Public Schools or Public Screwels? Part 6

Le Penn warns us

I’ve decided to make a part 6.

Here is a post from a Texas anti-Common Core group:

The truth is- the new commodity is DATA.

Whether it is TASA, TASB and the Straus crowd using Texas students and teachers to get it or Abbott, Patrick and Morath using Texas students and teachers. It is all about access to the data. Not actually educating the next generation of Texans to give them an equal opportunity at success in life.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/schoolboard/2017/07/28/why-schools-should-be-wary-of-free-tech-products-and-startups-shouldnt-make-them/amp/ 

And here is a reply to said post:

Data IS psychological profiling for future workforce placements from a very early age. But is there more to data collection than workforce placement? If so, what?

Here is a post from a Washington anti-Common Core group:

I am being told by a local teacher.
“…CCSS seems to be a passionate subject for you…which is great. I would assume you have looked at the standards, including the Claims and Targets and the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) of each question…..I have spent hours in training around CCSS. I do not like the high stage nature of SBA, but find the standards themselves to be pretty reasonable. Perhaps some adjustments are needed as is the case with anything. Just would like to get away from the constant posting of what “expects” say. Teachers and principals know the standards very well and they know how to instruct, so that all students can get the support they need….”

And here are some replies to said post:

I actually have no words for that. Wow!

That is exactly what the teachers around here say as well. I think they are actually talking points they are given in the CCSS training sessions.

There are people who are not categorically against CC. The reality of today. It’s accepted and even embraced. Then along comes [name withheld, though they were referring to themselves] and gets told , well it’s not all evil. So then I’m forced to parse which standards don’t I like and to stop relying on expert opinion. [name withheld, though they were referring to themselves] has been talking about CC for years and not much to show for in results except some supporters. Easy to ignore [name withheld] – until one day he decides to run for school board. Then all of the sudden the CC embracers in the schools get nervous!

They shouldn’t be nervous because you can’t get rid of it yourself. All you can do is tell the truth which, in my experience, is not always welcome in school districts.

My eyes were opened wide when I started attending school board meetings and meeting with district administrators (oh, and looking at documents from public record requests).

Teacher says: “Here’s a 4th grade ELA standard. I’ve been in education for 28 years and standards have always been a part of our work. In looking at the standards, I cannot see where they are a departure from what we have always wanted our kids to be able to do…think critically, analyze, compare/contrast, problem solve, etc. In a healthy society, I hope our children can master these skills.” Person wants to know which standard do I object to and why.

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here’s the WA Educators Review of CC ELA Standards when they were adopted:

http://www.k12.wa.us/CoreStandards/pubdocs/WAAlignmentDocumentmathematics.pdf

http://www.k12.wa.us/CurriculumInstruct/CCSS/default.aspx

I’m in my 11th year of teaching (mostly middle school LA/SS) and I find the ELA CCSS a mixed bag. There are some things that a reasonable and would be found in any standards (using supporting evidence, themes in literature, etc.). Others are not so great. I particularly don’t like the emphasis on informational texts and away from literature. In practice that is largely ignored.
And one little pet peeve. The word “thesis” has been used for centuries having roots in ancient Greek. Replacing it with the word “claim” is a little annoying.

This is why it remains. This is why those of us exposing it are reduced to sideline fringe. Sad.

A tweak here and there ignores the underlying roots.

Different students learn differently. The standards expect people to reach particular levels at particular age targets. Not all students are there. Many of the conceptual tasks they expect students to accomplish are beyond the ability of many students in that age group.

Even Alternet, hardly a Right-wing site, agrees that the push for “College and Career Readiness” in preschool is wrong:   http://www.alternet.org/education/cruel-and-pointless-push-get-preschoolers-college-and-career-ready#15015473408052&action=expand_widget&id=0&data=

A caller who is a teacher on the Levin Show from Nevada said that they force them to teach identity politics and that even the kids hate it and that they are forced to teach Common Core and almost got fired for speaking out against it.

Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

Parents: In the Standards and Assessments committee on Thursday, we will be discussing different adverse scenarios of parents opting out, on students, parents

If you have had such experiences, would you please share them with me?

And here are some replies to said post:

I have one from UCAS.

I have one from UCAS too. It will take me some time to write it all down though.

Mine too! It involved a pizza party for those who took it and sending out my son who didn’t!

More than once, as I’ve turned in my son’s opt-out form, the receiving secretary(ies) have said, trying to persuade me to change my mind, “You know, he’s the only one in the school who won’t be taking the test.”. 1. That wasn’t true. 2. I don’t care if he’s the only child on the planet not taking the test, I’m not putting him in harm’s way just because everyone else is doing it!

Here is a post from a Florida anti-Common Core group:

“Republicans are pitching to conservatives the idea of school choice vouchers and charters as a solution when that is not the case. In every piece of legislation and every state, including Texas which voted it down just recently because of this, every voucher program, every choice program requires that the user of that voucher or that choice education institution must be aligned with the federal standards. Those standards are Common Core,” Joy said.”

http://www.glennbeck.com/2017/06/09/buyer-beware-school-choice-and-voucher-programs-require-alignment-with-common-core/?utm_source=glennbeck&utm_medium=contentcopy_link 

And here is a reply to said post:

I used to be in favor of charters. I understand them better now. Trojan horse, despite the best intents.

Southwest Methodist University takes down a 9/11 Memorial with US flags for fear of offending Muslims:  http://pamelageller.com/2017/08/911-memorial-removed-submitting-islam.html/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter 

Here is a post from a North Dakota anti-Common Core group:

WHAT JUST HAPPENED?????
“Only one state, North Dakota, misses the mark entirely, earning three weak ratings.”

According to Fordham Institute:

“Analyzing the First 17 ESSA Accountability Plans………
For each of the three objectives, states can earn grades of strong, medium, or weak. Three states—Arizona, Colorado, and Illinois—earn strong ratings across the board. Four others—Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Tennessee, and Vermont—receive two strong marks and one medium. Only one state, North Dakota, misses the mark entirely, earning three weak ratings.”

My Thoughts (Ida Frueh):

How did this happen especially after all the:
1. UN leaning speakers and desire to turn students into global citizens references (Profile of a Graduate) heard at the June 8th ND Governor’s Innovative Education summit (See Part 1,2,3,-9 on NDPIE on this);
2. new form of behavior modification training that will be provided to our ND teachers through School Retool to “hack” problems and “shadow” students so that in 5 to 10 years all ND schools will be “reimagined”;
3. now requiring ND students to be “Choice Ready (by 2020)” (must pick a career, academic, military, or life ready path);
4. still clinging onto the Common Core State Standards (just changed some verbs);
5. pushing ND schools to use PBL (Project Based Learning) that has “no empirical proof it works and may take 10 to 15 years to see if it even works”;
6. pushing for personalized learning (all computerized),
7. ND using the Next Generation Science Standards (evolution and environmentalism will dominate science instruction);
8. ND definitely following the blueprint from the Obama White House Next Generation High Schools (transformation of education): https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov/…/progress_report_on_n…
9. and more…………………….
How come ND is the only state rated as “failing” by Fordham???? Is the ND ESSA Consolidated State Plan still not liberal enough???

https://edexcellence.net/publications/rating-the-ratings?utm_source=Fordham+Updates&utm_campaign=018a143935-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_04_18&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d9e8246adf-018a143935-71483209&mc_cid=018a143935&mc_eid=8ed8055c4f 

A Michigan school was banning American flag T-shirts:  http://pamelageller.com/2017/08/michigan-flag-ban.html/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook 

Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

Anyone have any information on Provo school district sending out a note to parents indicating teachers will now be visiting students at home?

And here are some replies to said post:

Wow, that really happened? I’d never be ok with that.

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I am trying to find out if it did really happen.
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The principle and assistant principle of the jr. high came to our house to see my son who has an iep and is going into 7th grade this year. Unannounced. In the morning.
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What did you do?
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I talked to them on the porch, and had my son come out onto the porch to talk to them. I hadn’t put a bra on, lol. And they could tell we were cooking breakfast. If they’re going to show up unannounced, that’s what they get. And i told them I was going to send him to a charter school probably, lol.
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What was their purpose for visiting you at home?
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To say hi to my son and tell him school is gonna be great and show me how to register online. He has an IEP, and I’m sure they want to get a feel for us. Who knows what the notes about us say.
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Is this legal? This is so so wrong!
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If it happens, don’t answer the door.
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They have been doing that for pre-school programs. Also it is slowly being encouraged to “get to know parents” because parents supposedly are not coming to parent/teacher conferences. What is not being shared is that observations are being made, data is being gathered. I have been told that that claim is not being done, but at the LEA level I know it is.
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ESSA requires every state education plan to have a “family engagement” plan. Home visits are not explicitly required but are mentioned as an option. There were a lot of grants offered through the bill for “social and emotional learning” and I’m wondering if there is a grant motivation for this. I’d call the district and ask.
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I will add, that those “family engagement” grants are a required 1% of Title 1grants, otherwise the states will not receive title 1 funding.
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Be sure to thank Senator Hatch for this “local control” eh?
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So tired of Hatch. He needs to retire and get a hobby that doesn’t harm others.
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I’ve had experience with this not via Provo E but others. I know there are some with good intentions and some who have questionable intentions. We did not let a charter school visit us – we simply told them that while we are happy to be interactive/social at school we like to keep home separate. I may have also mentioned that we like to decide who we let into our home and if we are interested then they’ll get invited by us.
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And I bet all of that went into their databank somewhere. 😡
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When I came to Provo over ten years ago, I did home visits to visit parents and kids and to have them meet me and ask questions before school started. I didn’t get paid for this, I did it on my own. I still keep in contact with many of those parents. Ten years later, this one thing those parents remember as being so positive.
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I wish I could rely on teachers nowadays to be so trustworthy. They do work for the government, and the good teachers seem to be quitting in droves.
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thank the legislature! I think if the profession was respected like it was when we were in school, than many wouldn’t be quitting in droves.
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I thank Common core. My parents were teachers, and got by. Teachers are required to teach methods and agendas they don’t believe in, and in onur specific case, work for administrators who push agendas rather than help kids.
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There are pros and cons. Not all teachers think this. Do I think there are things to improve, yes. I also believe it’s taking time to build relationships with educators at the local school.

I thank your parents for being educators. My great great grandfather was an educator and superintendent. I read articles written about him in his local newspaper – back in the early 1900s – and he was greatly respected.

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Administrators nowadays don’t have the same values they did back then.
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I agree, just like in all professions there are good and bad. Everything starts at the state house. Even the state school board don’t have a clue how to enact ridiculous laws and regulations.
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Well, that’s true. Except what is happening in education is the good teachers are tired of having their hands tied and still working for a pittance. People who want better pay for teachers are right, but they are also missing the point. Teachers are required to teach crap now. 16 teachers left my kid’s elementary school year before last year. Got a new administrator with a more pleasant personality and the same agenda. The state house gave the state school board pretty much the run, so we have an education board that does what it wants with pretty much no oversight except the parents, and they shut out the parents easily enough. Until the state legislature gets serious, the board will continue with common core because they want the funding, and teachers will continue to quit. Bad teachers will take their place, and new teachers who have been taught at the college level that common core is the bomb.
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Well, I don’t agree with a lot that was written. Money and curriculum are two things that tie directly to the legislature. If we paid more attention to who is running instead of voting for the incumbent with a certain letter after their name we would all be better off! This, of course, goes with the state school board as well.

This all affects education.

The turn over is a reality and the shortage is a reality. Instead of promoting the profession positively, then bashing it, maybe we would get people to enter it. This is all self-inflicted.

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It’s one thing to have good teachers who voluntarily go out of their way to get to know and interact with students and parents. It’s a whole other thing to have the government coerce schools through funding schemes to spy on families and report on themto the government. This is not their job nor their right. A friendly, dedicated teacher is one thing. But, once private family information is reported to the school or past that, that teacher is no longer friendly and dedicated, but a mere extension of unlawful and unwelcome government interference.
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I wonder what information they are collecting to submit to the government? Honest question.
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Conditions of the home environment. It’s the same agenda behind test questions like, “Do you have a refrigerator in your home” or “Do your parents take you to the doctor when you are sick?” Irrelevant to education. There is a battle raging worldwide between whether parents or government has authority over the children. This was the whole issue behind the Charlie Gard case in England. If government wins this battle, we have a Socialist state. If parents win this battle, we can maintain our freedom for another day.
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Started in Granite School District last year.
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The camels head is under the tent. Conditioning parents to be comfortable with this.
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EXACTLY!
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 Here is a post from a Texas anti-Common Core group:

Sorting and Ranking under Common Core/College and Career Readiness Standards is the precursor to Digital Badging.

Teachers in Texas are first for the digital badging program. Students are soon to follow.

What could possibly go wrong?

(And this post below was shared as part of the post:

An honest and difficult post to read. To me, this author exposes the problem with ranking and sorting children. I read this and thought of #Databadges, determining children’s potential based on SEL scores, setting workforce goals at a young age… it is all so subjective. And biased. And wrong. And most parents don’t know or are too busy just trying to manage a busy life to see it happening.

https://medium.com/march-for-public-education/is-a-pleasure-to-have-in-class-c3c14d0812dc

 

And here is another post from said group:

For those who still aren’t sure if we use common core as an interventionist I have access into the database for Texas State assessments that clearly show that we do.

 

Here is a post from a Colorado anti-Common Core group:

Colorado just hosted a Pro-Common Core conference, called #CoreAdvocates and some of their tweets?… wow. Parents and teachers don’t like CC bc they are afraid and illogical. CC math fails bc teachers don’t understand math. https://mobile.twitter.com/manateespir…/…/860998934906494977

Click to see tweet thread, parents, Stotsky reply, or add your own comments.
https://mobile.twitter.com/cherki…/status/861073880596623362 

 

Here is a post from a Florida anti-Common Core group:

The overwhelming goal in many Florida Districts such at St. Johns County is to maintain high test scores. Many families move to this District based on test scores. Unfortunately, too much is sacrificed in order to maintain the facade of superior educational opportunities.

If a student fails the standardized testing in 3rd grade, even if that same student excels in all class work and class tests, failure on standardized testing dictates that student is a “mandatory hold back.” I.e., the student will not be allowed to advance to 4th grade & will repeat the 3rd grade.

Teachers’ salaries are tied to students’ performance on standardized testing. Too many resources are diverted into maintaining high standardized test scores but to what end? On 5/18/12 The Washington Post wrote “Florida’s standardized testing program is being misused & has severely impacted student learning.”

So many resources are diverted into maintaining high standardized test scores, that there are woefully insufficient resources allocated to ensure School Administrators & Directors are trained in student safety programs such as SESIR & the District’s own Code of Conduct.

Clay & Duval Counties report SESIR incidents at a much higher rate than St. Johns County schools. I do not believe this is because there are fewer incidents in St. Johns County. I believe this is because such incidents are under reported based on my own recent experience with a JCE Administrator and Director, one of whom admitted she had no training in & therefore no awareness of the existence of SESIR; the other was aware she was a Mandatory Reporter but had no idea of the existence of SESIR.

The safety of children should be of paramount concern and priority. Even if the test scores were not an invalid indicator of later success, what would it matter if schools are unaware & untrained in executing their duty to keep children safe?

 

Here is a post from a California anti-Common Core group:

If you are a parent or grandparent, and don’t believe that the state is collecting data on your students hand over fist take a quick look at the creation of “CALPADS” within the “Ed Code”.

This was created as a by product of “Race To The Top” grant funding in 2009.

The fundamental problem besides the fact that they are collecting and storing student data is that “FERPA” the federal provisions to protect student data does not take into account technology.

The other huge issue here is that this “Ed Code” was written long before California created the “Student Online Personal Information Protection Act (SOPIPA) of 2015.

The state department of education is collecting data without a single reference to the rules and guidelines of SOPIPA and the SBAC testing consortium is doing the same and forwarding all data back to the Feds based on the acceptance of grant money which gets them around FERPA.

Opt out of annual statewide standardized testing to protect student data and understand there is nothing of value in the test results that can or are being used to place students.

Thank you [name withheld]! [name withheld] is a school board member in Modesto, CA.

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/codes_displayText.xhtml?lawCode=EDC&division=4.&title=2.&part=33.&chapter=10.&article 

 

Here is a post from a Massachusetts anti-Common Core group:

Another ridiculous piece of CC.

http://nyceducator.com/2017/08/close-reading-is-child-abuse.html?m=1

And here are some replies to said post:

What is close reading?

 

Close reading, in a nutshell, is reading and rereading passages to infer specific meaning. On its own, you might think, well, what’s wrong with that? After all, it’s important to understand what you are reading. The main issue is that, when this becomes the focus, it essentially kills a student’s love of reading. The goal is to focus on less books but read the ones you do more closely and to pick apart the text. Research overwhelmingly shows that the more students read, the greater their comprehension. As a parent, I want my kids to love reading and to read whatever interests them, not to pick apart books line by line.

 

Let’s be honest here. “Close” reading, like the idiotic Common Core math that dispenses with classic algorithms in favor of 20 superfluous steps, is intended to hold the best and brightest back while the “disadvantaged” catch up. The child who comprehends the meaning the first time must now go through exercises in futility for the benefit of those who need three passes to get it. Like Common Core math, they can pretend that it is for deeper understanding, but it is intended to produce equal outcomes despite unequal inputs, just like everything else liberals push.

 

Agreed! Equality is the catch phrase of liberalism. Equal misery, that’s what the socialism/communism gets you.

 

Exactly disgusting !

 

Completely agreed…it’s to artificially close the education gap between students with “privilege” and those deemed without. Engineered “equality”.

 

Here is a post from a Washington anti-Common Core group:

I have a prediction to make and it’s one that I hope to be proven wrong about. I believe the day will come when state assessment scores will be tied to some % of the teacher’s evaluation. There are lots of classroom teachers that love the Smarter Balanced Assessment and dismiss school board candidates like myself that have issues with the SBA. They say that it’s not perfect but not all evil either- which is a rather “safe” answer of them to weasel out in this debate. OSPI will be releasing scores in a week or two and we need to follow the trends. BTW- here is the basis of my prediction.

Reykdal is referenced about his thoughts on testing, per the article:
“There’s been a lot of rhetoric around Smarter Balanced in Washington, but they’re ultimately good because they’re aligned with the Common Core. There are, though, too many tests. The state should stick with Smarter Balanced and “get rid of pretty much everything else.”
All states are going to have to challenge the “last great hypocrisy” in the Every Student Succeeds Act that grants an affirmative right to opt out of tests but requires states and districts to maintain a 95 percent participation rate. Thinks states could perhaps count Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, SAT or ACT exams to hit the 95 percent target.
Thinks the examples from other states makes clear that test scores shouldn’t be tied to teacher evaluations. “I think the research is clear we’re not there yet. Maybe someday we’ll find the algorithm that works better,” he says.”

https://www.the74million.org/article/funding-crisis-charter-war-teacher-shortage-who-would-want-to-be-wa-state-schools-chief-these-five 

Looks like a school in Virginia is using skin color as a determination for honors classes.   Someone ought to tell them about Brown vs. Board of Education:  http://www.toddstarnes.com/column/school-honors-classes-will-be-decided-by-skin-color-not-intelligence 

 

Here is a post from a Texas anti-Common Core group:

We warned people this was coming it’s part of a master United Nations Unesco plan.

http://www.itemonline.com/news/local_news/hisd-trustees-approve-agreement-with-proximity-learning/article_e0afa899-e1f8-5987-b66f-a81993e5673f.html 

Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

The ACT invests $10.8 million with Ed Tech venture capital group, New Markets Venture Partners. The article states that the ACT is venturing into open online curriculum (an Obama administration global initiative tying online curriculum to Common Education Data Standards), professional credentialing (aligning teacher credentialing to Common Core objectives) and non-cognitive assessment (behavioral profiling).
https://marketbrief.edweek.org/…/act-invests-venture-capit…/

Essentially, what this means is that the SAT, ACT and others are profiting off of our children’s non-cognitive information and then using that information to control what is taught and assessed. We are no longer using education tests. We are using education ASSESSMENTS. There’s a big difference between the two.

NWEA researchers (Utah is part of NWEA) recently won an award for developing new kinds of assessments to assess social-emotional skills:

https://marketbrief.edweek.org/marketplace-k-12/act-invests-venture-capital-firm-cites-alignment-ed-tech-equity/

A Minnesota school won’t let parents opt out of the transgender indoctrination for their kids:  http://www.dailywire.com/news/19490/k-12-schools-new-gender-inclusion-policy-includes-paul-bois?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_content=062316-news&utm_campaign=benshapiro 

Here is a post from a Utah anti-Common Core group:

I have a new kindergartner this year. I just received an email stating that all new kindergartners are required to take a State mandated test upon entering and leaving kindergarten. The assessment is called KEEP. I have never heard of this. Anyone have information? Should this scare me? Am I required to have my child take this assessment? Is there a way to opt out?

From the email…

“Kindergarten is a very important year for your student. This year there is a new state mandated assessment for kindergarteners called “KEEP”. It lets us track academic progress with developmentally appropriate games. It is required that every student begin this entrance profile assessment at the beginning of the school year and repeat an exit profile exam at the end of the year. This assessment is expected to take 20-30 minutes per child and is done one on one.”

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Mandated for the schools, not the students. All state funded tests qualify for opt out.

 

Is there a form somewhere for me to take to the school to opt out of this?

 

The State Board is supposed to put one out every year. Ill have to look up this years.  It doesn’t seem to be listed on the form, however the law says all state mandated tests so you might want to add it to the form.   Sorry that was last years form. But I did find this:https://le.utah.gov/…/Title53A/Chapter15/53A-15-S2003.html     (5) A parent or legal guardian may decline participation of the parent or legal guardian’s kindergarten student in an eligible school’s kindergarten supplemental enrichment program.

Since this program administers the test –see (3). (3)(a), and (3)(a)(v) — then it makes sense that opting out of the program also includes opting out of the test.

 

It’s up to you but this test goes over their knowledge of ABC, colors, reading, math, etc. Some teachers have the parents stay and watch it. It gives them a base line to see what they have learned throughout the year. I can’t find my copy of the test but I was given one so I knew what to help my kindergartener with.

 

personally i would not have my child participate in this assessment because it assesses social/emotional skills (pg.53) & that data is entered into the Data Gateway (pg.56), so it is leaving the classroom & going to the state. the assessment itself doesn’t seem so bad, but i want that information to stay between the teacher & me, as the parent.

https://www.schools.utah.gov/…/86da295d-5b5b-43bc-83bf… (i saved this document to my computer for future reference)

like [Name withheld] said, you can decline to participate. if it’s not added to the Opt Out Form, i think just writing a letter stating that you want to decline would be enough.

more info on the Data Gateway: https://www.schools.utah.gov/data/data

 

Apparently the name “Lynch” is so politically incorrect that two schools in Oregon have removed it from their name:  http://www.kgw.com/news/education/lynch-removed-from-name-of-two-centennial-schools/463293264 

 

Stanford University has a course on “eliminating whiteness”:  http://bit.ly/2hW5v4U

 

More info on psychological profiling being done on students at schools:  https://emilytalmage.com/2017/07/14/the-real-reason-your-child-is-being-psychologically-profiled-at-school/ 

 

Here is a post from a New York anti-Common Core group:

I pulled my child out of public school 3 years ago and sent him to a non common core Christian school. He takes the Terra Nova tests at the end of the year. I have always received the results in early July. The school has informed us that NYS has taken the test results and the school doesn’t have the results.
The school takes no federal or state money. They no longer give regents exams. The students will graduate with a local not NYS diploma.
What right does the State have to my childs test results and withholding them from the school? Is there anything I can do?

 

And here are some replies to said post:

Wow. Talk about overreach

 

I am going to ask my principal. Maybe because last year the test changed? I thought they made it common core based? You are lucky to take them at end of the year! My kids do in October and I think it is so unfair because there is material they haven’t learned yet.

 

Actually when you take terranovas in October it is usually the prior years level.

 

I’m not sure. This year my daughter was in 3 grade and there was division on it. She didn’t learn that until mid year.

 

I guess it depends on yourschool and state. Here in NYC catholic schools they give the cc version of terranova in oct but it is the prior years work to see how well you retained what you learned. At one time they offered a non cc version of terranova. I just went to terranova website, funny, they took the words CC off of everything

 

local diploma doesn’t exist anymore

 

Yes there is

 

You can only get a local diploma if you are a student with IEP

 

and even then it’s not an actual diploma – thus the fight for that as well

 

A local diploma absolutely exists in NYS & it is 100% an actual diploma. It is open to both spec ed students as well as gen ed students. You should be careful not to disseminate information that is not accurate

 

My school has local diploma we are private-independent non common-core. Regents are optional.

 

It’s still an option all over the state! I posted it above and I also posted the 33 page document on how to get a diploma

 

Isn’t that crazy…a 33 page document! Let that sink in.

12 years, pass each grade assessed along the way…can’t trust that learning actually occurred must muddy the rules with 33 PAGES of hoops.

 

There is a Pathways group to navigate how convoluted the process has become…

 

Terra Nova 3 is the ‘transition’ test to full CC-aligned tests, and TN does have those now as well. My daughter took TN3 in her Catholic school in CT….we did get the results, and it clearly has ‘Common Core’ listed on the top of the page (even though the principal repeatedly told me, ‘We don’t do CC!!” You should get test results back. Go on the TN website and call your region’s rep and ask them about this…..

 

Here is a post from a Colorado anti-Common Core group:

USDOE doesn’t like Colorado’s law that protects opt outs. USDOE objected to several elements in Colorado’s ESSA state plan, including opt out. Tell us again how ESSA supports local control. /Sarc
ESSA is supposed to leave accountability up to the states, right?

https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2017/08/14/feds-to-colorado-you-must-count-students-who-opt-out-of-standardized-tests/ 

 

And another post from said group:

I have a weird question and I’m wondering if anyone can help me out or point me in the right direction.

New school year=New bullshit to deal with.
My family refuses all standardized testing, but last year my kids got tested or “assessed” on Galileo. I was told it was to see if the kids were actually retaining anything they learned. To me it just seems like more bullshit unnecessary testing.

I just need a list of ALL Colorado testing. From the most stupid of test to the big bad daddies. So when I rewrite my refusal this year, they can’t try and weasel around it.

And if none of you know about this, can you direct me to someone who does?

 

The bottom line is that your school will add as many of their own assessments as they choose beyond the state required ones. You should contact your school and ask for a detailed list of any and all assessments they will give per grade (as they may differ). And I’m your refusal specify that your child is not allowed to take ANY online assessment, test, or benchmark without prior parental consent. Additionally i would speak personally with the teacher and explain your expectation as per this, as well as I would explain to your child that he/she can and must tell the school to call you if they feel they are being tested. Sadly you Have to come at it in many directions. The Teacher can be your best assets if handheld kindly, and clear expectations.

 

Thank you so much! I didn’t think to add a contact addendum to my refusal letter about all testing questions!

 

The teacher is the first person to ask what assessments (including online hidden/embedded “personalized” assessments) are used. The teacher can be the first line of defense, if the teacher is aware of your concerns and respects your wishes. Interesting partners with Galileo. http://ati-online.com/

 

can you ask for a copy of the school’s contract with Galileo? (if they have a contract with the school, by law they have to provide you a copy and also tell you data points collected and how shared.) I don’t see a privacy policy posted for Galileo–which is odd. Unless I am missing it, this is all I see. http://ati-online.com/ati/privacypolicy.php

 

You have found more than I have! It’s very complicated to navigate around all that. All these websites seem to be hiding information, being very secretive! The thing is, all it does for our school is to dumb down/slow down all the proper teachings that should be happening because not all kids are up at the same place/pace as the rest of the class. Honestly they (schools) cater and coddle these kids too much. Back in the day if you didn’t know what you should have, you went to summer school. And if you still couldn’t figure it out you repeated that grade.

 

I am against state testing, but I like MAPS testing. It shows the growth of the student. Important!

 

If technology is accurate and transparent, it can be helpful and can be one option in the tool box. However, many have said these online apps are still not great at measuring or predicting. Do you know, if a parent asks, does MAPS show data elements collected and who shared with? I would love for a parent to ask to see their child’s data collected and analyzed via MAPS.

 

sorry. I don’t mean final score. I mean the key-stroke data collected, pages visited, the actual data points (algorithms used to analyze and predict) and which sub contractors have access to this data. The first place to start is the contract with the school/district.

 

Kudos to these families in West Virginia for standing up to the gender benders:   http://familypolicyalliance.com/issues/2017/08/15/families-stop-gender-identity-ordinance-west-virginia/

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