March 7, 2014
The legislative session for the year came to a close today at the Capitol. The following is an update on the issues/bills we were following but did not know the final outcome on yet:
SF12- died in committee. This bill had an amendment to prevent the State Board from signing Wyoming into any programs or partnerships that would cede control to multi-state programs, like the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The bill also would have added language to the State Board’s role preventing them from ceding any control to the Federal government.
SF79- was on data privacy. The amendment that would direct parental consent that we hoped would pass was stripped. The final bill became Senate Enrolled Act 66 and can be viewed here
SF91- became Senate Enrolled Act 64 and will set up a data privacy task force to study the data issues this year. You can see the enrolled act here
Thank you again for all of you efforts in this legislative session.
March 6, 2014
Standardized tests (assessments) are used in every Wyoming school district to measure student growth. PAWS and SAWS are state mandated tests for reading, writing, math and science. Many other assessments are used by school districts such as MAP and DIBELS. There is a general opt-out form for families to use to opt their students out of assessments. Please keep in mind that every district is different, and their response and/or accommodation to the form may vary.
PAWS testing is expected to take most students 10 hours to complete and will be administered starting this month. The Smarter Balance Field Test will add an additional 7 hours to testing for students whose schools are volunteering this Spring. If you would like to see if your district is participating, please click here
March 2, 2014
It has come to the attention of Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core that an amendment effecting early childhood education was attached to the 2014 Budget. This amendment is very similar to
HB26 (early childhood programs) which failed to receive the necessary 2/3 introduction vote in the Wyoming House of Representatives. WCOCC opposes this amendment (HB0001H2033) because it allocates funds to the Director of Family Services to coordinate efforts between four state agencies to coordinate early childhood learning. The amendment also appropriates $1,000,000.00 over 2 years to the Department of Family Services. $335,000.00 is allocated to develop and support a local early childhood education and development system. Parents, who know their children best, need to make the decision on when to begin formal schooling. This topic needs to be debated as a bill and not passed as an amendment to the budget.
PLEASE EMAIL THE MEMBERS OF THE WYOMING SENATE BEFORE 7am MONDAY
Copy and paste the following Senator emails in the BCC:
Jim.Anderson.SD02@wyoleg.gov; Jim.Anderson.SD28@wyoleg.gov; Paul.Barnard@wyoleg.gov; Eli.Bebout@wyoleg.gov; Bruce.Burns@wyoleg.gov; Cale.Case@wyoleg.gov; Leland.Christensen@wyoleg.gov; Hank.Coe@wyoleg.gov; Stan.Cooper@wyoleg.gov; Bernadine.Craft@wyoleg.gov; Dan.Dockstader@wyoleg.gov; Ogden.Driskill@wyoleg.gov; Fred.Emerich@wyoleg.gov; Floyd.Esquibel@wyoleg.gov; Gerald.Geis@wyoleg.gov; John.Hastert@wyoleg.gov; Larry.Hicks@wyoleg.gov; John.Hines@wyoleg.gov; Wayne.Johnson@wyoleg.gov; Bill.Landen@wyoleg.gov; Curt.Meier@wyoleg.gov; Phil.Nicholas@wyoleg.gov; Leslie.Nutting@wyoleg.gov; Drew.Perkins@wyoleg.gov; Ray.Peterson@wyoleg.gov; Tony.Ross@wyoleg.gov; Chris.Rothfuss@wyoleg.gov; John.Schiffer@wyoleg.gov; Charles.Scott@wyoleg.gov; Michael.VonFlatern@wyoleg.gov
Suggested Subject Line: Please oppose HB0001H2033 Early Childhood Programs
The House of Representatives did NOT pass the introduction of a general file bill on Early Childhood Education (HB26) and a similar one (HB81) was withdrawn. However, there is an attempt to get this same intent passed through an amendment on the budget bill. PLEASE DO NOT ALLOW HB0001H2033- Early Childhood Programs to pass on the budget bill!
February 27, 2014
Today was an encouraging day in Cheyenne. Two amendments passed that will help make progress on Taking Back Wyoming Education. These are small steps, but still steps nonetheless.
Representatives Teeters and Winters brought an amendment to SF12 that will help prevent the SBE from participation in any multi-state organizations that would cede any control over education in Wyoming. (SF0012H3001)
Representatives Hutchings, Wilson and Hunt brought an amendment to SF79 that added language regarding data privacy. (SF0079H3002)
Both amendments passed the 3rd reading in the House and will now go to Conference Committee.
The Senate will likely hear the amendment tomorrow that prevents Wyoming from adopting the Next Generation Science Standards for at least the next two years. If you haven’t yet emailed the Senate, please see the previous post and do so before 9am tomorrow morning.
Just Released- October 4, 2013:
The Truth About the WDE Timeline
The Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) published and distributed Memorandum 2013-099 to all District Superintendents and Principals throughout the state on August 14, 2013. The following 10 points refer to discrepancies between what WDE claims and what original source documents establish as facts regarding the implementation of common core. We provide both so you can be the judge.
- 1) WDE says that the common core Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) “allows” Wyoming to participate. Then why does the MOA itself say it “commits” Wyoming to the “adoption of” common core (CCSS)? Signing a legal document that commits WY to a process that leads to common core is much different than simply allowing WY to participate in the process because a commitment is a binding agreement.
- 2) WDE says, “the state could leave the process at any time.” So where in the MOA is the clause allowing WY to leave? WY voluntarily entered into this commitment, but upon signing the MOA, WY was committed. If there is no exit clause, WY simply cannot exit.
- 3) State law gives authority to set educational standards to the Wyoming State Board of Education (SBE). Why then, without any authority, did Gov. Freudenthal and Sup. McBride commit WY to standards, especially when those standards weren’t even released yet? Two individuals, without authority from parents and citizens of WY, should not commit our children to national standards that weren’t even finalized.
- 4) WDE says that common core sets standards and doesn’t affect curriculum. Why then, does WDE itself state that Wyoming “must” “align curriculum materials and instructional methods to CCSS?” The claim that there is still local control over what is taught is true so long as what is taught aligns with CCSS. Does that sound like local control? WDE is clearly saying CCSS controls curriculum materials and instructional methods. To prove it, can a teacher choose to teach curriculum that doesn’t align with common core? No. And, there’s your answer.
It is plain to see that omissions, word changes, and a distinct shortage of the “whole truth” characterize the message of state officials “informing” the public about the path of education in Wyoming. Come now…if this much must be hidden about the Common Core State Standards Initiative, citizens should be beyond wary. Let us inform our Superintendents and Principals of the facts behind the WDE timeline. Let us demand integrity in this process, retention of complete control over education in Wyoming, and standards truly befitting of our children, the most precious of any resource.
For full document and detailed original source documentation Click Here
For the WDE timeline Click Here
Restoring Excellence to Education
Amy Edmonds tells how policies such as those found in the Common Core Standards [Common Core] have been promoted historically and here in Wyoming.
She reminds us that centralized micromanagement fails to increase scores on achievement tests. Further, she calls to mind the simple truth that letting good teachers do their jobs increases academic growth. [Read More...]
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