Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education Public Hearings Schedule

Governor Daugaard appointed a task force to consider education funding in South Dakota. Because this task force seems to be heavily stacked in favor of the administration’s agenda – the education reform agenda – it is vital that parents and all members of the public attend and comment at the scheduled public meetings in June. Please…

Reasons to Refuse the SBAC and All State Assessments: Parents’ Constitutional Right

Reasons parents are refusing the SBAC assessment: The Cooperative Agreement between SBAC and the Federal Department of Education, demands that SBAC share student level data with the federal government. (Link 1) The federal DOE changed FERPA to allow sharing of student level data with “stakeholders” without parental consent. (Link 2) A Missouri court has found…

School Accountability Based on SBAC Test Scores

Parents wanting to refuse the SBAC test for their children are running into push back from their school superintendent. Why? The School Performance Index (SPI). By South Dakota Public School Accountability Index, for elementary schools, 80% of the SPI is based on the SBAC results. For high schools, it’s 50%.            …

South Dakota Medical Exemptions from Testing: Coma or Death

According to the South Dakota Accountability Workbook, the school, not you, can make a request for medical exemption from statewide accountability exams. What are those medical exemptions? Students with very serious, chronic, and fragile medical conditions can and do participate successfully in statewide assessment. However, there are rare and unique situations in which a student is unable…

The Danger of Computer Adaptive Tests (CAT)

The SBAC testing season is upon your children. Those who are getting paid to promote this agenda tout the benefits of Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). We are told that the test adjusts to each child. The test will adjust the next question depending on how the child answers the first question. When “selling” this concept, we…