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Colorado COLLECTS PERSONAL, IDENTIFIABLE information on students and shares that data. See their policy on sharing that data here. Watch CDE's Dan Domagala explain how CDE collects a "Golden Record" of data on each child, sharing personal data with Dept. of Social Services, Dept. of Corrections, Labor and Higher Ed, tracking them from pre-k through the workforce. Why are we profiling our children and why are we allowing others to profit from this?
"It is time to demand action from the General Assembly to repeal the statute" that led to Colorado committing to use of language arts and math tests being prepared by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Read More
Indiana Governor Pence Signs Bill to End Common Core Standards
Shane Vander Hart on March 24, 2014 Truth in American Education ...developing academic standards that are written by Hoosiers, for Hoosiers, and are uncommonly high" Read More
NY terminates contract with inBloom data collection April 2, 2014
"... we will not store any student data with inBloom and we have directed inBloom to securely delete the non-identifiable data that has been stored," department spokesman Tom Dunn said. The statement is an acknowledgement of recently passed state legislation that prohibits the state from giving student data to inBloom or other vendors to store and manage. Read More
American Fedeartion of Teachers SHUNS GATES FUNDING
March 10, 2014 the American Federation of Teachers ended a five-year relationship with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation after rank-and-file union members expressed deep distrust of the foundation’s approach to education reform. AFT President Randi Weingarten told Morning Education the union will no longer accept Gates money for its Innovation Fund, which was founded in 2009 and has received up to $1 million a year in Gates grants ever since. Read More
College Board, ACT sued over sale of student information
A lawsuit was filed against the SAT and ACT for selling, identifying and confidential data of students to colleges they sell identifying information about the hundreds of thousands of teenagers who take the exams each year without the students' consent. Read More
Call for congressional hearings on standardized testing
By Valerie Strauss Washington Post March 4
Education historian and activist Diane Ravitch just called for congressional hearings on the misuse and abuse of standardized tests used for high-stakes purposes — and she got some unexpected support. Joining Diane Ravitch, Anthony Cody, Arne Duncan’s former communications director, Peter Cunningham, and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, all CALLING FOR CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS. Read More
The Network for Public Education issued a call for congressional hearings into the overuse and abuse of tests in our schools. TOOLKIT for contacting your congressman asking to suppport congressional hearings. Read More
SEVEN United States Senators have joined with 42 United States House of Representatives to ask the U.S. Department of Education to repeal Common Core across the nation. Anti-Common Core resolution coming to U.S. Senate. Read More
2014 Common Core Legislation Round-Up (9th Update) 40 states with legislation delaying or opposing. Read More
What States (17) Have Pulled Out of their Common Core Assessment Consortium?
State that have pulled out of their Assessment Kentucky, Utah, Oklahoma, Georgia, Alabama, Indiana, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Florida States Actively Considering Withdrawing Michigan, North Carolina, Iowa, States that never joined Virginia, Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota. Read More
An update on Colorado legislation
HB14-1376 Buckner, Fields, Kagan was introduced last week to track minorities.This bill is data mining and tracking, disguised as making sure we educate minorities. As you know, Colorado links personal identifiable information of students and shares it with Dept of social services, labor, corrections, higher ed and third party Vendors. Now this bill will profile minorities. (TS Gold already profiles low income. It tracks toddlers — but only the kids in Government subsidized programs/headstart. The rich preschoolers don't get tracked. yet.) Vote no on this bill to be heard April 23 upon adjournment.
HB14-1294 is bill to address student data privacy, passed the House. This bill asks to revert back to 1974 FERPA; an amendment was added to stop the sale of data and does not allow for parental consent or opt-out and does not prohibit the sharing of data.
HB14-1202 will study all assessments district and state level, including PARCC-passed the house. We are trying to amend and add a 1 year delay of PARCC in the Senate. Contact your senator!
HB14-1039 is still a terrible bill, asking to link pre-k data. Killed in committee March 31.
SB14-136 asking for 1 year Common Core and PARCC delay/study was killed in committee 4-3, Democrats voted against it, along party lines after CRYING during the 7 hour testimony and agreeing with much of the bill. There were 6 pages of lobbyists against this bill. See Records
COMMISSIONER ROBERT HAMMOND, COLORADO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, is commissioning a study on district and state assessments, INCLUDING PARCC TEST, due to concern of over testing and misuse of standardized tests. THIS STUDY IS DONE BY WestEd who has a conflict interest. Results reported at Grand Junction BOE meeting in May.
WESTED RECEIVED NEARLY $3 MILLION FROM BILL GATES
WESTED PRESIDENT, RABINOWITZ, WAS ON COMMON CORE VALIDATION COMMITTEE
WESTED PRESIDENT, RABINOWITZ, WROTE A PAPER IN FAVOR OF NEXT GENERATION REFORM
WESTED PRESIDENT, RABINOWITZ, ALSO SITS ON THE SMARTER BALANCED TESTING COMMITTEE.