Category Archives: Assessment Administration

A Teacher’s Professional Conscience: Objecting to the Assessments

I have had the immense fortune of being able to be in front of children for 25 years, as of this year, as a teacher in many different capacities. It truly humbles me to know that for 25 years, parents … Continue reading

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A Heartfelt Expression of Concerns

Last fall a mother shared some information with me in an email she had sent. I recently saw this mother. I asked and received permission to post the text of a letter. SB 6030 and SB 6122 are mentioned. Even … Continue reading

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Opt Out Season is Upon Us

Assessment season is here.  That signals the beginning of the Opt Out season.  Interested parents may want to read the Opt Out Info page. The Network for Public Education (NPE) Calls for a National Opt Out.  The NPE is supporting … Continue reading

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Parents Try Common Core Math

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Alternatives to SAT/ACT to be Available

The claims that ACT and SAT are aligned with the Common Core State Standards has had some parents, including homeschool parents, across the country hoping for alternative college entrance exams. It appears there is one alternative ready for students to … Continue reading

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Labeling Students: Not College and Career Ready

For years it seemed like there was a major move away from labeling students.  We may be back to labeling students.  Students now may be labeled “College and Career Ready” or “Not College and Career Ready”.   Will labeling a student … Continue reading

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Introduction to data mining our kids

Moms Alyson Williams, Jenni White, Alisa Ellis and Christel Swasey, of Utah and Oklahoma, chat in a Google Hangout about their concerns and experiences with government data mining children without parental consent. This also appears on Common Core: Education Without Representation.

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SBAC: Quagmire of Poor Technological Design

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  In the last 10 years, so many changes have taken place in education it is hard to keep up with everything.  And the changes just keep coming at an every quickening pace.  Assessments have changed and continue to change … Continue reading

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ECAA Talking Points

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American Principles in Acton’s talking points about the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) are posted below.  You can download the four page pdf file by clicking here:  ECAA Talking Points. It appears ECAA is scheduled to be heard on the … Continue reading

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What Ails Nevada? Starvation?

I would rather ask, “What Ales Nevada?” but that would quench a thirst and not satisfy the driven need to consume vast quantities of data, much of which is indigestible. What in the world am I talking about? There are … Continue reading

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