Concerns Regarding SB 1797 By Clark Jolley of the Senate and HB2762 By Lee Denney of the House
The bill changes the name of the Education Oversight Board (EOB) to the
Commission for Education, InstructionQuality and Accountability
(CEIQA).NOBODY knows how much PARCC tests will cost ($30-50/student?).NOBODY knows what PARCC tests look like.PARCC tests must be administered on computer
HOW MUCH WILL TECHNOLOGY COST THE STATE?NOBODY knows what the performance descriptors for the test are.NOBODY knows the cut scores.DOES ANYBODY KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THESE TESTS OTHER THAN WHAT ACHIEVE, PEARSON, COMMON CORESTATE STANDARDS INITIATVE, ARNE DUNCAN AND PRESIDENT OBAMA ARE SAYING ABOUT THEM?
Reorganizes the EOB into a new commission of 6 appointed members and the Secretary of Education (7) from 5appointed members and two elected officials (7)2.
The majority of the seven members are members of the BUSINESS community (4) - persons from the businesscommunity will oversee nearly all law pertaining to teachers and schools
2 appointed members from higher ed or public schools (added since introduction)
Accountability for AYP, letter grading of schools, etc. is laudable, but, how can businessmen who mostlikely know nothing about education practices really be objective?
Ignorance can be an impediment to objectivity.
Is business so overrepresented because they are considered “stakeholders” in public education –
IsOklahoma public education being remade to churn out workers for businesses (as is done in China) sowe must make public education accountable to the business sector?
Reorganizes the EOB into a new commission that oversees another appointed office (Office of Education Quality& Accountability) also containing no elected officials.
What does this buy Oklahoma? How is this true consolidation? What is this purpose?4.
Reorganizes the EOB into a new commission authorized to enter into contracts with private vendors
The DOE is supposed to enter into contracts with vendors for services.
Why usurp DOE authority in the name of accountability when there is a school board which is to provideaccountability?5.
MOST IMPORTANTLY: Part C REMOVES NAEP
as the baseline for performance level descriptors and changes itto the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers - PARCC
The State Superintendent entered Oklahoma as a governing state of PARCC early into her tenure inorder to
have a “seat at the table” for producing the assessments for the Common Core State Standards
PARCC is a nationalized test with costs that have not been identified or budgeted for our state.
NAEP already has TESTED performance descriptors that Oklahoma has used for years. PARCC has NONE
they are still in development!
By removing NAEP and inserting PARCC in this legislation, the descriptors will ONLY apply to the PARCCtests. This means we'll HAVE to
the PARCC tests and the PARCC tests are set to measure theCommon Core State Standards.PARCC performance level descriptors -----> PARCC tests -------> Common Core State Standards
WHY IS NAEP REMOVEAL IMPORTANT?