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S.C.R. 13






Chief Sponsor: Aaron Osmond

House Sponsor: ____________

             8      LONG TITLE
             9      General Description:
             10          This concurrent resolution of the Legislature and the Governor urges the State Board of
             11      Education to reconsider the board's decision to adopt the Common Core standards.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This resolution:
             14          .    urges the State Board of Education to reconsider the board's decision to adopt the
             15      Common Core standards and, in reconsidering the decision, evaluate the cost,
             16      control, and quality of Utah standards in comparison to the cost, control, and quality
             17      of the Common Core standards.
             18      Special Clauses:
             19          None
             21      Be it resolved by the Legislature of the state of Utah, the Governor concurring therein:
             22          WHEREAS, high student performance is fundamentally linked to an overall reform of
             23      the public education system through a strong system of accountability and transparency built on
             24      state standards;
             25          WHEREAS, the responsibility for the upbringing and education of children lies with
             26      parents, supported by local school boards, and the state government;
             27          WHEREAS, Utah has an obligation to control Utah's core curriculum, the state of Utah

             28      shall maintain the right to modify its education curriculum without being subject to an entity
             29      outside our state;
             30          WHEREAS, in 2009 and 2010, the state was offered the chance to compete for
             31      education funding through the Race to the Top (RTTT) program created by the United States
             32      Department of Education;
             33          WHEREAS, the only way to achieve a score in the RTTT competition sufficient to
             34      qualify for funding was to agree to participate in a consortium of states working toward jointly
             35      developing and adopting a common set of kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum standards;
             36          WHEREAS, the only common set of kindergarten through grade 12 curriculum
             37      standards is the set of standards developed through the Common Core State Standards
             38      Initiative, which was created without a grant of authority from any state;
             39          WHEREAS, locally elected officials, school leaders, teachers, and parents were not
             40      included in the discussion, evaluation, and preparation of the Common Core standards;
             41          WHEREAS, citizens and elected officials had no opportunity to review or comment on
             42      the Common Core standards and states were not offered an option to modify the standards
             43      before adoption;
             44          WHEREAS, no empirical evidence indicates that centralized education standards result
             45      in higher student achievement;
             46          WHEREAS, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) currently allows
             47      comparisons of academic achievement to be made across states without the necessity of
             48      imposing national standards or curricula;
             49          WHEREAS, common standards will impair the ability of local stakeholders to innovate
             50      and continue to make improvement over time;
             51          WHEREAS, Race to the Top funding for states is limited, and $350 million for
             52      consortia to develop new assessments aligned with the Common Core standards is not
             53      sufficient to cover the costs of overhauling state accountability systems, which includes
             54      implementation of standards and testing, associated professional development, and curriculum
             55      restructuring;
             56          WHEREAS, all entities, public and private, that receive taxpayer funds either directly
             57      or in the form of a grant, stipend, or any other means are accountable to Utah taxpayers, and the
             58      State Board of Education is required annually to post on the Utah Public Finance Website

             59      created in Section 63A-3-402 , any funds received or spent on development of Utah's core
             60      curriculum as a result of the Common Core;
             61          WHEREAS, the centralized decision making that governs the Common Core standards
             62      is vulnerable to manipulation by special interest groups who over time may seek to lower the
             63      rigor and quality of the standards;
             64          WHEREAS, the United States Constitution, which recognizes Utah as a sovereign
             65      republic, acknowledges that the federal government has no educational mandate or authority
             66      and allows the states to direct their own education systems;
             67          WHEREAS, Utah should neither relinquish nor cede control of our education system to
             68      a consortium of other states or to the federal government; and
             69          WHEREAS, Utah is a governing member of the Smarter Balance Assessment
             70      Consortium (SBAC) and, as such, is required to use SBAC assessments with the Common
             71      Core standards:
             72          NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Legislature of the state of Utah, the
             73      Governor concurring therein, urges the State Board of Education to reconsider the board's
             74      decision to adopt the Common Core standards and, in reconsidering the board's decision,
             75      evaluate the cost, control, and quality of Utah standards and assessments compared to the cost,
             76      control, and quality of the Common Core standards and SBAC assessments.

Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-28-12 6:42 AM

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