Wyoming Liberty Group
For those of you who do not follow the news closely, you may have missed a recent piece on Wyoming Attorney General’s (AG) August letter stating that parents do not have the right to opt their children out of high stakes statewide testing in the public education system.
For many parents in Wyoming, the AG’s high handedness came as a shock. The letter came after a long string of emails from parents this spring requesting release of their children from these tests culminated in a stalemate with the Wyoming Department of Education [WDE]. The WDE was unable to prove to parents that state and federal law required their children to be tested, regardless of their parents’ wishes. So the WDE asked the AG to weigh in.
(Today we are thrilled to welcome a guest blogger, Sandy Shanor. Sandy is a longtime Cheyenne resident and vice chairman of the Laramie County School District #1 Board of Trustees. She has over 40 years of experience as a parent, teacher, administrator, consultant and board member.)
Throughout my 40 years in education, I have seen a lot of experiments, trends, and fads come and go. Some garnered short-lived attention, others bandwagoning, and some gained permanency.
Fed Ed Secretary Arne Duncan announced this week that the U.S. Department of Ed is initiating a multifaceted new strategy to ensure every American public school child will have equal opportunities to learn. This despite the fact that provisions of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) regarding training “highly qualified teachers” and reporting on teacher/student ratios has been required since the federal legislation passed in 2002.
“The modern snake oil salesman is the education consultant. Education reform strategies such as Next Generation, Common Core and Smarter Balance Assessment tend to ignore the physiology of the brain and the cognitive level at which students can function at various life stages.”
As the fight against education schemes like the Common Core continue to grow across Wyoming, here’s one Wyoming teacher's take on the Next Generation Science standards. We agree with him that standards like the Common Core are not excellent and top performing students will suffer under them.