced by State Representative Jake Raburn (R-Valrico) – Revises provisions relating to remedy in circuit court with respect to education records & reports of K-12 students & parents; provides for annual notice of student & parent rights; provides limitations on collection of information & disclosure of confidential & exempt student records; revises provisions relating to submission of student social security numbers & assignment of student identification numbers. (3/27/14 Update: Passed the Florida House on 3/6/14.)
  • CS/SB 188: Introduced by State Senator Dorothy Hukill (R-Port Orange) – Providing for annual notice to K-12 students and parents of rights relating to education records; providing limitations on the collection of information and the disclosure of confidential and exempt student records; revising provisions relating to the submission of student social security numbers and the assignment of student identification numbers; requiring the Department of Education to establish a process for assigning student identification numbers, etc. (3/27/14 Update: Passed in the Florida Senate on 3/26/14 on a 38 to 1 vote.)
  • SB 232: Introduced by State Senator Hukill – Prohibiting a school district or school from collecting a student’s biometric information, etc. (There are some FERPA loopholes here). (3/27/14 Update: No action in Judiciary, Education committees.)
  • SB 864:  Introduced by State Senator Alan Hays (R-Umatilla) – Providing that the district school board has the constitutional duty and responsibility to select and provide adequate instructional materials for all students; requiring a district school board or consortium of school districts to implement an instructional materials program; repealing provisions relating to bids, proposals, and advertisement regarding the adoption of instructional materials; requiring the district school board, rather than the commissioner, to conduct an independent investigation to determine the accuracy of district-adopted instructional materials, etc.  (This bill does require curriculum to be aligned with Florida standards so it’s not really effective).  This bill still needs a House companion bill.  Stop Common Core advocates are working with State Senator Hays to make this a better bill. (3/27/14 Update: Passed out of the Education and Government Oversight & Accountability Committees on 3/26/14.)
  • CS/HB 91: (Similar to SB 864, not sure if it is technically the companion bill.) Introduced by State Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fort Walton Beach).  Referred to Education Appropriations Subcommittee.

Georgia:

  • SB 167: (Combined with SB 203) Introduced by State Senator William Ligon, Jr. (R-Brunswick) – This bill establishes the process for reviewing the standards, allows local districts to go back to the previous, superior GA standards in the interim, and establishes strong protections for student data privacy. Passed Senate Education committee & full Senate.  (3/27/14 Upate: Died in House Education Committee. 3/11/14 Update: House Leadership & Governor gutted SB 167, State Sen. Ligon is withdrawing support, as is CWA of Georgia and American Principles in Action.)

Idaho:

  • SB 1296: Introduced by State Senator John Goedde (R-Coeur d’Alene) – Adds to existing law to provide definitions, to provide for a responsible entity, to establish provisions relating to a data inventory and dictionary or index, to establish provisions relating to certain policies and procedures, to establish provisions relating to the State Board of Education and the State Department of Education ensuring that certain vendors shall comply with the law, to provide for a civil enforcement action, to provide for a court action, to provide for a penalty, to establish provisions relating to data deemed confidential, to provide for exceptions and to provide for a data security plan. (Idahoans for Local Education has concerns about this bill they say it defers to FERPA.) (3/27/14 Update: No action taken.)
  • HB 499: Introduced by State Representative Janet Trujillo (R-Idaho Falls) – Adds to existing law to establish provisions relating to public education and parental rights; and to establish provisions relating to a parental bill of rights. (3/27/14 Update: No action taken.)
  • SB 1343: Introduced by State Senator Russell Fulcher (R-Meridian) –  Adds to existing law to provide that the Legislature must ratify by statute any agreement among the State Board of Education or the State Department of Education and any multistate consortium or the federal government concerning testing of Idaho students in grades K-12, curriculum or standards and sharing of individual student data generated by any part of the Idaho K-12 educational system and to provide an exception for certain tests. (3/27/14 Update: No action taken.)
  • 3/27/14 Update: SB 1377: State Senator Goedde filed.  This bill amends existing law to remove language in the catchline relating to online courses and to establish provisions relating to the board of trustees of each school district adopting curricular materials.  Stephanie Zimmerman of Idahoans for Local Education pointed out that school districts did not have the right to choose curriculum not approved by the State Board of Educationn.  Their complaint was heard.  This bill restored that right and it was signed into law on 3/19/14 by Governor Butch Otter.

Illinois:

  • HR0543: Introduced by State Representative Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) – Urges the State Board of Education to delay the implementation of the new Common Core Standards and requests that the State Board of Education and General Assembly work together to create a viable plan to provide funding to school districts that need improvements and modernizations to comply with the new Common Core Standards and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career’s. (3/27/14 Update: In Special Issues Subcommittee and had a hearing yesterday.  Illinois Review says this is way to politely deep six the bill.)
  • SR0638: Introduced by State Senator Kyle McCarter (R-Vandalia) – Senate companion to HR0543. (3/27/14 Update: Introduced in the Senate Education Committee on 3/5/14.)
  • SB3092: Introduced by State Senator William Delgado (D-Chicago) – Amends the P-20 Longitudinal Education Data System Act. Provides that if an audit or evaluation or a compliance or enforcement activity in connection with legal requirements that relate to State-supported or school district-supported educational programs requires or is used as the basis for granting access to personally identifiable information, the State Board of Education or a public school shall designate parties only under its direct control to act as authorized representatives to conduct the audit, evaluation, or activity. Limits the disclosure of personally identifiable information by the State Board or a public school with respect to (i) a contractor, consultant, or other party to whom the State Board or school has outsourced services or functions; (ii) a party conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the State Board or school; (iii) any party for a commercial use; or (iv) the provision of services other than contracting, studies, and audits or evaluations. Limits the maintenance of personally identifiable information and provides for disclosure and notification. Limits appending education records with personally identifiable information obtained from other federal or State agencies through data matches. Provides for civil penalties. Effective immediately. (3/27/14 Update: Passed out of the Senate Education Committee on 3/26/14.)

Indiana:

  • SB 91: Introduced by State Senator Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis) – Adds a definition of “college and career readiness”. Provides that before July 1, 2014, the state board of education (state board) shall adopt Indiana college and career readiness educational standards. Provides that academic standards adopted prior to July 1, 2014, are void on the earlier of: July 1, 2014; or, the date academic standards are adopted. Provides that during the 2015-2016 school year, the state board shall authorize the department to administer either the ISTEP assessment or a comparable assessment program that is aligned with the educational standards. Provides that before the state board may authorize a new assessment program, the state board shall submit the proposed assessment program to the budget committee for review. Makes technical and conforming amendments.  (There is concern that the Indiana State Board of Education will just rebrand the Common Core instead of writing entirely new standards.)  This bill has passed the Senate 36-12 and passed the House 67-26. (3/27/14 Update: Governor Pence signed the bill on 3/24/14.)

Iowa:

  • HF 2140: Introduced by State Representative Tedd Gassman (R-Scarville) – It would make the Iowa Core (along with the Common Core) voluntary and strikes language in the Iowa Code giving the State Board of Education the authority to change the standards. (This bill was killed in subcommittee, State Representative Sandy Salmon votes yes, State Representatives Greg Forristall and Sharon Steckman vote no.)
  • HF 2141: Introduced by State Representative Gassmann – This bill directs the Iowa Department of Education to pull out of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. (This bill has been killed in subcommittee, see this Caffeinated Thoughts article.)
  • SF 2123: Introduced by State Senator Brad Zaun (R-Urbandale) – Rolls Iowa Standards back to existing standards set in 2006 (pre-Common Core, removes Iowa’s standards for social studies and 21st Century Skills). (Bill died in subcommittee did not make the funnel deadline.)
  • HF 2204: Introduced by State Representative Sandy Salmon – this is identical to State Senator Zaun’s bill. (Bill did not meet funnel deadline, died in subcommittee.)
  • 2-16-14 Update: See update from Iowans for Local Control.
  • HF 2205: Introduced by State Representative Larry Sheets (R-Moulton).  Rolls back standards to 2006 standards.  Subcommittee meeting scheduled on Thursday, February 20th at 11:00a at the Iowa State Capitol Building, Room 19. (Bill died in subcommittee, did not make funnel deadline).
  • HSB 592 (Reassigned as HF 2439) Introduced by State Representative Ron Jorgensen (R-Sioux City) – this bill passed the House Education Committee on 2/19/14 and is the only Common Core related bill still viable this session.  I didn’t mention it before because it really doesn’t do anything to remove the Common Core from Iowa.  It doesn’t address privacy issues, but that needs to be strengthened.  What this bill does do is give Common Core opponents an opportunity to introduce floor amendments that hopefully will be considered germane to the bill.  So hopefully it can be made into a better bill. (3/11/14 Update: Passes Iowa House 96-0.  This bill sets up a review starting in 2015 of the current standards.  It stipulates any changes to the Iowa Core starting this year must be open to public input and a report sent to the Iowa Legislature while in session before the changes can be implemented.  It also provides some data privacy protect, but how strong the language is up for debate since it references FERPA.) (3/27/14 Update: The bill did not survive the 2nd funnel in the Iowa Senate.)

Kansas:

  • HB 2621: Introduced by the House Education Committee, this bill is a data privacy bill and it nullifies standards adopted by the Kansas State Board of Education in 2010. (3/27/14 Update: This bill was withdrawn from the House Committee on Education and referred to the House Committee on Taxation in February, on 3/14/14 it was withdrawn from that committee and sent back to Education.)

Kentucky:

  • HB 5: Introduced by State Representative Denver Butler (D-Louisville) – This bill calls for tightened data security for all state agencies. (3/27/14 Update: This passed the Kentucky House 100-0 in January, and passed the Kentucky Senate 38-0 amended on 3/21/14.  It’s now back in the House since there were changes made.)
  • HF 215: Introduced by State Representative Thomas Kerr (R-Taylor Mill) – This bill calls for dropping the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards, reasserts state sovereignty over education, and requires better data security for education records. (3/27/14 Update: Still sitting in the House Education Committee where it has been since January.)

Louisiana:

  • SB 449: Introduced by State Senator Conrad Appel (R-Metairie). Provides relative to the privacy and protection of student data for students enrolled in public elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational institutions. (3/27/14 Update: Referred to Senate Committee on Education.  We wrote about this bill and pointed out that it is very weak.)
  • HB 555: Introduced by State Representative Cameron Henry (R-Metairie).  Provides for limitations and prohibitions on the collection and sharing of student information and provides penalties for violations.  (3/27/14 Update: Passed out of the House Education Committee on 3/26/14.)
  • HB 1076:  (Formerly HB 946, number changed when amended) Introduced by State Representative John Schroder (R-Covington).  Provides for limitations and prohibitions on the collection and sharing of student information and provides penalties for violations.  (3/27/14 Update: HB 946 passed out of House Education Committee on 3/26/14 amended.)

Maryland:

  • HB 76: Introduced by Delegate Michael Smigiel, Sr. (R-Elkton) – Prohibiting the State Board of Education and specified county boards of education from establishing specified educational policies, curriculum, and guidelines that include or are based on the Common Core State Standards; prohibiting the State Board from entering into any agreements or joining any organizations that give control over educational matters to any entity other than the State; requiring the State Board to take specified steps to rescind the State Board’s adoption of the Common Core State Standards; etc. (3/27/14 Update: Had a hearing on 2/5/14, no action taken after that.)
  • SB 0578: Introduced by State Senator Edward Reilly (R-Anne Arundel County) – Requiring each county board of education to determine the implementation timeline for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), no sooner than June 30, 2015. (3/27/14 Update: It received an unfavorable report in the Senate Education Committee on 3/4/14.)
  • SB 0579: Introduced by State Senator Reilly – It delays any evaluations of teachers and principals based on standardized testing until at least June 30, 2015.  (3/27/14 Update: It received an unfavorable report in the Senate Education Committee on 3/4/14.)
  • SB 0408: Introduced by State Senator Reilly (3/27/14 Update: It received an unfavorable report in the Senate Education Committee on 3/4/14.)/Companion Bill – HB 0925: Introduced by Delegate Ron George (R-Anne Arundel County) – Would delay the Common Core State Standards. (3/27/14 Update: Had a hearing scheduled on 2/27/14, no action taken since.)

Massachusetts: 

  • 3/27/14 Update: New bill has been filed.  It’s currently H.D. 4197 (has not been assigned a bill number yet).  Introduced by State Representative Keiko Orrall (R-Lakeville).  It’s entitled “An act to ensure quality education.”  This bill will halt expenditures on Common Core and PARCC until such time as the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education provides certain costs and standards comparisons.

Michigan:

  • HB 4276 introduced by State Representative Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills) last session apparently is still active according to the 10th Amendment Center.  I confirmed this with Rep. McMillin’s office this afternoon (2/25/14).  It is live until December 31, 2014.  Remember that Michigan has a full-time legislature as well.  McMillin’s bill prohibits the implementation of the Common Core in Michigan.  It’s a long shot (since they voted last fall to allow funding), but Michigan residents can contact members of the Michigan House Education Committee and ask for them to vote yes.  In particular contact the committee chair, State Representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons (R-Alto), and ask for her to allow a vote.  Her phone number is (517) 373-0846.  Her email is LisaLyons@house.mi.gov.

Minnesota:

  • Minnesota bills do not have bill numbers yet, but there are three bills that have been picked up by State Representative Jim Abeler (R-Anoka): Data collection sharing only with parental permission; full repeal of the Common Core State Standards; and one other. There is a local control bill in the works as well as parental bill of rights.  (3/27/14 Update: No new news.  3/11/14: I was told they are currently looking for a Democrat legislator who will sponsor the bills.)

Mississippi:

  • State Senator Angela Burks Hill (R-Picayune) filed SB 2736 would have prohibited the Mississippi State Board of Education from implementing the Common Core State Standards.  It also would have repealed the state’s SLDS system.  It unfortunately died in the Senate Education Committee on 2/4/14.  Not sure why, I don’t see any record of a vote.  No House bills were filed before the deadline.  Hearings have been requested in the House Education Committee but have been denied so far.

Missouri:

  • 3/27/14 Update: The Missouri House passed an amendment to defund the Common Core to the House budget bill on 3/25/14.
  • HB 1708: Introduced by State Representative Kurt Bahr (R-St. Charles) – Prohibits the State Board of Education, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and school districts from implementing the Common Core State Standards. (3/27/14 Update: Still sitting in committee.)
  • HJR 74: Introduced by State Representative Dean Dohrman (R-La Monte) – Proposes a constitutional amendment that would require members of the State Board of Education to be elected. Currently, members are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. (3/27/14 Update: Still sitting in Government Oversight and Accountability Committee.)
  • SB 514: Introduced by State Senator John Lamping (R-St. Louis) – Prohibits the State Board of Education, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and school districts from implementing the Common Core State Standards. (3/27/14 Update: Just had a hearing in the Senate.)
  • SB 798: Introduced by State Senator Ed Emery (R-Lamar) – Modifies provisions relating to elementary and secondary education standards and assessments.  (Would pull Missouri out of Smarter Balanced and repeal the Common Core State Standards.) (3/27/14 Update: Just had a hearing in the Senate.)
  • SB 819: Introduced by State Senator Wayne Wallingford (R-Cape Girardeau) – This act enacts multiple provisions to protect personal privacy from government intrusion. (3/27/14 Update: Passed out of the Senate committee today.)

New Hampshire:

  • HB 1239: Introduced by State Representative Glenn Cordelli (R-Tuftonboro) – This bill requires the state board of education to report on the fiscal impact of implementing the college and career readiness standards, also known as the Common Core standards, and prohibits the board from implementing any new common core standards until the board performs a fiscal analysis and conducts a public hearing in each executive council district. (3/27/14 Update: The House Education Committee voted the bill “Inexpedient to Legislate” on 2/6/14.)
  • HB 1508: Introduced by State Representative Lenette Peterson (R-Merrimack) – This bill requires the state board of education to terminate all plans, programs, activities, and expenditures relative to the implementation of the common core state educational standards which have been adopted or may be adopted by the state board, including any assessments and instruction based upon such standards. (3/27/14 Update: Voted down by the New Hampshire House on 3/26/14.)
  • HB 1262: Introduced by State Representative J.R. Hoell (R-Dunbarton) – This bill restricts the collection, storage, and sharing of student assessment data by the United States Department of Education and the New Hampshire department of education. (3/27/14 Update: Committee voted to refer to study on 2/4./14.)
  • HB 1586: Introduced by State Representative Cordelli – This bill establishes procedures for protecting the privacy of student and teacher personally-identifiable data. The bill also prohibits the use of video monitoring in a classroom for the purpose of teacher evaluations, affective computing methods, predictive modeling, radio frequency identification devices, and remote surveillance software on school laptops and tablets, without the written consent of a parent or legal guardian. (3/27/14 Update: Referred to study by Committee)
  • HB 1496: Introduced by State Representative Hoell – This bill provides that a school district shall not be required to administer any assessment which is not valid and appropriate, or which cannot be objectively scored.  This deals with the Smarter Balanced Assessment. (3/27/14 Update: Committee voted to refer to study on 2/4/14.)
  • HB 1587: Introduced by State Representative Neal Kurk (R-Weare) – This bill regulates the collection and distribution of student data. (3/27/14 Update: Passed the House on 3/12/14, will have a hearing in the Senate Education committee on 4/3/14.)
  • HB 1238: Introduced by State Representative Cordelli – This bill requires the department of education to make available assessment questions and response sheets on the department’s website as soon as possible after the assessment results are released. (3/27/14 Update: Passed out of the House on 3/12/14.)

New Jersey:

  • S. 2973: Introduced by State Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-Dennis Township) – Establishes Common Core State Standards Evaluation Task Force; delays use of assessments developed by Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers until task force submits final report. (3/27/14 Update: No action.)
  • A. 4403: Introduced by Assemblyman Bob Andrzejczak (D-Middle Township) – A companion bill to S. 2973. (3/27/14 Update: No action.)

New Mexico:

  • SB 296: This bill introduced by State Senator Linda Lopez (D-Albuquerque) would halt implementation of the Common Core and withdraw the state from the PARCC testing consortium. It would also require public hearings and a fiscal analysis of the new standards before they are brought into effect. (3/27/14 Update: The bill died in committee.)

New York:

  • A07994: Introduced by Assemblyman Al Graf (R-Holbrook) – This bill will halt the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and Race to the Top in the State of New York if passed.  It was introduced last summer and it doesn’t look like any action has been taken in the New York Assembly Education Committee.  It has a companion bill in the New York Senate – S06267 introduced by State Senator Greg Ball (R-Carmel).  It was filed last month has been referred to the Senate Education Committee. (3/27/14 Update: NO movement on these bills.)
  • S 6604 – Introduced by State Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) – The purpose of this bill is to convene a commission, which will be empowered to hold hearings, study, and make recommendations to the governor and legislature, regarding education issues related to P-12 curriculum and testing in New York State. During the review, school districts shall not be required to implement the Common Core curriculum, nor shall any state test be based off of the Common Core standards. Upon completion of their review, the Commission shall take a vote to determine whether the Common Core curriculum shall be reinstated.  Companion Bill A 8804 – Introduced by Assemblyman Edward Ra (R-Franklin Square). (3/27/14 Update: No action taken on these bills.)
  • A8929:  This bill authored by Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) who chairs the Education Committe.  This bill is just a delay in using assessment scores for accountability.  It would prevent schools from using Common Core-based test scores on staff evaluations for two years and prevents schools from using scores to decide whether a student will advance to the next grade.  So it doesn’t move toward the goal of getting rid of the Common Core State Standards in New York.  This bill passed the New York Assembly on a 117 to 10 vote.  There is no companion bill in the Senate. (3/27/14 Update: Referred to the Senate Education Committee, still no action.)

Ohio:

  • HB 237: Introduced by State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) – A Common Core repeal bill.  It looks like it is held up in the House Education Committee, and I was told by State Representative Brenner (R-Powell), the vice chair of the Ohio House Education Committee, that it is unfortunately dead.
  • HB 181: Introduced by State Representative Brenner – To amend sections 3314.03, 3319.321, 3326.11, and 3328.24 and to enact sections 3301.942, 3301.943, 3301.944, 3301.945, and 3301.946 of the Revised Code to prohibit submission of a student’s personal identifiable information to the federal government without direct authorization of the local school board, to modify the management and facilitation of the statewide education data repository, and to prohibit submission of student names and addresses to multi-state assessment consortia without written permission; to amend the version of section 3326.11 of the Revised Code that is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2014, to continue the provisions of this act on or after that effective date.
  • HB 193: Introduced by State Representative Brenner – To amend sections 3301.079, 3301.0710, 3301.0711, 3301.0712, 3301.16, 3302.02, 3302.03, 3302.031, 3310.14, 3310.522, 3313.532, 3313.603, 3313.61, 3313.611, 3313.612, 3313.614, 3313.615, 3313.976, 3314.017, 3314.03, 3314.36, 3325.08, 3326.11, 3328.24, 3328.25, 3329.07, 3329.08, and 3333.123 and to enact sections 3301.946, 3302.036, 3313.618, 3314.019, 3329.081, and 3329.082 of the Revised Code with respect to state academic achievement assessments and high school graduation requirements; to amend the version of section 3326.11 of the Revised Code that is scheduled to take effect July 1, 2014, to continue the provisions of this act on or after that effective date.  (Basically what this bill does, according to Brenner, is tell the State School Board that local schools can have multiple assessments.  It orders a review of PARCC by the Ohio Department of Education and then report back to the House and Senate Education Committee.)
  • HB 413: Introduced by State Representative Brenner and Peter Stautberg (R-Anderson Township) – To prohibit the administration of the assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers for the 2014-2015 school year, to prohibit the renewal of the state’s memorandum of understanding with the Partnership, and to declare an emergency.
  • Had a lengthy phone conversation with State Representative Brenner he explained that HB 181 can only go so far due to a constitutional provision that does not allow for changing contracts in the midst of the contract.  He said HB 237 is dead and that it wasn’t going to go anywhere with Governor Kasich being against it.  He said, “Ohio can either do nothing and complain or we can work on my bills and try to get something accomplished.”  He said his goal for this session is to clamp down on what student data is put forth except that which is required contractually and  then to delay PARCC until Ohio’s MOU expires with them so they can pull out.
  • Re. HB 413 – Heidi Huber of Ohioans Against Common Core believes the bill is an “appeasement bill” written by two “Common Core supporters” to get them through the primary.  I agree that HB 413 is not a model bill I would use and it certainly doesn’t go far enough.  The question is this: is this as far as Ohio is willing to go this legislative session?  Is it possible to amend the bill to make it better?  I personally don’t know the answers to that, and like I mentioned above I don’t want to big foot what is happening in the states.

Oklahoma:

  • HB 2786: Authored by State Representative Jadine Nollan (R-Sand Springs) – A Common Core repeal bill.  An Act relating to schools; amending 70 O.S. 2011, Section 11-103.6a, which relates to adoption of curriculum standards; deleting requirement to adopt revisions to certain subject area curriculum standard to align with Common Core standards; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.
  • HB 2849: Authored by State Representative Dan Fisher (R-Yukon) – An Act relating to schools; amending 70 O.S. 2011,
    Section 11-103.6a, which relates to adoption of curriculum standards; deleting requirement to adopt revisions to certain subject area curriculum standard to align with Common Core standards; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.
  • HB 3331: Authored by Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) – This prevents the Oklahoma Department of Education from entering into any agreements with the Federal government that would align Oklahoma standards to the Common Core – directs the Department to amend any agreements with the feds so that Oklahoma may be released from using the Common Core standards.
  • HB 3166: Authored by State Representative Gus Blackwell (R-Laverne) – This bill repeals the standards and then puts in place the “Local Curriculum Standards Pilot Program” in which ANY school district could adopt their own standards (even if they do not align with state standards) for five years.  After that time, there will be a comparison made among schools using the state standards and those using their own local standards using standardized, criterion-referenced tests.
  • HB 3399: Authored by State Representative Jason Nelson (R-Oklahoma City) – This prevents federal control over state standards.  It requires any agency using federal money or programming – including those collecting data on students – to amend existing agreements to extricate themselves from any agreements that would cede control over K-12 education from outside the state. This bill would not repeal the Common Core, but instead, puts the standards on ‘pause’ for a full year during which the state assessments will reflect PASS and not CC.  It directs the state board to examine the English/LA and math standards, and then compare them with PASS in 9 different areas.  A written review of the comparison must be submitted to the House, Senate and Governor for their own review. (3/11/14 Update: see update below.) (3/27/14: Additional update below.)
  • SB 1146: Authored by State Senator Eddie Fields (R-Wynona) – This is a repeal bill that also includes direction to the State Board of Education to remove all alignment in the standards to the Common Core, stop Common Core assessments and require the state board to revise their agreement with the feds that will allow Oklahoma to get out from under the standards.
  • SB 1310: Authored by State Senator Fields – This bill would establish a task force the purpose of which would be to “review curricular standards approved by the State Board of Education and make recommendations to the Legislature regarding new curricular standards.”
  • 3/11/14 Update: Restore Oklahoma Public Education sent this update – “An amendment filed to SB1764 late yesterday by Senators Sykes and Brecheen, will stop Common Core state standards in Oklahoma and return Oklahoma education to the control of those best in charge of their children’s education – parents.  In the Oklahoma House, Speaker Jeff Hickman yesterday filed similar language in an amendment to HB3399 providing the same assurances.”
  • 3/27/14 Update: HB 3399 has passed the Oklahoma House and the Senate Education Committee.  Essentially every other bill as I understand it is now dead.

Rhode Island:

  • H 7095: Introduced by State Representatives Gregg Amore (D-East Providence) – If passed it would delay the implementation of standardized testing aligned with the Common Core State Standards until a commission, that would be created by the law, has had an opportunity to study and evaluate it.
  • H 7580: Introduced by State Representatives Cale Keable (D-Pascoag), William O’Brien (D-North Providence), Frank Ferri (D-Warwick), Gregg Amore (D-East Providence) and Brian Newberry (R-North Smithfield) – Amends the Rhode Island Educational Records Bill of Rights to provide accessibility to assessment materials for parents and students, as well as, tighten state privacy laws.

South Carolina:

  • SB 300: Introduced by State Senator Larry Grooms (R-Charleston) – This bill would prevent the Common Core State Standards from being imposed on South Carolina. (3/27/14 Update: This bill was passed out of committee on 3/19/14 and amended in such a way that it codifies a Common Core assessment.  Anyway, the bill as written will not keep the Common Core from being imposed on South Carolina.)
  • H. 3943: Introduced by State Representative Samuel Rivers, Jr. (R-Goose Creek) – This bill would prevent the State Board of Education from adopting and the State Department of Education from implementing the Common Core State Standards and would make any actions taken to adopt or implement the standards void. (3/27/14 Update: Still sitting in the House Education Committee.)

South Dakota:

  • HB 1237: Introduced by State Representative Jacqueline Sly (R-Rapid City) – This would create a council to do a comprehensive evaluation of the Common Core State Standards – a two year evaluation.  South Dakotans Against Common Core is against this bill.  You can read why here. (Tabled in the House Education Committee on 2/10/14.)
  • HB 1214: Introduced by State Representative Elizabeth May (R-Kyle) – This bill requires a study and analysis of the financial, fiscal, and economic impacts of implementation of the Common Core State Standards. (Deferred to 41st day which basically means it is dead as the session is only 40 days long.)
  • HB 1187: Introduced by State Representative Jim Bolin (R-Canton) – This allows parents to opt their students out of the Smarter Balanced Assessments. (Voted down 8-7 in House Ed Committee, but there is an effort to have State Rep. Burt Toulson change his vote.)
  • HB 1243: Introduced by State Representative May – This bill would supplant the Common Core State Standards. (This bill was voted down in committee 8-7.)
  • SB 63: Introduced by State Senator Ernie Otten (R-Tea) – This bill seeks to protect the privacy of the records of individual students.  (This has been passed by the South Dakota Senate, passed by the South Dakota House Education Committee, but not yet been debated on the House floor.)
  • SCR 2: Introdcued by State Senator Phil Jensen (R-Rapid City).  This resolution expressed concern for the Common Core State Standards.  (Tabled in the Senate Education Committee on 2/20/14.)

Tennessee:

  • SB 2405: Introduced by State Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) /HB 2332  introduced by State Representative Rick Womack (R-Rockvale) – As introduced, discontinues use of common core state standards. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 1; Title 49, Chapter 10; Title 49, Chapter 2 and Title 49, Chapter 6. (3/27/14 Update: SB 24o5 was referred to a subcommittee on 3/26/14.  HB 2332: Was defeated in subcommittee on 3/18/14.)
  • HB 1549: Introduced by State Representative Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville)/SB 1835 Introduced by State Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) – As introduced, establishes requirements for the adoption of educational standards; prohibits use of student data for purposes other than tracking academic progress and educational needs of students. (Tennessee Against Common Core is not excited about this bill.) 3/18/14 Update: This bill passes the Tennessee House on a 81-9 vote last week.  It passed the Tennessee Senate 31-2 yesterday. (3/27/14 Update: going through House and Senate again since the bill was amended.)
  • HB 1826: introduced by State Representative Womack/SB 1986 introduced by Senator Stacey Campfield (R-Knoxville) – This bill requires the general assembly to approve, by the general appropriations act, all state funding for any future assessment tests used to measure the educational progress of students. (3/27/14 Update: HB 1826 is still sitting in committee.  SB 1986 failed in Senate Education Committee on 3/12/14.)
  • HB 1825: introduced by State Representative Womack/SB 1985 introduced by State Senator Campfield – As introduced, requires the state board of education and the department of education to postpone any further implementation of Common Core State Standards beyond those standards implemented as of June 30, 2013, until further implementation is approved by the general assembly. (3/27/14 Update: SB 1985 failed in the Senate Education Committee on 3/12/14.)
  • HB 1828: introduced by State Representative Womack/SB 1984 introduced by State Senator Campfield – As introduced, prohibits adoption or use of PARCC assessments; requires the general assembly to make the decision as to adoption of assessments to replace TCAPs; requires the state to withdraw from PARCC; prohibits state membership in any group that relinquished control over assessments to an outside entity. (3/27/14 Update: HB 1828 failed in subcommittee on 3/18/14.)
  • HB 2253: introduced State Representative Glen Casada (R-Franklin)/SB 1682 introduced by State Senator Gresham – As introduced, prohibits the state from joining consortia or initiatives that require the adoption of common standards in science and social studies; requires the state board of education to adopt standards in science and social studies that reflect the values of the state. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 1; Title 49, Chapter 2 and Title 49, Chapter 6. (3/27/14 Update: No action on these bills.)
  • HB 1697: introduced by State Representative Sheila Butt (R-Columbia)/SB 1881: introduced by State Senator Frank Nicely (R-Strawberry Plains) – As introduced, requires cursive writing to be taught in the third grade. (3/27/14 Update: HB 1697 passes the House on 3/17/14 85 to 6.  SB 1881 passes out of Senate Education Committee on 3/19/14.)
  • HB 1696: Introduced by State Representative Butt/SB 1882: introduced by State Senator Nicely – As introduced, mandates that the state board of education and department of education shall immediately withdraw from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and common core state standards. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 1; Title 49, Chapter 10; Title 49, Chapter 2; Title 49, Chapter 3; Title 49, Chapter 5; Title 49, Chapter 6 and Title 49, Chapter 60. (3/27/14 Update: Placed in subcommittee no votes taken.)
  • HB 1841: introduced by State Representative Gloria Johnson (D-Knoxville)/SB 2221 introduced by State Senator Jim Kyle (D-Memphis) – As introduced, allows parents to opt their children out of high stakes testing. – Amends TCA Title 49. (3/27/14 Update: SB 2221 failed in Senate Education Committee on 3/24/14.
  • HB 2453: introduced by State Representative Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma)/SB 2559 introduced by State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) – As introduced, requires every LEA to allow parents to review all instructional materials used in the classroom of the parent’s child; mandates the LEA to allow parents access to review all surveys and evaluations administered to the parent’s child. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 2 and Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 70. (3/27/14 Update: HB 2453 passed out of subcommittee on 3/25/14.  SB 2559 passed out of subcommittee on 3/26/14.)
  • HB 2290: introduced by State Representative Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg)/SB 2057 introduced by State Senator Nicely – As introduced, requires the department of education to reimburse LEAs for the costs of implementing and the ongoing costs to use common core state standards and PARCC assessments. – Amends TCA Title 49. (3/27/14 Update: HB 2290 passed out subcommittee on 3/25/14.  SB 2057 assigned to subcommittee.)
  • HB 1882: Introduced by State Representative Vance Dennis (R-Savannah)/SB 1470: introduced by State Senator Gresham – As introduced, enacts the “Data Accessibility, Transparency and Accountability Act”, which regulates the collection and release of data by the department and state board of education. – Amends TCA Title 10, Chapter 7, Part 5 and Title 49. (3/27/14 Update: No votes on either bill have been taken.)
  • HB 1705: Introduced by State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby)/SB 1469: introduced by State Senator Gresham – As introduced, prohibits collection or reporting of certain student individual data without parental consent or consent of the student, if the student is 18 years of age or older. – Amends TCA Title 49. (3/27/14 Update: No votes taken on either bill yet.)
  • HB 1703: Introduced by State Representative Ron Lollar (R-Bartlett)/SB 1961: introduced by State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) – As introduced, prohibits transfer of student data when such action will transfer the data out of state, unless required by federal law. – Amends TCA Section 10-7-504 and Title 49. (TNACC states this bill upholds FERPA which basically undo the purpose of the bill so they do not support it as written) (3/27/14 Update: No votes taken on either bill yet.)
  • HB 2237: Introduced by State Representative David Alexander (R-Winchester)/SB 2153: Introduced by State Senator Niceley – As introduced, requires members of the board to be elected by congressional district for four-year term as current terms expire and vacancies arise. – Amends TCA Title 49. (3/27/14 Update: No votes taken on either bill.)

Utah:

  • HB 0342: Introduced by State Representative Dana Layton (R-Orem) – This bill outlines how the Common Core will be replaced in Utah.  This bill modifies the powers and duties of the State Board of Education regarding the development and adoption of core curriculum standards. (3/27/14 Update: House passed 3/7/14 on a 41 to 30 vote.  The Senate passed on 3/11/14 on a 22 to 4 vote.  It was sent to the Governor’s desk on 3/21/14.)

West Virginia:

  • SB 429: Introduced by State Senator Donna Boley (R-St. Marys) – This bill’s intent is to protect student data, require a complete cost analysis of the Common Core State Standards, and implement a two-year moratorium on assessments to allow for public hearings. HB 4383 is the House companion bill. (3/27/14 Update: No votes taken on bill.)
  • HB 4390: Introduced by State Delegate Jim Butler (R-Henderson) – This bill would end Common Core in West Virginia and eliminate the state’s Statewide Longitudinal Database System. (3/27/14 Update: No votes taken on bill.)

Wisconsin:

  • SB619: Introduced by State Sen. Leah Vukmir  (R-Wauwatosa).  If I’m reading it correctly it looks like it will halt implementation of the Common Core, and require all state standards to be developed by a model academics standards board.  It outlines the make-up of the board and the process of how standards will be decided.  (Apparently this bill was written by Governor Scott Walker’s staff.) (3/27/14 Update: No votes, public hearing on bill held on 3/6/14.)
  • AB616: Introduced by State Representative Thomas Larson (R-Colfax) – this prohibits the collection of a pupil’s biometric data and the use of any device to assess a pupil’s physiological or emotional state. (3/27/14 Update: Public hearing held on 1/15/14.  No votes taken.)
  • AB617: Introduced by State Representative Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) – this directs the Department of Public Instruction to establish model academic standards and granting rule-making authority.  Sources tell me this bill may be killed in favor of SB619. (3/27/14 Update: Public hearing held on 1/15/14. No votes taken.)
  • AB618: Introduced by State Representative Don Pridemore (R-Hartford) – This bill addresses the student information system, the disclosure of personally identifiable student data, and the disclosure of pupil records.  (3/27/14 Update: Passes Assembly on a 57 to 37 vote on 2/20/14, no action taken in the Senate.)

Wyoming:

  • HB 0097: Introduced by State Representative Tom Reeder (R-Casper) – AN ACT relating to education; modifying the process for adoption of content and performance standards by the state board; establishing an advisory council to the state board for adoption of the content and performance standards; prohibiting participation in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium; prohibiting expenditure of federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds; establishing state education data security policies and protocols; imposing penalty; and providing for effective dates. (Update: The Wyoming House voted to introduce the bill.)  2nd Update: The House Education Committee passed the bill, but also amended it:

The House Education Committee voted to amend the bill slightly Monday.

Lawmakers agreed to increase from 15 to 18 the number of people who would serve on the advisory committee to reassess the common standards. A provision tightening the state’s student data security measures was also deleted, and the number of required public hearings reduced, Reeder said.

Another revision slowed the re-evaluation process for the standards. Under the original bill, an advisory panel would have decided whether to scrap the common standards before Dec. 31. Now, the committee would have until 2016 to do so.

3rd Update: Not heard in Committee on the Whole, dead for the session.

  • HB 167: This bill was introduced by State Representative Allen Jaggi (R-Lyman) – relating to public schools; imposing criteria on the adoption of state education program and student content and performance standards; requiring adherence to process and guidelines; prohibiting the enforcement of specified rules and regulations of the Wyoming department of education; prohibiting participation in standards and assessment activities originating out-of-state by state board members, official and other agencies representing public schools; prohibiting sharing of educational data; requiring the legislative service office to make conforming amendments; and providing for an effective date. (This bill failed to pass in order to be introduced in the Wyoming House during the appropriations session.)
  • HB 114: Introduced by State Representative Matt Teeters (R-Lingle).  This bill requires that at least part of the Wyoming State Board of Education are elected rather than appointed.  (This bill is being heard in the House Education Committee on 2/20/14.)
  • HB 197: Introduced by State Representative Lynn Hutchings (R-Laramie) – AN ACT relating to public education; providing for consent prior to collection, storage, access or sharing of student’s educational or personal information; providing for retention of consents; providing for penalties; and providing for effective dates. (Update: Failed to be heard in Committee on the Whole, dead for session).

Renewing the Fight to Stop Common Core

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As state legislatures across the country are starting new sessions I thought it would be a good time to highlight how the fight to stop the Common Core State Standards is being renewed in state capitols.  2013 was the first round and now we are entering the second, the bell has run.  The pressure is mounting, so much so, that Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) who chairs the National Governors Association, spoke out in defense of the Common Core.  They are expecting a big fight this year.  Governors are under a lot of pressure.

This is not exhaustive if there is a bill, etc. that I missed be sure to mention it in the comments.

I pointed out yesterday how Kentucky now has a couple of bills and will be marked appropriately on our map when it gets updated.  If your map is not listed and there are bills that have been filed be sure to email James and me (James is the guy who does the map).

Tennessee lawmakers are gearing up again offering legislation to delay the Common Core which is being implemented in schools in the Volunteer State this year.

Around a dozen House Republicans, according to Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale, are united behind a bill to take a pause from the controversial curriculum — for up to three or four years — and separate legislation to delay administering its corresponding test, called the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.

With a Common Core showdown brewing for months, he said, lawmakers have sought collaboration to prevent duplicating legislative efforts.

“Bottom line is, yes, we’re looking at legislation that will put a pause on Common Core and put a pause on the PARCC testing until we can sit down and really take a look at this and see what’s going on with it,” said Womick, who is helping lead the push.

“Let’s look at what we’re getting and compare it to what we have and make ours better by using Tennessee educators.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the Common Core needs “corrective action.”

Cuomo, as part of his budget presentation Tuesday, announced plans for a special advisory panel that will recommend “corrective action” in the way the state implements the curriculum — which is part of a national effort to raise academic standards.

He unfortunately supports the Common Core agenda, but says there has been “too much uncertainty, confusion and anxiety.”  He is also calling for the end of standardized testing for Kindergarteners through 2nd Grade.

In Colorado, according to the Denver Post,  the Douglas County School System seeks to opt-out of federal and state standardized testing.

The board is pushing for legislation allowing school districts to opt out of tests without fear of penalty and on Tuesday night unanimously approved a resolution calling for such legislation:

"(The district) believes that it is in the best position to design authentic assessments that will provide valuable feedback to students and aid educators on determining student progress," according to the resolution.

The resolution also calls for parents’ right to exempt their students from statewide tests without risk of penalty to the student, teacher, school or district. It denounces "Common Core" standards, calling them "low level."

A bill in Missouri filed by State Senator John Lamping (R-Ladue) would stop compliance with the Common Core State Standards.  According to the 10th Amendment Center:

SB514 would prohibit the Missouri state board of education and other state educational departments from implementing Common Core State Standards or any substantially similar federal learning standards.

“Any actions taken to adopt or implement the Common Core State Standards as of the effective date of this section are void.”

While touted as a state initiative, the federal government is deeply involved in both the formulation and implementation of Common Core. Constitutionally, the federal government should not be involved in education at all.

The effort to slow down on Common Core gets boost in the Rhode Island State House.

Rep. Gregg Amore of East Providence, a teacher at East Providence High School, submitted a bill (2014-H 7095) last week to “create a task force to evaluate the system so students, teachers, parents and administrators can – at the very least – fully understand the implications of the new system.”

“Until we have all the facts in front of us and know what we’re getting ourselves into, we should not be holding anyone accountable through this system,” said Amore. “No one has a clear picture of how much the Common Core objectives will cost our districts overall.”

The legislation has asked that a 20-member panel, including Education Commissioner Debra Gist or a designee, evaluate Common Core and the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment and Readiness for College and Careers) assessment test that goes with it over the next year.

Politico reports that Maryland is getting sticker shock.

Meanwhile, Maryland lawmakers were briefed on a new study that found schools will need $100 million in computer and infrastructure upgrades to prepare for Common Core tests. The implementation and testing will be so disruptive that some schools might have to cancel some electives and even shut down essential funct
ions like email to preserve bandwidth during the testing period, the study found. State Sen. Paul Pinsky told the Baltimore Sun that the study “raises concerns” and suggested that the rollout might need to be slowed.

Deseret News has a good summary of how the opposition is gaining steam.  Such as…

  • George Will’s recent column in The Washington Post.  This is pretty big, even Fordham is saying so (though I do take issue with Smarick, Will does not represent the only “principled opposition” out there.
  • Then there is John Stossel’s recent piece.
  • Lance Izumi wrote at National Review that the ““Parents and teachers from across the political spectrum are joining together in a nationwide grassroots rebellion to protest the lack of transparency in the Common Core adoption process, the exclusion of public input, and the disempowerment of local educators and the public.”

What is going on in your neck of the woods?

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Opposition to Common Core Crops Up in Rhode Island

682px-Rhode_Island_state_flagThe Providence Journal reported after Christmas about a new group of parents in Rhode Island who are organizing to oppose the Common Core State Standards in their state.  Barrington School Committee member and math teacher, Scott Fuller, created the website for Stop Common Core Rhode Island with a petition that can be signed by Rhode Island residents who are concerned about the Common Core.

Fuller, who is also a math teacher in Cumberland, voiced several concerns about the new standards, which face a surging national backlash in states from Michigan to Florida.

“I’m upset that there was no local input from teachers, parents and school committees,” he said Thursday. “I see it from the teacher’s perspective and from that of the School Committee. It’s too much, too fast. I don’t think this is the way democracy works.”

(The Barrington School Committee has not taken a formal vote on this issue.)

Fuller outlined several additional criticisms. Echoing national critics, Fuller said the standards were never field-tested and yet school districts are being pushed to revise their curricula to conform to them.

Fuller said no one has calculated the cost of implementing the new standards and the test that will replace the state’s existing assessment, the New England Common Assessment Program or NECAP, which is now tied to high school graduation….

… Finally, Fuller said that the new tests were not benchmarked against international standards.

“The Common Core initiative is highly organized at the national level,” the Stop the Common Core Web site states, “and deploys well-funded, coordinated and sophisticated advocacy, grass-roots and public relations campaign tactics to drum up support for the program, raising serious concerns about transparency and legitimacy.”

While some members of the petition drive want Rhode Island to abandon the Common Core, Fuller said he would like a thoughtful pause to allow local educators and parents the opportunity to evaluate the standards and the test.

You can read the rest of the article here and see the petition here.