OSPI has two job openings of interest.
- Special Education, Dispute Resolution Program Supervisor
- Privacy and Records Governance Manager
Yikes! the Schools First! group (the group that manages the district's levy elections) has "Mayor" Mike McGinn as honorary co-chair. Wonder if anyone told them about Ed Murray. They have Lauren McGuire as BOTH an honorary co-chair AND a Board member. Both. She's busy.
From the Wait, What? blog, Jonathan Pelto reports this:
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium has provided its member
states with most of the results from the spring’s Common Core SBAC
Unlike Connecticut, where the Malloy administration is apparently
keeping the information secret as long as possible, the State of
Washington has been updating the public about the results as they came
in. As of two weeks ago, Washington State had already received the
results for more than 90% of its students.
The Common Core SBAC test results from Washington State confirm the worst fears that the Common Core SBAC test is designed to fail the vast
majority of public schools students.
And now the Washington State results are in and while children in the lower grades did better than initially projected, THE MAJORITY OF STUDENTS IN GRADES 5,6,7,8 AND 11 FAILED the Common Core SBAC test in math!
The State of Washington will be holding a press conference on August 18, 2015 at 10am to release the disaggregated district-level results for their state which will undoubtedly reveal that the SBAC test particularly discriminates against children from low-income homes,
children who face English language barriers and children who need special education services.
OSPI's website says there will be a "media roundtable" on August 12th, TBD and release of "Release of results for all spring 2015 state tests (at OSPI’s annual score release press conference and via email or SMS text) on August 17th. I'll have to check with OSPI on these dates.
From the Huffington Post ed blog, from John Thompson: Oklahoma's state PTA org has voted to boycott state testing.
Nate Robson reports in Oklahoma Watch that the Oklahoma Parent Teachers Association (PTA) has voted to boycott all non-federally mandated tests "in an attempt to pressure lawmakers to cut back the number of high-stakes tests students take." The PTA also asked that the state Department of Education not use the test scores to calculate school A-F grades, and called for the exemption of all schools from A-F grading if less than 95 percent of their students are tested.
Parents, students, and teachers rallied at the state Capitol but the legislature did not listen. So, Corbett promised, "Together, we will
take our classrooms out of the wallets of the testing companies and turn them back over to our teachers."
I would add that the Oklahoma PTA hit a nice balance. It did not undermine the efforts of State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister to work with the rest of state government and the USDOE in crafting alternatives to test, sort, reward, and punish. The PTA did not ask students to boycott the End of Instruction (EOI) tests they need to graduate. But,
they will boycott enough tests to throw a monkey wrench into the worst test-driven policies.
Thompson then says:
My sense, which grew stronger during last week's EngageOK state education conference, is that almost all of Oklahoma's stakeholders are
disenchanted with test-driven reform. In conversations with district and state leaders, as well as educators, it seems that corporate school
reform has been repudiated by liberals, conservatives, parents, students, educators, and local government representatives.
It is the USDOE -- and its misuse of federal power through the NCLB waiver -- that is keeping output-driven reform on life support. As Secretary of Education Arne Duncan's term winds down, and after next spring's test boycott, it will clearly be time to pull the plug on the failed experiment. And, we will have parents, more than anyone else, to thank for freeing our children from the education malpractice known as "reform."