Alabama Bill Would Repeal Common Core
An Alabama Representative has introduced a bill that would repeal the Alabama College and Career Ready Standards, which are Alabama’s Common Core. The bill must first pass the House Education Committee before it moves on to the full House.
California Pilots Science Assessment Despite Federal Dispute
California is giving students a pilot science exam based on the newly adopted NGSS. Although the state petitioned the federal government to stop giving its older assessment in favor of the pilot test, that request was denied. The government stated that the state would be in violation of ESSA if it only gave the pilot test. Both sides currently acknowledge that the issue is unresolved.
Indiana Sends Assessment Legislation to Governor
The Indiana legislature passed a bill to replace ISTEP with ILEARN, a new statewide assessment. The bill also creates new methods for meeting state graduation requirements, which would be finalized by the State BOE. If signed by the governor, the bill would take effect with the 2018-2019 school year.
Maryland Awards Assessment Contract to Measured Progress
Measured Progress will produce Maryland’s high school assessments in Science and Government for the next six years. The online assessment platform will be provided by eMetric.
Nebraska Science Draft Available for Public Comment
The Nebraska Department of Education has released a draft of its new science standards, which were written based on a review of standards from other states and the National Research Council’s NGSS. The standards are available on the state DOE site. A final vote on the standards is expected in September.
New York Moving Forward with Common Core Replacement Standards
The New York Board of Regents will be presented with the latest draft of the state’s new ELA and Math standards at its meeting this month, with a final vote expected at their June meeting. Although over half of the standards will change, the “anchor standards” of Common Core will remain. The drafts remain open for public comment through June 2. Assessments will not change until at least 2018.
Oregon to Replace SBAC for High School
Oregon will replace SBAC with a “nationally recognized assessment” in high school beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Students in grades 3-8 will continue to take the SBAC assessment. A replacement test for high school has not yet been selected.
South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds SBAC Membership
The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld a decision that affirms the state’s membership in SBAC. The suit alleged that the state needed constitutional approval in order to join the consortium. The decision could be appealed as far as the Supreme Court.
Wyoming Seeks Public Input on Math Draft
The Wyoming Department of Education is holding public meetings to gain input on a new draft of math standards. Additional comments can be posted online through the end of May.
Online Assessment Report and Planning Tool from CoSN
A new report from CoSN shows the history and current environment of online assessments, including best practices and opportunities in the industry. CoSN has also released a new online assessment planning tool to assist with creating online assessments.
NAEP Shows Students Score Low in Visual Arts, Music
For the third time since 1997, the NAEP exam tested eighth graders in visual arts and music, and found very little change since 2008. The exam measured creative abilities, as well as the ability to “understand and interpret historical pieces of art and music.”
SBAC Introduces Online Calculator
The SBAC assessment will include an online calculator beginning this fall. The calculator, developed by Desmos, will replace the need for a graphic calculator for students taking the high school exams.
PARCC, SBAC Choose New Leadership
PARCC and SBAC have chosen new leadership groups going forward. PARCC has chosen the New Meridian Group, maintain and administer the PARCC assessments beginning in July. SBAC will begin using UC-Santa Cruz’s Silicon Valley Extension for its operations in June.