To: Brad Last, Lowry Snow, LaVar Christensen, Kim Coleman, Bruce Cutler, Steve Eliason, Justin Fawson, Francis Gibson, Eric Hutchings, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, mnoel, Marie Poulson,
Subject: HB 164
Date: Tue Feb 16 15:15:49 MST 2016
Dear Members of the House Education Committee
Please vote no on HB 164 for the following reasons:
1. It allows for end-of-year state tests to determine grade promotion despite inadequate proof that these tests are intended for this use or are valid.
2. By allowing students who take the tests to receive incentives, parents who choose to opt out their student will potentially be perceived by their own child as the bad guys who won’t let them receive a reward for testing. This undermines parents' primary in their child’s life and education.
3. By not allowing parents to opt students out of ALL summative, formative and interim software/testing packages purchased by the state—not just year-end SAGE testing--the privacy rights of parents are violated as these tests mine for personal data.
Thank you for your service.
Meg Benson Ferry
905 North 6800 West
Corinne, UT 84307