The Origins of Local Control in Public Education

Here is some great historical background about how local control was rooted into Public Education.  The Homestead Act was a huge part of the expansion of public education that embedded the local control we have today. http://homesteadcongress.blogspot.com/2008/04/public-education.html There was also the “Ordinance for the Western Territory” This Ordinance is usually referred to in history books … More The Origins of Local Control in Public Education

Need Parent Feedback on ESSA Consolidated Plan- Accountability components

As mentioned before, OSPI will be holding a second round of the public comment late in the Spring. https://wapie.wordpress.com/2017/04/13/state-essa-workgroups-reconvening-for-phase-2-not-about-common-core/ http://www.k12.wa.us/ESEA/ESSA/AccountabilitySystem/pubdocs/ESSAStakeholderFeedbackSummary.pdf To reiterate how they have set this up: The ESSA Consolidated Plan draft is the planning document that outlines how Washington will implement the law. The plan outlines six core concepts in Washington’s plan to … More Need Parent Feedback on ESSA Consolidated Plan- Accountability components

Compiling New Evidence Against The Common Core

Now that we are 7 years into the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and related Assessments- we are charged with providing new evidence on where Common Core fails (and even harms!) our children in the HERE and NOW.  This blog post attempts to summarize the smoking guns and set us up with additional … More Compiling New Evidence Against The Common Core

Are Class of 2018 Juniors required to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment?

Must juniors take the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in order to graduate with a diploma?  The short answer is, yes, under certain conditions.   The State Board of Education has a mandated minimum score in the Level 2 range for high school graduation (see article link below at the end). A sophomore that has attained … More Are Class of 2018 Juniors required to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment?

A Mom Shares How Test Prep is Causing Missed Classroom Instruction

A Mom began writing us and explains on March 9th, “I am frustrated right now as my daughter came home and told me her school’s technology teacher let her get on Chromebooks early because she was being opted out and even said this in front of class.  By the way, she started prepping her 3rd … More A Mom Shares How Test Prep is Causing Missed Classroom Instruction

Parents have the right to see their child’s SBA questions and responses

If you are a parent whose child took the Smarter Balanced Assessment in 2015 or 2016 or even 2017 before you knew you either could Opt Out or even wanted to Opt Out and later joined our cause- there is a process to SEE YOUR CHILD’S TEST! We need parents to hold OSPI accountable for … More Parents have the right to see their child’s SBA questions and responses

Washington State rated second-worst in the nation for Chronic Absenteeism. Seriously- is it that simple?

OSPI has issued a news release that based upon their examination of data, Washington State was recently ranked second-worst in the nation for its number of chronically absent students! http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2017/AttendanceAbsenteeism.aspx Is it really that simple?  What are the root causes and how can they know without tracking every single student for every single absence in all … More Washington State rated second-worst in the nation for Chronic Absenteeism. Seriously- is it that simple?

State ESSA Workgroups reconvening for Phase 2 (not about Common Core)

Please be sure to sign our coalition letter as we try to put more pressure on OSPI about Common Core. https://wapie.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/wa-state-coalition-letter/ Here is the announcement info about OSPI convening their workgroups for Phase 2 of developing the state ESSA plan for submission in September. http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/PressReleases2017/ESSA-Workgroups.aspx New ESSA Resources OSPI has reorganized the ESSA webpage as … More State ESSA Workgroups reconvening for Phase 2 (not about Common Core)

Performance Task for the 2015-2016 SBA Performance Results

Do you remember Kramer’s Coffee Table Book about coffee tables in Seinfeld?  Well here is the Performance Task about measuring SBA proficiency performance. Download the following Calc tool: 2015 & 2016 SBA District Results_Calc Tool – Copy Go to the OSPI Report Card for your district and school. Enter in the numbers. See the results … More Performance Task for the 2015-2016 SBA Performance Results