Idaho has proposed a Tiered Licensure rule that potentially ties a teacher’s license to student test scores and local evaluations. To bribe teachers to accept this bad idea, an ‘increased’ teacher salary would also be tied to these evaluations. Tiered licensure is bad for kids, taxpayers, and teachers.
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Recently Idaho State Department Chief of Staff, Luci Willits, announced in an interview with Idaho Ed News that the state is renaming the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s (SBAC’s) exam as “Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) 2.0”
I wrote Ms. Willits over this issue as I felt the name was inappropriate and misleading. In my letter I evaluated why I feel the rebranding is a poor decision; namely that the new name conveys that the exam is assessing the old Idaho Content Standards, not the new Common Core Standards, and that the new name perhaps conveys that Idaho has left the Consortium, which isn’t true.
Ms. Willits was kind enough to provide a timely reply to my email today. Her response, in full, is posted below. Continue reading
Recently Idaho State Department of Education Chief of staff, Luci Willits, declared in an interview with Idaho Ed News that the state is rebranding the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) as the “ISAT 2.0.”
I have a problem with this name-change for a variety of reasons. I sent a letter laying out my concern about the name change to Ms. Willits. My letter, in full, is below. Continue reading
The new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has been taking a lot of heat during the legislative session recently. District superintendents recently met with the State Department of Ed to push back against the test, and even a State Senator has been vocal about his opposition to the assessment.
Idahoans for Local Education recently launched an Opt Out movement for SBAC and ISAT in Idaho. Stephanie Zimmerman, point person on the project, listed the rationale for taking such an action including: Continue reading
By Levi B Cavener
The semester is drawing to a close for many secondary schools, including my own, across the state during the next few weeks. With this closing comes the ritualistic ceremony of the dreaded end of course exam.