I’m Sorry, Students

What does this video have to do with Arizona? This teacher is talking about the same kind of High Stakes Tests that are given to children here in Arizona as young as 8 years old.  AzMERIT is forced upon students, beginning in the third grade, and every year through high school.  In Arizona, it’s AzMERIT; in Utah, it’s SAGE;  in Florida it’s the FSA. All of these states, including Ohio and others, have paid $Millions to American Institutes for Research, one of the world’s largest behavioral and social science research and evaluation organizations to create these tests. 

As a parent, have you stood up for your child and opted out of AzMERIT?  Have you stood firm in the face of opposition from teachers, principals, school administrators, and the State?  If not, learn more by clicking HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.  

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SB 1455 Parental Opt Out Bill Back on Track! Call Senators NOW to vote YES

SB 1455 will be voted on by Arizona Senators on Monday, March 7, during the "Third Read" at 1:30 pm.  This bill, sponsored by Sen. Sylvia Allen, gives parents the legal authority to opt their children out of the statewide assessment adopted by the State Board of Education, including AzMERIT, with no penalty to the child, school, or school district.  

Please call your and other Senators’ offices beginning now and leave a voicemail message.  Follow up again Monday morning.  Ask them to please vote YES to SB 1455 during the Third Read on Monday.  See list of senators, with phone numbers and email addresses, by clicking on this article titled Opt Out Bill Hearing Today (UPDATE).

Last session, a similar bill failed by ONE VOTE.  This session, all senators are under extreme pressure by special interests that stand to gain money, power, school rankings, human cogs in the corporate machine, and private student data by keeping both Common Core and standardized testing in place.  It’s an election year for these senators.  Click HERE for the live proceedings and watch how they vote!    

During last Thursday’s COW (Committee of the Whole), Senator Allen supported SB1455 by citing  ARS 1-601, which declares the "fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, health care and mental health of their children is a fundamental right."  She also cited ESSA provisions that allow states and parents to opt students out of standardized testing.   

Statewide assessments are among the most controversial and least effective methods of assessing a child’s educational progress. If parents across the country are opting their children out of statewide assessments, there’s a good reason.

For those who are interested in knowing more about  why parents despise AzMERIT and standardized testing, keep reading.  

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Will the “Menu of Assessments” Negate the Need for “Parental Opt Out”? NO!

Recently, I posted an article titled Rep. Paul Boyer Won’t Allow Parental "Opt Out" Bill to be Heard!  It seems that Rep. Boyer believes that another bill, SB2544 Menu of Assessments, removes the need for HB2056 Parental Opt Out. 

HB2056 needs its “Day in Court.”   H2056 respects the rights of parents to protect their children.  You know, don’t you, that parents and their children, some as young as 8 years old, were literally bullied by principals and teachers into taking AzMerit.   Rep. Boyer and other legislators need to read RTS comments from parents and hear from them during the Committee process.  That won’t happen unless HB2056 is put on the agenda.

Truly, legislators will hear from parents if their children’s teachers haven’t designed the test, don’t know what’s on the test, don’t grade the test, and can’t help students correct wrong answers.  Legislators will hear from them if they suspect that the state-mandated test doesn’t truly measure their child’s progress.  Legislators will hear from them if they suspect that their children are being used as guinea pigs to line the pockets of testing companies, data collectors, and textbook companies.  Legislators will hear from them if they suspect that any state-mandated test serves school ratings more than it serves their children.

Here is my “short list” of questions:

1.  AzMerit was adopted without any proof from AIR that it was validated.  Is this not a concern of the Legislature or State Board?  Will you require AIR or any Test Provider to produce a certified copy of industry-standard validity reports?  Such reports would show the test’s construct validity, criterion validity, content validity, concurrent validity, and predictive validity.  

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Why is Common Core a Problem? Diane Douglas Town Hall in Globe: June 4

Diane Douglas has been hosting Town Hall "listening" events all over Arizona, giving the public a chance to come to the microphone and speak on whatever public school concern they have.  The hot topic is Common Core.  The event covering Payson will be held in Globe on June 4.  Click HERE to read the flyer for details.  If you can’t attend, you can send an email to Ms. Douglas at HearingEveryVoice@azed.gov.

Please note some points on the Flyer: 1) High Stakes Testing/AzMERIT.  2) Stop Collecting and Distributing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) on our children!

High Stakes Testing/AzMERIT

Here are just a few reasons to oppose AzMERIT and any "High Stakes Test" that is being given to Arizona’s kids:  

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Gina Ray to Speak 5/23 at Prescott Country Club: AzMERIT and Common Core

Please attend this very important seminar featuring Gina Ray, a Gilbert mom who started "Opt Out Arizona."  She will be speaking on the inferior Common Core standards and inappropriate high stakes testing (AzMERIT).  The mother of four children, Ms. Ray had never been involved in politics before.  After seeing her children experience the negative effects of Common Core, she began reading and researching the entire nationalized system.  She has been lobbying against it ever since and has made a huge impression!  

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Arizona Standards Development Committee Members Chosen

The State Board of Education (SBE) members Jared Taylor, Chuck Schmidt and Greg Miller (President) had a meeting on May 13 to select the 17 members on the new "Arizona Standards Development Committee" which was directed by Governor Ducey to "Replace Common Core."

Here are the 17-members of the "Arizona Standards Development Committee" that were selected:

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Gov. Ducey to Arizona Citizens: “Please Get Involved in the Process to Remove and Replace Common Core”

In his desire to get rid of and replace Common Core, Governor Doug Ducey called for a meeting of anti-Common Core leaders.  That meeting occurred on Tuesday, April 28, and was attended by Gina Ray, Jennifer Reynolds, Lisa Fink, Lisa Hudson, Anita Christy, and others.  State Board members Jared Taylor and Chuck Schmidt also attended.

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