We have had a successful first half of the 2015 legislative session.  Representative Debra Lamm (HD60) introduced HB 377 to repeal Common Core©, Smarter Balanced testing and create a new accreditation process for content standards. Representative Lamm’s HB 501 protects student data from being collected without parental consent.  It requires a school to identify the Read More →

Here we go again–the international Pearson arm is reaching into behavioral assessments of your child, administered by teachers.  Are they doing this in your school?  Do teachers have the psychological training to make these assessments? How will these behavioral assessments affect your child’s future?    Remember the State Longitudinal Database System? Read more details about the Read More →

Parents stand firm.  You have the right to opt your children out of the SBAC field test and any other computerized surveys being foisted upon your children.  Across Montana, Superintendents and Principals are bullying parents when they make an informed choice to opt out. Worse yet, we are hearing about teachers and guidance counselors demonizing Read More →

Moms and dads–now is the time to opt your sons and daughters out of more high stakes testing.  The roll out of the Smarter Balanced “field test” in Montana has been delayed a week so you have time.  Why put your children at risk just so the testing company can research the test questions? Neither Read More →

In this not so private world we live in today, parents wonder whether all the student data collected is safe from prying eyes.  In this recent Fordham Law publication, we find some disturbing answers. Fordham Law: Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools  A new report, “Privacy and Cloud Computing in Public Schools,” published by Read More →

One of the most chilling aspects of Common Core is it’s coupling with child-monitoring, data collection systems promoted by the Federal government, in partner with our State’s government. Given recent growing concerns about the NSA’s spying programs, and their abuse by federal government employees, it’s a wonder more parents aren’t concerned about the government’s plans Read More →