Yet Another TEST for your child: SBAC Field Testing Piloted in Wyoming

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Children across our state will soon be taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Field Test!  This is a “test of the test” and in addition to PAWS and other tests that take time away from academics.   It puts this valuable learning time toward a for-profit company on a test that we may never see again.  Although Common Core has been adopted by the State, SBAC has not.  The legislature refused to approve funds for SBAC in their interim committee meetings this fall due to tremendous grassroots opposition.

(See list below if your child’s school is participating)

Schools may administer the Field Test over multiple days. Because the Field Test is a “test of the test” that will result in some questions being revised or dropped, students will not receive scores.

STUDENTS WILL NOT RECEIVE SCORES

The SBAC field test will require approximately ten 45-minute testing sessions, approximately 8 hours,  which translates into multiple days of teachers administering unapproved experimental field tests to our children instead of teaching subject matter to them.  Teachers want, need, and deserve time to do their jobs well, not just administer tests – especially experimental ones. 

Opting out is legal in Wyoming

Parents have a right to Opt-Out of this test as well as the other nationally funded test given across our country by both SBAC and PARCC.  Parents across our country are choosing to exercise their parental rights and opt their children out.  Ed Moynihanarent, a parent in Worcester, Massachusetts said, “I didn’t sign her up to be a lab rat. I’m sending her to be the public schools to be taught, and testing is not teaching.”

Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core have provided this form to use when opting out of this and any other state mandated standardized test.

There are several reasons to assert your rights and Opt-Out.

1) Protect student data that will eventually be put into a national database (SLDS).  This is NOT the same information that has always been gathered on our children.

2) Protect kids from undue stress.

3) Allow the students to do additional learning and something educational rather than spending HOURS testing.

4) Send a message that parents have the control and know what’s best for their child.

5) Allow teachers to use their professional judgement in where that student is academically and not rely on or pigeon-hole a child with a number.

Here are the districts, schools, and grades listed to participate this spring:

Albany County School District   #1 Laramie Junior High School 6
Albany County School District   #1 Laramie Junior High School 7
Albany County School District   #1 Laramie Junior High School 9
Albany County School District   #1 Spring Creek Elementary 5
Albany County School District   #1 Centennial Elementary 5
Albany County School District   #1 Centennial Elementary 6
Albany County School District   #1 Harmony Elementary 5
Albany County School District   #1 Harmony Elementary 6
Albany County School District   #1 Velma Linford Elementary 5
Albany County School District   #1 Velma Linford Elementary 6
Albany County School District   #1 Rock River Junior High School 7
Albany County School District   #1 Rock River Junior High School 9
Albany County School District   #1 Rock River Elementary 6
Albany County School District   #1 UW Laboratory School 5
Albany County School District   #1 UW Laboratory School 7
Big Horn County School   District #1 Rocky Mountain High School 9
Big Horn County School   District #1 Burlington Elementary 5
Big Horn County School   District #1 Rocky Mountain Elementary 5
Big Horn County School   District #1 Rocky Mountain Middle School 7
Big Horn County School   District #1 Burlington Middle School 7
Big Horn County School   District #1 Burlington High School 9
Big Horn County School   District #3 Greybull High School 9
Big Horn County School   District #3 Greybull High School 10
Big Horn County School   District #3 Greybull Elementary 3
Big Horn County School   District #3 Greybull Elementary 4
Big Horn County School   District #3 Greybull Elementary 5
Big Horn County School   District #3 Greybull Middle School 6
Big Horn County School   District #3 Greybull Middle School 7
Big Horn County School   District #3 Greybull Middle School 8
Campbell County School   District #1 Pronghorn Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Pronghorn Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Pronghorn Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Pronghorn Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Campbell County High School 10
Campbell County School   District #1 Campbell County High School 11
Campbell County School   District #1 Twin Spruce Junior High School 7
Campbell County School   District #1 Twin Spruce Junior High   School 8
Campbell County School   District #1 Twin Spruce Junior High   School 9
Campbell County School   District #1 Cottonwood Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Cottonwood Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Cottonwood Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Cottonwood Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Hillcrest Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Hillcrest Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Hillcrest Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Hillcrest Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Little Powder Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Little Powder Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Little Powder Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Little Powder Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Meadowlark Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Meadowlark Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Meadowlark Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Meadowlark Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Lakeview Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Lakeview Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Lakeview Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Lakeview Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Rawhide Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Rawhide Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Rawhide Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Rawhide Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Recluse School 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Recluse School 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Recluse School 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Recluse School 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Rozet Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Rozet Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Rozet Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Rozet Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Wagonwheel Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Wagonwheel Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Wagonwheel Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Wagonwheel Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Prairie Wind Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Prairie Wind Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Prairie Wind Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Prairie Wind Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Conestoga Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Conestoga Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Conestoga Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Conestoga Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Sage Valley Junior High   School 7
Campbell County School   District #1 Sage Valley Junior High   School 8
Campbell County School   District #1 Sage Valley Junior High School 9
Campbell County School   District #1 Wright Jr. & Sr. High   School 7
Campbell County School   District #1 Wright Jr. & Sr. High   School 8
Campbell County School   District #1 Wright Jr. & Sr. High   School 9
Campbell County School   District #1 Wright Jr. & Sr. High   School 10
Campbell County School   District #1 Wright Jr. & Sr. High   School 11
Campbell County School   District #1 Paintbrush Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Paintbrush Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Paintbrush Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Paintbrush Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Sunflower Elementary 3
Campbell County School   District #1 Sunflower Elementary 4
Campbell County School   District #1 Sunflower Elementary 5
Campbell County School   District #1 Sunflower Elementary 6
Campbell County School   District #1 4-J Elementary School 3
Campbell County School   District #1 4-J Elementary School 4
Campbell County School   District #1 4-J Elementary School 5
Campbell County School   District #1 4-J Elementary School 6
Campbell County School   District #1 Westwood High School 10
Campbell County School   District #1 Westwood High School 11
Carbon County School District   #1 Rawlins Middle School 6
Carbon County School District   #2 Elk Mountain Elementary 5
Carbon County School District   #2 Hanna Elementary 3
Carbon County School District   #2 Medicine Bow Elementary 4
Carbon County School District   #2 Medicine Bow Elementary 6
Carbon County School District   #2 Saratoga Elementary 3
Carbon County School District   #2 Saratoga Elementary 6
Converse County School   District #2 Glenrock Intermediate School 5
Converse County School   District #2 Glenrock Intermediate School 6
Converse County School   District #2 Glenrock Middle School 7
Converse County School   District #2 Glenrock Middle School 8
Converse County School   District #2 Grant Elementary School 3
Converse County School   District #2 Grant Elementary 4
Crook County School District   #1 Moorcroft Elementary 3
Crook County School District   #1 Sundance Elementary 3
Crook County School District   #1 Moorcroft Secondary School 8
Crook County School District   #1 Sundance Secondary School 8
Crook County School District   #1 Hulett School 3
Crook County School District   #1 Hulett School 8
Fremont County School   District # 6 Wind River Elementary 3
Fremont County School   District # 6 Wind River Elementary 4
Fremont County School   District # 6 Wind River Elementary 5
Fremont County School   District # 6 Wind River High School 9
Fremont County School   District # 6 Wind River High School 10
Fremont County School   District # 6 Wind River High School 11
Fremont County School   District #24 Shoshoni High School 9
Fremont County School   District #24 Shoshoni High School 10
Fremont County School   District #24 Shoshoni High School 11
Fremont County School   District #24 Shoshoni Elementary 3
Fremont County School   District #24 Shoshoni Elementary 4
Fremont County School   District #24 Shoshoni Elementary 5
Fremont County School   District #24 Shoshoni Elementary 6
Fremont County School   District #24 Shoshoni Junior High School 7
Fremont County School   District #24 Shoshoni Junior High School 8
Fremont County School   District #25 Rendezvous Elementary 4
Fremont County School   District #25 Rendezvous Elementary 5
Fremont County School   District #25 Riverton High School 11
Fremont County School   District #25 Riverton Middle School 6
Fremont County School   District #6 Wind River Middle School 6
Fremont County School   District #6 Wind River Middle School 7
Fremont County School   District #6 Wind River Middle School 8
Johnson County School   District #1 Cloud Peak Elementary 3
Johnson County School   District #1 Cloud Peak Elementary 4
Johnson County School   District #1 Cloud Peak Elementary 5
Johnson County School   District #1 Buffalo High School 9
Johnson County School   District #1 Buffalo High School 10
Johnson County School District   #1 Buffalo High School 11
Johnson County School   District #1 Clear Creek Middle School 6
Johnson County School   District #1 Clear Creek Middle School 7
Johnson County School   District #1 Clear Creek Middle School 8
Johnson County School   District #1 Kaycee School 3
Johnson County School   District #1 Kaycee School 4
Johnson County School   District #1 Kaycee School 5
Johnson County School   District #1 Kaycee School 6
Johnson County School   District #1 Kaycee School 7
Johnson County School   District #1 Kaycee School 8
Johnson County School   District #1 Kaycee School 9
Johnson County School   District #1 Kaycee School 10
Johnson County School   District #1 Kaycee School 11
Laramie County School   District #1 Buffalo Ridge Elementary 3
Laramie County School   District #1 Buffalo Ridge Elementary 4
Laramie County School   District #1 Buffalo Ridge Elementary 5
Laramie County School   District #1 Buffalo Ridge Elementary 6
Laramie County School   District #1 Baggs Elementary 6
Laramie County School   District #1 Buffalo Ridge Elementary 3
Laramie County School   District #1 Buffalo Ridge Elementary 5
Laramie County School   District #1 Davis Elementary 3
Laramie County School   District #1 Davis Elementary 4
Laramie County School   District #1 Davis Elementary 5
Laramie County School   District #1 Davis Elementary 6
Laramie County School   District #1 Dildine Elementary 4
Laramie County School   District #1 Hebard Elementary 4
Laramie County School   District #1 Hebard Elementary 6
Laramie County School   District #1 Miller Elementary 4
Laramie County School   District #1 Miller Elementary 5
Laramie County School   District #1 Miller Elementary 6
Laramie County School   District #1 Sunrise Elementary 3
Laramie County School   District #1 Sunrise Elementary 4
Laramie County School   District #1 Sunrise Elementary 5
Laramie County School   District #1 Sunrise Elementary 6
Laramie County School   District #1 Saddle Ridge Elementary 3
Laramie County School District   #1 Saddle Ridge Elementary 4
Laramie County School   District #1 Saddle Ridge Elementary 5
Laramie County School   District #1 Saddle Ridge Elementary 6
Laramie County School   District #1 South High School 11
Lincoln County School   District #2 Star Valley High School 9
Lincoln County School   District #2 Star Valley High School 10
Lincoln County School   District #2 Star Valley High School 11
Lincoln County School   District #2 Star Valley Middle School 7
Lincoln County School   District #2 Star Valley Middle School 8
Lincoln County School   District #2 Afton Elementary 3
Lincoln County School   District #2 Thayne Elementary 3
Lincoln County School   District #2 Etna Elementary 4
Lincoln County School   District #2 Etna Elementary 5
Lincoln County School   District #2 Etna Elementary 6
Lincoln County School   District #2 Osmond Elementary 4
Lincoln County School   District #2 Osmond Elementary 5
Lincoln County School   District #2 Osmond Elementary 6
Natrona County School   District #1 Casper Classical Academy 6
Natrona County School   District #1 Casper Classical Academy 8
Natrona County School   District #1 Kelly Walsh High School 11
Natrona County School   District #1 C Y Junior High School 6
Natrona County School   District #1 C Y Junior High School 7
Natrona County School   District #1 C Y Junior High School 8
Natrona County School   District #1 Dean Morgan Junior High   School 6
Natrona County School   District #1 Dean Morgan Junior High   School 7
Natrona County School   District #1 Dean Morgan Junior High   School 8
Natrona County School   District #1 Ft. Caspar Academy 3
Natrona County School   District #1 Ft. Caspar Academy 4
Natrona County School   District #1 Ft. Caspar Academy 5
Natrona County School   District #1 Paradise Valley Elementary 5
Natrona County School   District #1 Park Elementary 3
Natrona County School   District #1 Park Elementary 4
Natrona County School   District #1 Park Elementary 5
Natrona County School   District #1 University Park Elementary 3
Natrona County School   District #1 University Park Elementary 4
Natrona County School   District #1 University Park Elementary 5
Natrona County School   District #1 Oregon Trail Elementary 3
Natrona County School   District #1 Oregon Trail Elementary 4
Natrona County School   District #1 Oregon Trail Elementary 5
Natrona County School   District #1 Sagewood Elementary 3
Natrona County School   District #1 Sagewood Elementary 4
Natrona County School   District #1 Sagewood Elementary 5
Natrona County School   District #1 Summit Elementary School 3
Natrona County School   District #1 Summit Elementary School 4
Natrona County School   District #1 Summit Elementary School 5
Natrona County School   District #1 Centennial Junior High School 6
Natrona County School   District #1 Centennial Junior High School 7
Natrona County School   District #1 Centennial Junior High School 8
Park County School District #   1 Shoshone Learning Center 9
Park County School District #   1 Shoshone Learning Center 10
Park County School District #   1 Shoshone Learning Center 11
Park County School District #   1 Powell High School 9
Park County School District #   1 Powell High School 10
Park County School District #   1 Powell High School 11
Park County School District #   1 Clark Elementary 3
Park County School District #   1 Clark Elementary 4
Park County School District #   1 Parkside Elementary 3
Park County School District #   1 Parkside Elementary 4
Park County School District #   1 Parkside Elementary 5
Park County School District #   1 Southside Elementary 3
Park County School District #   1 Southside Elementary 4
Park County School District #   1 Southside Elementary 5
Park County School District #   1 Westside Elementary 3
Park County School District #   1 Westside Elementary 4
Park County School District #   1 Westside Elementary 5
Park County School District #   6 Glenn Livingston Elementary 5
Park County School District #   6 Sunset Elementary 5
Platte County School District   #2 Guernsey-Sunrise Elementary 3
Platte County School District   #2 Guernsey-Sunrise Elementary 4
Platte County School District   #2 Guernsey-Sunrise Elementary 5
Platte County School District   #2 Guernsey-Sunrise Elementary 6
Platte County School District   #2 Guernsey-Sunrise High School 9
Platte County School District   #2 Guernsey-Sunrise High School 10
Platte County School District   #2 Guernsey-Sunrise High School 11
Platte County School District   #2 Guernsey-Sunrise Junior High 7
Platte County School District   #2 Guernsey-Sunrise Junior High 8
Region V BOCES C-Bar-V Ranch 5
Region V BOCES C-Bar-V Ranch 7
Region V BOCES C-Bar-V Ranch 11
Sheridan County School   District #1 Big Horn High School 9
Sheridan County School   District #1 Big Horn High School 10
Sheridan County School   District #1 Big Horn High School 11
Sheridan County School   District #1 Tongue River High School 9
Sheridan County School   District #1 Tongue River High School 10
Sheridan County School   District #1 Tongue River High School 11
Sheridan County School   District #1 Tongue River Elementary 3
Sheridan County School   District #1 Tongue River Elementary 4
Sheridan County School   District #1 Tongue River Elementary 5
Sheridan County School   District #1 Big Horn Elementary 3
Sheridan County School   District #1 Big Horn Elementary 4
Sheridan County School   District #1 Big Horn Elementary 5
Sheridan County School   District #1 Big Horn Middle School 6
Sheridan County School   District #1 Big Horn Middle School 7
Sheridan County School   District #1 Big Horn Middle School 8
Sheridan County School   District #1 Tongue River Middle School 6
Sheridan County School   District #1 Tongue River Middle School 7
Sheridan County School   District #1 Tongue River Middle School 8
Sheridan County School   District #1 Slack Elementary 3
Sheridan County School   District #1 Slack Elementary 5
Sheridan County School   District #2 Henry A. Coffeen Elementary   School 3
Sheridan County School   District #2 Henry A. Coffeen Elementary   School 4
Sheridan County School   District #2 Henry A. Coffeen Elementary   School 5
Sheridan County School   District #2 Woodland Park Elementary 3
Sheridan County School   District #2 Woodland Park Elementary 4
Sheridan County School   District #2 Woodland Park Elementary 5
Sheridan County School   District #2 Sagebrush Elementary 3
Sheridan County School   District #2 Sagebrush Elementary 4
Sheridan County School   District #2 Sagebrush Elementary 5
Sublette County School   District #1 Pinedale Middle School 6
Sublette County School   District #1 Pinedale Middle School 8
Sublette County School   District #1 Pinedale Elementary 4
Sublette County School   District #1 Pinedale Elementary 5
Sweetwater County School   District #1 Walnut Elementary 3
Sweetwater County School   District #1 Walnut Elementary 4
Sweetwater County School   District #2 McKinnon Elementary 3
Sweetwater County School   District #2 McKinnon Elementary 4
Sweetwater County School   District #2 McKinnon Elementary 5
Sweetwater County School   District #2 Jackson Elementary 4
Sweetwater County School   District #2 Harrison Elementary 3
Sweetwater County School   District #2 Harrison Elementary 4
Teton County School District   #1 Jackson Hole High School 11
Teton County School District   #1 Jackson Hole Middle School 6
Uinta County School District   #6 Lyman High School 9
Uinta County School District   #6 Lyman High School 10
Uinta County School District   #6 Lyman High School 11
Uinta County School District   #6 Lyman Middle School 5
Uinta County School District   #6 Lyman Middle School 6
Uinta County School District   #6 Lyman Middle School 7
Uinta County School District   #6 Lyman Middle School 8
Uinta County School District   #6 Urie Elementary 3
Uinta County School District   #6 Urie Elementary 4
Washakie County School   District #1 Worland Middle School 6
Washakie County School   District #1 Worland Middle School 7
Washakie County School   District #1 Worland Middle School 8
Washakie County School   District #1 East Side Elementary 3
Washakie County School   District #1 East Side Elementary 4
Washakie County School   District #1 East Side Elementary 5
Washakie County School   District #1 South Side Elementary 3
Washakie County School   District #1 South Side Elementary 4
Washakie County School   District #1 South Side Elementary 5
Washakie County School   District #1 West Side Elementary 3
Washakie County School   District #1 West Side Elementary 4
Washakie County School   District #1 West Side Elementary 5
Weston County School District   #1 Newcastle Middle School 6
Weston County School District   #1 Newcastle Middle School 7
Weston County School District   #1 Newcastle Middle School 8
Weston County School District   #7 Upton Middle School 6
Weston County School District   #7 Upton Middle School 7
Weston County School District   #7 Upton Middle School 8
Weston County School District   #7 Upton Elementary 3
Weston County School District   #7 Upton Elementary 4
Weston County School District   #7 Upton Elementary 5
Weston County School District   #7 Upton High School 9
Weston County School District   #7 Upton High School 10
Weston County School District   #7 Upton High School 11

Common Core Issues…True Story!

This is PERFECT!  Most of the time I get these types of questions…

“Which standard exactly are you talking about?”

“I don’t see anything wrong and I’ve read the standards!”

“Kids need to be prepared for the future we can’t even imagine”…(I’m pretty sure my HS teachers didn’t ever imagine using Twitter or Ipads in class,  yet we are doing JUST fine!).WhenSomeOneAsks

Next Generation Science Standards Concerns

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Below is an excellent breakdown of the problems with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) created by members of  WyomingCitizensOpposingCommonCore.com.  They have also created a brochure to print and hand out with similar information ==>HERE.

I am posting this information to give  parents  talking points for their local school boards about their concerns.  Please consider passing this information on to your local Conservation District chapters and any other organizations you think may be willing to get involved.
The State Board of Education is supposed to vote on the NGSS at their upcoming board meeting in Cheyenne on January 23, 24- so time is of the essence. 

Concerns with the Next Generation Science Standards

Lack of Quality

  • there is so little advanced content that it would be impossible to derive a high school physics or chemistry course
  • misses several opportunities to build important links between grade- appropriate math and required science content

Opposes Some Wyoming Values

  •  Wyoming’s economy revolves around mining and agriculture, the NGSS have a heavy negative slant at the use of such resources
  • Are regulations, international treaties and alternative energy sources Wyoming’s ideal for solutions to the “negative impacts of human activity?”
  • Does Wyoming value one-sided, unsupported viewpoints as fact?

Non-Objective

  • Religiously non-neutral which would lead to indoctrination, not education
  • Fail to distinguish for students the various definitions of evolution, leading them to assume that the word always denotes the same thing
  • Unconstitutional according to the Wyoming Constitution

Pending Court Case

  • A non-profit in Kansas has filed a complaint against the Kansas Department of Education regarding the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Kansas and Wyoming are both under the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Therefore, if a ruling is made at that level, it will apply to Wyoming as well
  • Wyoming should delay the consideration of the NGSS until this case is resolved

 

Lack of Quality

Nine scientists and mathematicians reviewed NGSS for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Fordham gave the standards an overall grade of “C,” (the NAEP and TIMSS standards received the grade of A- from the Fordham Institute).

Overview:  “The NGSS fall short of excellence in several ways, including:

  • overemphasis on practices over essential context
  • omission of much essential content
  • failure to integrate mathematics content that is essential to science learning
  • use of assessment boundaries that put arbitrary ceilings on the content that will be assessed and therefore taught at each grade”

Clarity and Specificity: The presentation of the NGSS is cumbersome and difficult to navigate.  In addition, too many individual performance expectations are vague and poorly worded, with broad references to concepts that lack specific guidance about what, precisely, students should know and be able to do.”

http://www.edexcellencemedia.net/publications/2013/20130820-NGSS-Appendix-Review-and-State-Comparisons/NGSS-comparison-table-wyoming.pdf

Another problem Fordham reviewers found is NGSS focuses on students “performing” at the expense of “memorizing.”   They indicate that in this case “content takes a backseat to practices.” The Fordham report suggests that science education should “build knowledge first so that students will have the storehouse of information and understanding that they need to engage in scientific reasoning and higher level thinking.”

http://www.eagleforum.org/publications/educate/july13/next-generation-science-standards-common-core-incognito.html

 In regards to Physical Science Fordham states:

“NGSS physical science coverage is mediocre throughout grades K–5 and declines rapidly in middle school, and still further at the high school level. Overall, the physical science standards fail to lay the foundation for advanced study in high school and beyond, and there is so little advanced content that it would be impossible to derive a high school physics or chemistry course from the content included in the NGSS.”

“Much of the NGSS document was not written with mathematics in mind.”

“(NGSS) misses several opportunities to build important links between grade- appropriate math and required science content.”

“Given the critical overlap between science and math, as well as the NGSS authors’ intention to align their science expectations with the Common Core math standards, these shortcomings signal a need for caution on the part of states that are serious about implementing the CCSS but that are also considering adopting the NGSS.”

http://www.edexcellence.net/sites/default/files/publication/pdfs/20130612-NGSS-Final-Review_7.pdf

Wyoming Values

 Does Wyoming believe that all/most human actions lead to negative consequences for the earth?

Agriculture and mining are essential to Wyoming.  There are responsible Wyomingites out there who are involved with agriculture and/or mining that make a living responsibly, efficiently and without destroying the earth.  This perspective is not mentioned in the NGSS.  On the contrary, the unproven negative effects of such practices are taught.  The following example is taken from the NGSS:

Disciplinary Core Idea: ESS3.C: HUMAN IMPACTS ON EARTH SYSTEMS

“How do humans change the planet? Recorded history. . . indicates that human activities in agriculture, industry, and everyday life have had major impacts on the land, rivers, ocean, and air. Humans affect the quality, availability, and distribution of Earth’s water through the modification of streams, lakes, and groundwater. Large areas of land, including such delicate ecosystems as wetlands, forests, and grasslands, are being transformed by human agriculture, mining, and the expansion of settlements and roads. Human activities now cause land erosion and soil movement annually that exceed all natural processes. Air and water pollution caused by human activities affect the condition of the atmosphere and of rivers and lakes, with damaging effects on other species and on human health. The activities of humans have significantly altered the biosphere, changing or destroying natural habitats and causing the extinction of many living species. These changes also affect the viability of agriculture or fisheries to support human populations.

The activities and advanced technologies that have built and maintained human civilizations clearly have large consequences for the sustainability of these civilizations and the ecosystems with which they interact.”

Performance Expectation: HS – Human Sustainability (Grade 9-12)

HS-ESS3-4.
Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.

HS-ESS3-3.
Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.

HS-ESS3-6.
Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.

 

  • Does Wyoming value freedom and enterprise, or federal/international regulation?

The following is taken from the Framework behind the NGSS: “Some negative effects of human activities are reversible…Regulations regarding water and air pollution have greatly reduced acid rain and stream pollution, and international treaties on the use of certain refrigerant gases have halted the growth of the annual ozone hole…”

http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=13165&page=195

  • Does Wyoming value objective or unsupportive, non-objective education?

Non-Objective

  • The standards fail to present controversial issues objectively (such as climate change, renewable energy and sustainability.)
  • The standards are one-sided in that they disproportionately focus on negative effects of human interaction with the environment

Example:  ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

Performance Expectation: MS-ESS3 Earth and Human Activity (Grades 6-8) MS-ESS3-5.

Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century. [Clarification Statement: Examples of factors include human activities (such as fossil fuel combustion . . . and agricultural activity) . . . Emphasis is on the major role that human activities play in causing the rise in global temperatures.]

Disciplinary Core Idea: ESS3.D: Global Climate Change

Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming).

  • Teaches evolution as a fact, starting in elementary grades (current WY standards teach evolution as a theory, and not until 8th grade)

Example:  “By the end of grade 2. Some kinds of plants and animals that once lived on Earth (e.g., dinosaurs) are no
longer found anywhere, although others now living (e.g., lizards) resemble them in some ways.”
(Grade Band Endpoints for LS4.A)

  • The standards address ultimate  religious questions and then use a doctrine or “Rule” that permits only   materialistic or functionally atheistic answers
  • The standards require a materialistic explanation for any phenomenon addressed by science
  • The standards are neither educationally objective nor religiously neutral, because an atheistic or materialistic worldview is consistently affirmed throughout.
  • The Standards fail to present legitimate scientific critiques of materialistic theories regarding the origins of the universe, of life and its diversity

Examples:  Core Idea LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
LS4.B: Natural Selection
LS4.C: Adaptation
LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

Descriptions of these Core Ideas to follow:

The Framework for the NGSS describes the reasoning behind the Core Ideas:

  • There is diversity within species as well as between species. Yet what is learned about the function of a gene or a cell or a process in one organism is relevant to other organisms because of their ecological interactions and evolutionary relatedness. (Framework, page 139, emphasis added)
  • “Finally, the core ideas in the life sciences culminate with the principle that evolution can explain how the diversity that is observed within species has led to the diversity of life across species through a process of descent with adaptive modification. Evolution also accounts for the remarkable similarity of the fundamental characteristics of all species. (Framework, page 140, emphasis added)
  • Evolution and its underlying genetic mechanisms of inheritance and variability are key to understanding both the unity and the diversity of life on Earth. (Framework, page 141)
  • Evolution thus explains both the similarities of genetic material across all species and the multitude of species existing in diverse conditions on Earth—its biodiversity—which humans depend on for natural resources and other benefits to sustain themselves. (Framework, page 161)
  • Biological evolution, the process by which all living things have evolved over many generations from shared ancestors, explains both the unity and the diversity of species.(Framework, page 162,emphasis added)

Bullets source: http://www.copeinc.org/docs/NGSS_PressRelease_final.pdf

Standards  source: http://edu.wyoming.gov/sf-docs/default-document-library/science_standards_draft_09-20-13_sbe_10-7-13.pdf2

Framework Source: http://www.nextgenscience.org/framework-k%E2%80%9312-science-education

The NGSS Are Unconstitutional In Wyoming

The Wyoming Constitution states in Article 7, Section 12 titled “Sectarianism prohibited.”

“No sectarian instruction, qualifications or tests shall be imparted, exacted, applied or in any manner tolerated in the schools of any grade or character controlled by the state, nor shall attendance be required at any religious service therein, nor shall any sectarian tenets or doctrines be taught or favored in any public school or institution that may be established under this constitution.”

The word “sect” is defined as “a group adhering to a distinctive doctrine.”  And doctrine is defined as “a set of ideas or beliefs that are taught or believed to be true.”

The adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards would seem to be a violation of the state constitution.

Pending Court Case

  • The Framework for K-12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards is the subject of a lawsuit filed in a Federal District Court in Kansas in September.
  • Kansas case is relevant to Wyoming because any appeal that goes to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals establishes the federal law, which will be applicable to Wyoming as well.
  • The lawsuit claims that the program seeks to establish an atheistic worldview in our children. Let me read you the first paragraph of the complaint:

“The Plaintiffs, consisting of students, parents and Kansas resident taxpayers, and a representative organization, complain that the adoption by the Defendant State Board of Education on June 11, 2013 of Next Generation Science Standards will have the effect of causing Kansas public schools to establish and endorse a non-theistic religious worldview (the “Worldview”) in violation of the Establishment, Free Exercise, and Speech Clauses of the First Amendment, and the Equal Protection Clauses of the 14th Amendment.”

Created by WyomingCitizensOpposingCommonCore.com  Please visit their site for more information regarding Common Core!

New Year’s Resolution to Stop Common Core

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Have you set any New Year’s Resolutions?  How about setting one that will have a HUGE  positive impact on education and school reform in the years to come?

Joy Pullman‘s resolution was published by the Washington Examiner today.   She knows just how to put into words what needs to be said and done concerning Common Core State Standards! You can read it below or at the link listed.  If you aren’t already familar with her work with School Refore News and the Heartland Institute, it is well worth reading.

A New Year’s resolution for the kids: End Common Core before it’s too late

BY JOY PULLMANN | JANUARY 2, 2014 AT 10:14 AM

With the arrival of 2014, now is the time to make resolutions about what we should change in coming months.

As most legislative sessions begin in January, it’s a good time for lawmakers and their constituents to resolve to ditch the national education goals and tests called “Common Core.”

Many seem to believe Common Core justifies a massive expansion of unaccountable bureaucracy and government coercion at all levels.

We hear repeatedly from presidency-sniffers such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and power-sniffers like Education Secretary Arne Duncan that Common Core will transform U.S. schools into Never Never Land, where children are daily administered strong doses of something called “rigor” and stewed in vague notions of “critical thinking.”

Common Core certainly will transform the nation’s schools. Our right to representative government has been blown away by a national education control system created behind closed doors by powerbrokers in D.C. nonprofit organizations that have never improved one school and typically never taught one student.

According to the agreements governors signed to start Common Core (although no governor has authority over state education systems without the consent of their legislatures), the initiative consists of standards and tests.

The two national Common Core tests are exclusively funded by the federal government, and the feds have established a review panel to oversee those tests down to the very questions, even though three federal laws prohibit the federal government from influencing or controlling tests and curriculum.

Common Coreniks have faith in the apparatus they’ve created like some people believe in UFOs or the Illuminati.

Thirty years of scientific research, however, shows education monopolists in both parties are wrong to put their faith in standards and tests as a means to provide “accountability” without doing the hard work to empower families by creating competition among schools.

Education standards do not improve student achievement, according to Brookings Institution research.

Common Core is nothing but a bundle of consultant-generated theories that never have shown themselves effective (or shown themselves at all) in any classroom, let alone every classroom.

Promising Common Core will produce a renaissance of literary knowledge and love for America’s Founders because one line in it says kids should read unspecified “founding documents” is like promising takeovers of foreign countries will generate a stable Middle East.

In fact, Common Core is more likely to do the opposite of what is being promised — it recommends students read just the Bill of Rights, not the Constitution, and suggests violently anti-Constitution modern scholarship to offer kids their first and presumably only in-school encounter with that text.

The education monopolists argue “accountability” means not giving parents power to make decisions about where their child will attend school, but instead tying more and more policies to tests now controlled by the federal government.

Tests now influence school funding, teacher evaluations, hiring and firing, school takeovers, school grades and more.

And these tests must be all online, which is so expensive the Obama administration is raising everyone’s phone taxes to give schools more broadband subsidies.

Moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas have been fed lines for years about how the nation’s elites have only our best interests at heart while they sell our children into debt and regulatory slavery to fund their self-perpetuating fantasies.

Families and some lawmakers around the nation are finally saying enough!

Common Core tests will hit the nation’s schools in the 2014-15 school year. This spring is the last chance for states to back away, which they should resolve to do as fast as possible.

Joy Pullman

That last line, “this spring is the last chance for states to back away” is hitting closer and closer to home!  Did you know that MANY school districts in Wyoming, including mine, have VOLUNTEERED to use our students as guniee pigs for the pilot test this spring?   Sweetwater County School District #2, has signed up to pilot the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test prior to it going “live” next year.  Did  parents receive notification of this?

I truly hope that our state does not see the negative impact that happened in other states when they tried to pilot the national common core test.   A website was set up by Lucy Calkins, an amazing eductor who has written many  books and curriculum tools to help teach ELA (English Language Arts).  I have used her materials over the years and loved them.  She recently wrote a book, Pathways to the Common Core, that helps teachers use her techniques to teach the CCSS.  She then created this site to allow for feedback on how testing went, since many had used her suggestions for teaching CCSS.    The comments clearly show that students are not prepared for these types of tests, let alone the teachers being prepared to teach all that might be on the test. There is an “Emotional Distress” section along with many other problems listed.  Take a few mintues and read responses from parents and teachers here.  Be prepared and have a box of Kleenex handy!  Some of them are heart breaking, especially to me,  being both an educator and a parent.

Please make it your resolution to join your voice with others that are fighting this intrustion on our children’s education, privacy, and teacher’s careers.  Along with the information I list on this blog, I suggest these other sites for great resources as you help join our fight to STOP COMMON CORE!

Truth in Amerian Education

What is Common Core

Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core

Wyoming Freedom on Education

~Christy Hooley

Update on Action Items and Events!

Dear Citizen,

This week the Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core group traveled to Cheyenne to attend
a meeting with the Governor and also the Select Committee on Statewide Education Accountability.
Below is a press release regarding the events including the number of signatures turned into the
Governor. Thank you for your efforts to make this happen!

For more detailed information regarding the Select Committee meeting please visit this link:
http://wyomingcitizensopposingcommoncore.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/SelectCommSummaryDec.pdf
We will soon begin more Call To Action items as we approach the State Board of Education meeting in
January, as they may vote the Next Generation Science Standards into the review process.

Sincerely,
Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core

Governor Mead Carves Out Meeting Time for Citizens Concerned Over State Education Reform

Parents concerned over education reform descended on Cheyenne for a two-day blitz to express their views
to policymakers, meeting Monday with the Governor and testifying at the legislative Education Committee
Tuesday.

The grassroots group Wyoming Citizens Opposing Common Core met with Governor Mead on
Monday, December 9th at the capitol. The group presented him with a letter signed in just three weeks
by 1,165 citizens in strong opposition to Wyoming’s involvement in Common Core, Smarter Balanced
Assessment Consortium’s standardized testing, and the planned widespread sharing of student data.

One concerned mom said, “I wanted to ask the Governor to reconsider his stance on education reform
in Wyoming. This matter is so serious that as a parent I am considering my options for the education
of my child.”

A father and U.S. Constitution teacher in Wyoming said, “I am concerned about the Next Generation
Science Standards because they advocate anti-Wyoming ideas such as man-made global warming
through fossil fuel burning so I asked the Governor – how do the Next Generation Science
Standards align with Wyoming values?”

Another mom wanted to know in regards to the building of the State Longitudinal Data System,
“Why is it necessary to collect this much data in order to provide Wyoming children with a solid
education?”

Ultimately, the group asked the Governor, among other things, to advise the
appointed State Board of Education not to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards.
Governor Mead was also asked to remove Wyoming from the Smarter Balanced
Consortium as a governing state. The group attended the Select Committee on Statewide Education
Accountability meeting on Tuesday. The Committee voted unanimously on a bill for data privacy.

During public comment a parent encouraged the Committee to create a stringent state privacy plan.
“FERPA was amended by the United States Department of Education in 2012, undermining parental
consent provisions and permitting the sharing of student data across state agencies.” She referenced
Oklahoma House Bill 1989 as a potential model,  which prevents health and discipline records from
becoming part of a student’s education records.

Signatures are still being collected for the letter to the Governor at
http://wyomingcitizensopposingcommoncore.com/letter-governor/

Common Core and STEM Not a Good Fit Op-Ed by Dr. Sandra Stotsky

Should American High Schools Prepare any Students for STEM?  

Common Core Doesn’t Think So

by 

Sandra Stotsky

When states adopted Common Core’s mathematics standards, they were told (among other things) that these standards would make all high school students “college- and career-ready” and strengthen the critical pipeline for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

However, with the exception of a few standards in trigonometry, the math standards end after Algebra II, as James Milgram, professor of mathematics emeritus at StanfordUniversity observed in “Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare High School Students for STEM,” a September 2013 report that we co-authored for the Pioneer Institute.

Who was responsible for telling Wisconsin’s Commissioner of Education when he decided to adopt these standards in 2010 that Common Core includes no standards for precalculus OR for getting to precalculus?  Who should be telling Governor Walker and Wisconsin business executives today that high school graduates taught only to Common Core’s mathematics standards won’t be able to pursue a four-year degree in STEM?  Why isn’t the Wisconsin  Department of Public Instruction telling local superintendents to make sure that an accelerated mathematics sequence is available from grade 6 on so that mathematically able kids in Wisconsin’s public schools can be prepared to enroll in and complete a full Algebra I course in grade 8 and have a chance to consider a STEM career when they plan their mathematics and science coursework in high school?

Superintendents, local school committees, and most parents don’t know that under Common Core their students won’t be able to pursue a STEM career.  In fact, they think that Common Core’s mathematics standards are rigorous.  They are not complicit in this clever act of educational sabotage, but those who wrote these standards are.  And their friends in Departments of Education or Public Instruction are.

U.S. government data show that only one out of every 50 prospective STEM majors who begin their undergraduate math coursework at the precalculus level or lower will earn bachelor’s degrees in a STEM area. Moreover, students whose last high school mathematics course was Algebra II or lower have less than a 40 percent chance of earning any kind of four-year college degree.

It’s not as if Common Core’s lead mathematics standards writers themselves didn’t tell the public how low Common Core’s high school mathematics standards were. At a March 2010 meeting of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jason Zimba, a lead writer, told the board that the standards are “not only not for STEM, they are also not for selective colleges.”   In January 2010, William McCallum, another lead mathematics standards writer, told a group of mathematicians: “The overall standards would not be too high, certainly not in comparison [to] other nations, including East Asia, where math education excels.”

There are other consequences to having a college readiness test in mathematics with low expectations. The U.S. Department of Education’s competitive grant program, Race to the Top, requires states to place students who have been admitted by their public colleges and universities into credit-bearing (non-remedial) mathematics (and English) courses if they have passed a Common Core–based “college readiness” test. Selective public colleges, engineering schools, and universities in Wisconsin will likely have to lower the level of their introductory math courses to avoid unacceptably high failure rates.

Both Professor Milgram and I were members of Common Core’s Validation Committee, which was charged with reviewing each successive draft of the standards. We both refused to sign off on the academic quality of the national standards, but we made public our explanation and criticism of the final version of Common Core’s standards.

It is still astonishing that Wisconsin’s Commissioner of Education adopted Common Core’s standards without asking the engineering, science, and mathematics faculty at his own higher education institutions (and the mathematics teachers in the state’s own high schools) to do an analysis of Common Core’s definition of college readiness and to make public their recommendations. After all, who could be better judges of what students need for a STEM major?

Wisconsin clearly needs to revise Common Core’s mathematics standards as soon as possible so that its public schools are able to offer the coursework beginning in grade 5 or 6 that will enable mathematically able students to aim for a STEM major in college.  Unless, of course, the governor, the legislature, and the commissioner of education aren’t interested in having American-born and educated engineers, doctors, or scientists.   If that is the case, then keep the Common Core status quo.

Sandra Stotsky, Ed.D, is professor of education reform emerita at the University of Arkansas. She was on Common Core’s Validation Committee from 2009-2010.  Her writings are available at: http://www.uaedreform.org/sandra-stotsky/

Week 2 – Call to Action – Sign Letter to Gov. Mead

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Call to Action for Week 2.

Our governor needs to hear from his constituents regarding education in Wyoming.

A letter has been constructed and signatures are being collected.  This letter will be hand delivered to the governor next month. This is where numbers make a difference!

Please pass this on to others via email and social media!

The more signatures the more powerful our statement will be to Governor Mead.

Visit the link below, read and sign it!

http://wyomingcitizensopposingcommoncore.com/letter-governor/   Please read and sign!