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Amore Bill Would form Common Core Study Task Force

The bill would also delay next year's test based on the system until the 12-month study is complete.

Rep. Greg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) CREDIT: RI General Assembly
Rep. Greg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) CREDIT: RI General Assembly
Rep. Gregg Amore (D-Dist. 65, East Providence) has submitted a bill, 2014-H 7095, creating a task force to evaluate the Common Core State Standards that would also delay a new exam based on them.

RI adopted the Common Core standards in 2010, and is scheduled to implement a new exam based on them next year, according to a release from the Legislative Press Bureau.

The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) plans to distribute the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam, which is slated to replace the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), next year. The bill would delay that another 12 months, when the task force is expected to complete a report on CCSS and submitted it to the governor and the General Assembly.

“The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam, which is the test that is supposed to replace the NECAP, has not been properly vetted or validated,” Amore said, “Until we have all the facts in front of us and know what we’re getting ourselves into, we should not be holding anyone accountable through this system."

Amore's proposed task force would be comprised of 20 members, including the commissioner of education or a designee. 

The task force would study:

• A description of actions taken by the state to-date to in order to implement the common core state standards and a timeline of any subsequent actions to be taken;

• A comparison of the common core state standards for English language arts and mathematics to the core curriculum content standards in language arts literacy and mathematics that existed prior to the adoption of the common core state standards;

• An estimate of the full cost for school districts to implement the common core state standards, including projected costs and costs already incurred by districts in preparation for the new system;

• An analysis of students’ performance on the state assessments prior to the 2012-2013 school year and in the 2012-2013 and subsequent school years. The analysis shall assess changes in the achievement gap between different racial and ethnic groups, as well as different economic groups.

The task force would also be charged with evaluating the issue of student and family personal data mining and the right to students’ privacy. Members of the panel would consider data related to learning disabilities, student behavior, political affiliation, religious affiliation and medical history.

The task force would also be required to hold at least four public hearings, with at least one meeting in each of the northern, central and southern regions of the state. 
Rumford Resident January 25, 2014 at 07:43 AM
Not sure why Patch did not ask the obvious question, 'does Education Commissioner Gist support this bill?' My guess is she doesn't …. But I bet Val Lawson does……. Pretty obvious attempt to lower the bar…. We have known since 2010 that this was coming so a 'task force' is a blatant attempt to kill needed reform….. Lets not forget what the NEA and AFT always tell us though "its all about the KIDS!' Which is code for we don't mind lowering the bar
Horace Manic January 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM
ummm...NEA and AFT have endorsed Common Core.
Rumford Resident February 01, 2014 at 05:54 AM
The NEA and AFT 'endorse' parent choice as well…. as long as it fits into their definition of 'choice' The NEA is the same organization that stands behind a child molesterhttp://hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2014/01/21/campbell-brown-teachers-unions-are-fighting-efforts-to-keep-sex-offenders-out-of-classrooms/ The RI state house is filled with hacks like Amore who are represented by super hacks like Bob Walsh who are really there to defend special interests and their own pensions as opposed to seeking real change. They align themselves with dopes like Clay Pell who they can pull the strings as opposed to real leaders for change like Raimondo and Gist… And when there is true reform they try to loosen its effects and water it down Still waiting for Patch to do the follow up story and ask Commissioner Gist her thoughts. They mean a lot more than anything that comes from Amore

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