Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Gov. Brown signs Student Assessment Bill of Rights

Statesman Journal 
June 23rd, 2015

Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that would require school districts to inform parents of public school students of their rights to opt out of standardized tests.
HB 2655, also called the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, passed the Oregon Senate June 11 after it generated a good deal of public testimony from educators, parents, students and advocates.
The bill enables parents to opt their children out of the Smarter Balanced assessment for any reason and requires that districts inform them of that right.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium was administered for the first time in Oregon public schools for the first time this year. It assesses students on the common core, which are learning goals adopted by the state in 2010. The test replaced the Oregon Assessment on Knowledge and Skills and is said to be more difficult and takes longer for students to complete.

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