From Common Core warrior, Jennifer Reynolds:

Here is a great review, from one of our CC Fighters, on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) which is directly tied to our new Common Core Assessment that was chosen for our state in November 2013- Arizona's Measurement of Educational Readiness to Inform Teaching (AzMERIT). AzMERIT is contracted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR) which is tied to SBAC.

http://www.air.org/resource/air-partners-smarter-balanced-assessment-consortium-create-online-test-delivery-system

Whew, sick of all of these acronyms yet? I sure am! Let us continue to work diligently on our Common Core bills this legislative session that will drive out Common Core and AzMERIT. Here is an update on the status of our bills so far. Our Common Core prohibition bills will be moving in the House in the next week or so:


HB2392- Common Core Prohibition.

HB2190- Common Core replacement and data privacy.

HB2246- Statewide assessments parental opt out.

HB2180- Menu of Assessments- provide multiple assessments to choose from. 
Passed 5-1 through House Education CommitteeAmended in Committee of the Whole (COW) on 2/4/15 and will be reviewed again on 2/9/15.
SB1191- Graduation passing test score 3-yr moratorium on assessment. 
Passed 7-0 through Senate Education Committee.
SB1247- Student Data Collection Privacy.

SB1289- School letter grade 3-yr Moratorium. 
Passed 6-1 through Senate Education Committee.
SB1305- Standards Improvement Committee.

SB1306- School Data Collection and Privacy.

SB1464- Student/Teacher data prohibitions.


Are you confused on all of the steps a bill goes through in the Senate and the House before it goes to the Governor to be signed and made into a law?Review these two documents "AZ Legislature 101" and "Legislative Glossary" on our website here:

http://arizonansagainstcommoncore.com/Arizona_Legislature_101.pdf
http://arizonansagainstcommoncore.com/Legislative_Glossery.pdf

-Jennifer Reynolds

[Editor: go to azleg.gov and put the Bill number in the box on the upper right corner and go to Versions to read the bill language.  It's good to know what the language is so you are sure to understand the entirety of the proposed law.]

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