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 data it wishes to collect, the purpose and who would be receiving the data. Furthermore, only aggregated data could be shared with a third party. Currently, personally identifiable data is being shared with for-profit companies.
Both bills have passed out of the House and are headed for Senate hearings this month.
Other states are working to withdraw from Common Core© as well. So far, six states have paused or repealed Common Core©. Sixteen states currently have legislation related to Common Core© and related testing.
Missouri has successfully stopped participation in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium through a law suit. A judge agreed that the SBAC is an illegal interstate compact in violation of the US Constitution. It is a matter of time before all states will have to face the reality of this serious overreach into a state’s education system.
It is encouraging that the majority of people now understand the insidious nature of Common Core© and the data collection associated with it.