Standards and Assessment News | April 1

 

Florida Bills Could Reduce Testing

A bill in the Florida Senate could eliminate some end-of-course exams for high school students, leaving only Algebra I and Biology. The bill would also require finding alternatives to statewide assessments, such as the SAT or ACT. The House version of the bill would move all statewide assessments to the last three weeks of the year, without actually eliminating any exams. Learn more; More Here

 

Illinois Reports Delay in Science Assessment Results

Although the test was taken in the spring of 2016, students will have to wait until the summer of 2017 for the results of the Science assessment. This was the first year for the Science exam. There were issues with the implementation of the exam and budget issues caused a delay in the scoring. Next year’s scores should be available much sooner. Learn more

 

Iowa DOE Required to Select New Assessment

The Iowa Senate approved a measure to allow the DOE to search for a new statewide assessment. The state’s current assessment does not comply with federal requirements and could put the state’s federal funding in jeopardy. The DOE must issue an RFP by the end of April, and the new assessment must be implemented by the 2018-2019 school year. Learn more

 

Kentucky House Votes to Repeal Common Core

The Kentucky House has voted to repeal the Common Core, passing a bill that has already made it through the Kentucky Senate. The new bill requires review of state standards every six years, and new standards must be implemented within two years of adoption. The bill also allows school districts to develop their own teacher evaluation methods. The bill now returns to the Senate for approval of two changes made by the House. Final votes are expected by the end of March. Learn more; More Here

 

Louisiana Approves New Science Standards

Louisiana has approved new Science standards, which will be implemented in the 2018-2019 school year. The new standards require students to study topics more in depth instead of studying a wider range of topics. The standards document also includes wording from the Science Education Act, which allows debates on controversial topics. Learn more

 

Tennessee Changes Teacher Evaluations Again

The Tennessee State Department of Education is changing its method of evaluating teachers because of last year’s eventual cancellation of some of the TNReady exams due to a massive outage. The new proposal would make the few TNReady scores only count for 10% of teacher evaluations this year, rising to 15-20% next year. Because of the cancellation, teachers can only be evaluated based on two years of scores instead of three as required by the current rule. Learn more

 

Washington Approves New Arts Standards

Washington has approved new arts standards that include dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts. The new standards are based on the National Core Arts Standards. No implementation date has been given. Learn more; More Here

 

West Virginia Bill Removes Any Remains of Common Core

Although the Common Core was replaced in 2015, a new Senate bill addresses the concerns that the new WV standards are still too similar to the Common Core. The bill originally would have required the state to use the California Math standards from 1997 and the Massachusetts ELA standards from 2001. However, the final version that passed the state Senate only required that West Virginia educators be involved in the periodic review. Learn more; More Here

 

Wyoming DOE Begins Review of Math Standards

The Wyoming Department of Education has begun a search for residents to participate in a committee to review the state’s Math standards. The committee will likely meet through 2018. Learn more