From: Amy Burton
Subject: Vote Yes on HB81
Date: Fri Feb 07 04:39:17 MST 2014
YES on HB81. HB81 protects parental rights by allowing any parent to participate in the review process for SAGE/ A.I.R. (Common Core) tests. This bill protects integrity by non-disclosure.
Parents have the Constitutionally-protected right and duty to exercise primary control over the care, supervision, upbringing, and education of their children (Utah Code Section 62A-4a-201).
The state's role is secondary and supportive to the primary role of a parent” (Utah Code Section 62A-4a-201).
Passs HB 81 out of committee.
Currently only 15 parents are allowed to participate in the test review process. This should be open to any parent who would like to be involved and will to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
The contract with A.I.R. (the testing vendor) suggested that test questions be reviewed by 100 parents.
--- 15 parents reviewed approximately 10,000 questions in just 5 days. That is a lot of questions to review in such a short time. It would be so much more effective to have more parents involved in the process.
---- The 15 parents flagged 597 questions that they found objectionable.
---- In spite of their concerns, only a 43 of the objectionable questions where dropped. 157 questions were changed. The parents were not told which questions were changed and which ones dropped.
The current non-disclosure currently prohibits parents from discussing test questions. This is a violation of 1st amendment rights.