House Bill 1496: Remove Requirement for SMARTER Balanced Testing Regimen

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Last Updated: March 27, 2014
House Bill 1496: Remove Requirement for SMARTER Balanced Testing Regimen
Sponsors:
Representative J.R. Hoell
Summary:

House Bill 1496 would remove the requirement for schools to implement the Common Core-aligned SMARTER Balance testing regimen. The bill would also prohibit schools from administering tests where the privacy of student data is not guaranteed.

HSLDA's Position:
Support.
Action Requested:
None at this time
Status:
1/8/2014 (House) Introduced and Referred to Education Committee
1/29/2014 (House) Public Hearing Scheduled: 2/4/2014 10:30 AM LOB 207
2/11/2014 (House) Subcommittee Work Session: 2/18/2014 9:00 AM LOB 207
3/7/2014 (House) Committee Report: Refer to Interim Study
3/25/2014 (House) Motion Adopted: Special Order to March 26
3/26/2014 (House) Motion Adopted: Refer to Interim Study
Background:

Although Common Core is ostensibly a program of voluntary cooperation among states to create one set of content standards for all public schools in the whole country, HSLDA has grave concerns about this program, and more and more organizations are lining up to oppose it.

It’s touted as a program of “voluntary cooperation” among states: in fact, states are getting fistfuls of federal money to ditch their own carefully developed standards and embrace a national standard. It’s touted as being academically sound: in fact, it’s a “dumbing down” of standards that individual states already have. And while Common Core currently only applies to public schools, HSLDA’s long history of fighting against a national, one-size-fits-all approach to what children learn is due to our concerns that homeschoolers would one day be forced to use the same curriculum that all other school children are using. In fact, there is discussion of aligning tests that homeschoolers take (like the SAT) to the Common Core, which would pressure homeschool parents to align their homeschool curriculum to what public school students are being taught. In addition, some of the supporters of the Common Core’s central databases are already discussing expanding their program to include the personal data of homeschool students.

Proponents talk about Common Core as a spontaneous movement of individual states working under the auspices of the National Governor’s Association. But through the Federal Department of Education’s Race to the Top program, federal education dollars are used to lure states to adopt the Common Core and this gives more power over the drafting of educational standards that will be used in schools all across the United States to federal education bureaucrats who are far removed from the parents and teachers at the local level.

For generations, Americans believed that Washington, D.C. should stay out of what local elementary school children learn. But Common Core threatens this historic tradition.

For more reasons to oppose the Common Core click here.

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