From: Jeff and Pam Budge
To: Francis Gibson, Lowry Snow, Patrice Arent, Richard Cunningham, Steve Eliason, Greg Hughes, Brad Last, David Lifferth, Daniel McCay, Carol Moss, Jim Nielson, Val Peterson, Marie Poulson, Kraig Powell, Dean Sanpei, Keven John Stratton,
Subject: Support H.B. 81
Date: Fri Feb 07 05:20:42 MST 2014
I am asking that you vote YES tomorrow on H.B. 81 Parental Review of Statewide Summative Test (Agenda item #2).
I believe this bill is crucial in providing parents the opportunity to exercise their rights to view "a
ll instructional materials, including teacher’s manuals, films, tapes, or other supplementary material which will be used in connection with any survey, analysis, or evaluation as part of any applicable program shall be available for inspection by the parents or guardians of the children." (United States Code, Title 20 1232h
Protection of pupil rights)
Considering these computer adaptive tests are used to evaluate students, I believe this rule should be applied in letting parents or guardians review the content of these tests.
Administrators, teachers, and parents are currently not allowed to view questions that students will be asked on these computer adaptive tests.
The 15-parent panel appointed to review the thousands of questions over a 5-day period on a one-time only basis, is not adequate.
This bill (H.B.81) states that "a
parent or guardian:
may not copy, distribute, or otherwise disclose the complete text of any summative test question"; therefore protecting the tests integrity.
I am choosing to support this bill because it supports parental rights and I am asking you to do the same. Thank you.
"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).