Kansas chooses KU CETE Assessments – withdraws from SBAC

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In case you missed it…  THIS happened at the KS State Board of Education meeting yesterday in Topeka!

Kansas withdrew Tuesday from a federally funded, state-led initiative to develop tests aligned to the controversial Common Core mathematics and English standards, choosing instead to commission the tests from The University of Kansas.

After hours of in-depth discussion, the Kansas State Board of Education voted 8-2 to walk away from a years-long effort that Kansas played a lead role in — the Smarter Balanced state consortium that is developing Common Core tests with a federal Race to the Top Grant.

Please take a few minutes to send a THANK YOU to the KS State BOE members (emails below) who supported Kansas assessments through the KU CETE, and voted against SBAC at yesterday’s meeting.  We sincerely appreciate them taking the time to research this very important issue, and vote in favor of Kansas assessments from KU CETE.

Read more here: http://cjonline.com/news/2013-12-10/kansas-opts-create-its-own-common-core-tests

There were actually two votes yesterday.  Here are the results and the email addresses for the SBOE members.  Additional contact information can be found here: http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=54.

 1st Vote MOTION:  Mrs. Sally Cauble moves to accept SBAC for grades 3-8 and flexibility for high school level.

 No (to SBAC) – Mrs. Kathy Busch (kathy.busch@ymail.com), Mrs. Deena Horst (deena@worldlinc.net ), Mr. John Bacon (jwmsbacon@aol.com), Mr. Kenneth Willard (kwillard48@gmail.com) and Mr. Steve Roberts (mrxmath@gmail.com)

 Yes – Mrs. Janet Waugh (JWaugh1052@aol.com), Mrs. Jana Shaver (jshaver@cableone.net), Mr. Jim McNiece (nemprin@yahoo.com), Mrs. Sally Cauble (scauble@swko.net), Ms. Carolyn L. Wims-Campbell (campbell4kansasboe@verizon.net)

 2nd Vote MOTION:  Mr. Kenneth Willard moves that KS adopt tests designed by KU’s CETE for grades 3-8, with flexibility for high school.

 Yes (to KU CETE) – Mrs. Kathy Busch (kathy.busch@ymail.com), Mrs. Deena Horst (deena@worldlinc.net ), Mr. John Bacon (jwmsbacon@aol.com), Mr. Kenneth Willard (kwillard48@gmail.com), Mr. Steve Roberts (mrxmath@gmail.com), Mrs. Janet Waugh (JWaugh1052@aol.com), Mrs. Jana Shaver (jshaver@cableone.net), and Mr. Jim McNiece (nemprin@yahoo.com)

 No – Mrs. Sally Cauble (scauble@swko.net), Ms. Carolyn L. Wims-Campbell (campbell4kansasboe@verizon.net)

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And in case you missed it, this also happened at the meeting:

State board approves handwriting standards
Topeka — The Kansas State Board of Education voted unanimously today to approve new standards for handwriting, including a statement that the board “expects” schools to ensure that all students can write legibly in cursive and be able to read material written in cursive.

John Boesen, a handwriting analyst from Salina, told the state board today that learning to write helps develop cognitive and motor skills, and that it is still an important form of communication.

 “The pen is mightier than the keyboard,” Boesen said.

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And a big THANK YOU to every person who has taken time to research the facts, attend a State BOE meeting, speak at a State BOE meeting, contact the State BOE members,  and share the information with friends and family.

We can make a difference…. 3 minutes at a time!

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Kansas chooses KU CETE Assessments – withdraws from SBAC

    • Once again the voices of ignorance “save” the day., I imagine parents and gov officials in other developed countries were pleased that we do not want our students in Kansas to measure up to their students, thus insuring that they will continue to move past the United States economically. One would think that you would want your children to have a better future then you did, that is what most parents want. So sad that this does not appear to be true!!.

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