To: Kraig Powell,
Subject: Please support HB 81
Date: Fri Feb 07 03:39:38 MST 2014
Please vote YES on HB 81. It protects parental rights by allowing any parent to participate in the review process for the new SAGE (Common Core) tests. The bill protects test integrity via non-disclosure. Currently, only 15 Utah parents are allowed to participate in the review process. This test review should be open to any parent who is willing to participate, and who will sign a non-disclosure agreement. The current non-disclosure agreement is too broad: it currently prohibits parents from even discussing test questions. While probably well-intended, it is an infringement of 1st amendment rights. This can be fixed by removing the word “discuss." The contract with the test's vendor (AIR) recommended that test questions be reviewed by at least 100 parents. There's no reason for Utah to have only 15. The parents in Utah who did review 10,000 questions in just 5 days flagged 597 questions that they found objectionable but only .43 were dropped, 156 changed, and the parents were not old which objectionable test questions remained in the test, or what changes were made. This is a HUGE concern for parents in districts around the state. Of course, 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 should be supportive, not domineering, over the primary role of a parent” (Utah Code Section 62A-4a-201).