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UPDATE: April 24th, 2013: A Pivotal Day for Louisiana Education

April 25, 2013


UPDATE 04-30-13:

HB 343: SPED Exemption from ACT; No Penalty to Schools for Opt-out Students on ACT

HB 613: Parental Opt-out of ACT

From the Baton Rouge Advocate:

A bill that would lift the state rule that high school special education students take the ACT and other tests passed the House Education Committee on a 14-1 vote Tuesday [April 30, 2013].

The measure, House Bill 343, next faces action on the House floor.

The legislation would apply to students with individualized education plans who are not pursuing a high school diploma. Those students typically aim for a certificate of attendance or other recognition.

State Rep. John Bel Edwards, D-Amite, sponsor of HB343, said giving the ACT — a test of college readiness — and other exams to special education students “does not capture anything that is meaningful or relevant.”

Edwards said teachers have told him that forcing students to…

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  1. From Lottie Beebe, La. BESE member (posted on FB):

    “Report from the House Education Committee: a favorable approval of delaying the “punitive consequences set forth in Compass for one year” to allow for the actual piloting of the teacher evaluation program. While this may be perceived as a major victory, there will be forthcoming debates on the House Floor and Senate.

    “An observation made was there was no objection. My point is two major players were absent from the table. Superintendent White and Chas Roemer, BESE President, did not speak to the item. Does this mean another agenda? You bet. My gut feeling is there will be a move to support an evaluative process advocated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The process contains multiple measures which many have been promoting. The sad reality in this debate is the number of educators (quality) who have made decisions to walk away from a profession that appears to no longer be a noble one. Where is the respect?

    “Louisiana has become a giant educational experiment. The first rubric used in the “pilot” was Dr. Strong’s. After four months, there was a move to Charlotte Danielson. (Because Ms. Danielson was honest and conveyed her instrument would lack reliability and stability if used in piecemeal fashion, she becomes a “pain”, or is “lame”–according to email conversations between LDOE staff reported recently.) Now, there is a move to distance from Ms. Danielson. It is evident the MET Project will be implemented in Louisiana shortly. However, I have access to an analysis done by Jesse Rothstein, an economist from the University of California at Berkeley (2009-010). Simply put, Rothstein notes the Met Project is assembling an unprecedented database of teacher practice and measures that promise to greatly improve our understanding of teacher performance. Rothstein succinctly states they are unlikely to be useful measures of teacher effectiveness.

    “In closing, my point is time is needed to research various instruments, methods, etc. before we jump onto another “band wagon”. Let’s hope our Legislators will heed the concerns of our educators so we can get this evaluation process right.”

  2. Claire Landry permalink

    Thanks for the update

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