Senate Bill 2154: Creates a Common Core Task Force

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Senate Bill 2154: Creates a Common Core Task Force
Sponsors:
Senators Jeff Van Drew, Robert Gordon, Raymond Lesniak,Kevin O'Toole, Paul Sarlo, Richard Codey, Michael Doherty
Summary:

The purpose of this bill is to establish an Education Reform Review Task Force that will review the implementation of Common Core state standards in English-language arts and math, the use of PARCC assessments, issues related to the use of student data, and current teacher evaluation methods. 

Who will the task force be comprised of?

The 15-member task force will be comprised of: (1) the Commissioner of Education, (2) eight members appointed by the governor based on recommendations from various education associations, (3) three public members appointed by the Senate president—a public school parent, a language arts education expert, and a math education expert, (4) three public members appointed by the speaker of the Assembly—with the same qualifications as those chosen in (3).

Appointments to the task force will be made within 30 days of the effective date of this legislation, and the members will serve without compensation (allowances made for necessary expenditures incurred).

The task force will assign a chairperson and organize no more than 60 days after member appointments.

The Department of Education will also provide assistance and professional staff to assist the committee in their work.

What will the task force do?

The taskforce will evaluate implementation of Common Core standards in English-language arts and math. It will also evaluate the use of PARCC assessments, implementation of teacher evaluation systems, and issues related to the use of student data.

What will be in the Common Core evaluation?

A description of actions that the state has taken to implement Common Core standards.

A comparison of Common Core standards with prior education standards.

An estimate of the cost of Common Core implementation.

An analysis of assessment results from the 2012-2013 school year across various racial/ethnic groups.

An estimate of the costs that school districts will incur when administering PARCC assessments, future costs of administering PARCC, and a comparison of PARCC student time demand with current state assessments.

The feasibility of non-standardized test assessments to assess student, school, and district progress toward meeting state standards.

The number of districts that use commercially available vs. locally developed teacher and principle evaluation rubrics, as well as the costs incurred during implementation and development of evaluations.

A statistical analysis that compares teacher and principle evaluations with student growth in the same year.

An evaluation of issues that relate to the use and data mining of student and family personal data. This will include consideration of a student's right to privacy, learning disabilities, behavior, political and religious affiliation, and medical history.

What will happen once the evaluation is completed?

Before the issuing of the final report, the task force will hold four public hearings with at least one hearing in the northern, central, and southern regions of the state.  The hearings will help the task force gather information relating to the above-listed criteria of evaluation. The final report will then be issued to the legislature and governor no later than a year after the task force convenes.

HSLDA's Position:
Support.
Action Requested:

Please go to this link for talking points and a sample letter to your legislators for state action against the Common Core.

Status:

6/9/2014 Introduced, 1st Reading without Reference, 2nd Reading

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HSLDA e-lert June 25, 2014: "Call Now to Challenge Common Core, An Emerging Threat to Homeschool Freedom"