From: Mindi Hamilton-Novasio
To: Brad Last, LaVar Christensen, Kim Coleman, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Justin Fawson, Francis Gibson, Eric Hutchings, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Rep. Michael Noel, Marie Poulson, Lowry Snow,
Subject: Please vote NO on HB 164
Date: Mon Feb 22 19:15:10 MST 2016
Body:
A vote of NO on HB 164 is so critical to protecting students.  
 
Lines 76-79 could be crushing to students. I know of Honors and GT (Gifted and Talented) students with 4.0 GPAs that are getting only 50% passing rate on these tests. It will put their entire future at stake!  These are brilliant students that will be the future of our country.  It is critical this bill is stopped! 
 
I know parents that still allow their kids to take exams on the SAGE (interim, summative, and formative) only because it can't be counted in their grade. If this passes, every one of them have said they will no longer allow their student to take the exams at all and will be taking it up with the districts and teachers instead.
 
Marie Paulsen is pushing a bill forward (HB 201) stating that teachers cannot be held accountable for these tests because of inaccurate data. The same principle applies to HB 164.  Students need protection as well from these inaccurate tests.  It is unethical to support protection for the teachers and not support protection of students as well.
 
Please vote NO on HB 164 and let the bill completely die this time.  And, thank you to the representatives that voted NO on this bill during the first round.  Please continue to vote NO again!
 
Thank you!
Mindi Hamilton-Novasio