Gov. Daugaard Names Final Thirteen Members to Blue Ribbon Task Force

To complete the 26 member Blue Ribbon Task Force on Education Funding, Gov. Daugaard has named the additional members. The original members of the task force are legislators and members of Gov. Daugaard’s administration: Sen. Deb Soholt, Sioux Falls – Task-Force co-chair Rep. Jacqueline Sly, Rapid City – Task-Force co-chair Sen. Corey Brown, Gettysburg Sen.…

Some Thoughts from a Blue Ribbon Attendee

The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force has held public meetings in two of six scheduled cities around the state. Cindy Peterson, mother, business owner and wife from the Chamberlain area attended the business leaders meeting in Chamberlain on June 2, 2015. She sent me this email with her thoughts and observations from the meeting and…

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%.            …