Senator Boley Introduces SB429

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SB429 affirms the parent as the final authority in matters of a student’s education and requires prior written consent for disclosure of student information other than in the aggregate, prohibits the implementation of the Common Core Assessments to allow for statewide hearings to fully vet Common Core, and requires a full cost accounting for the implementation of Common Core and the Assessments.

(House Companion Bill HB 4383 By Sponsors Delegates Butler, Ireland, Hamrick, Cadle, Pasdon, Ellem, Gearheart, Cooper, Storch, Folk, Armstead)

 

 

Senate Bill No. 429

(By Senators Boley, Nohe, Barnes, Blair, Carmichael, Cole, M. Hall, Jenkins, Sypolt and Walters)

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[Introduced January 24, 2014; referred to the Committee on Education; and then to the Committee on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-1-5, relating to public school curricular standards and assessments; establishing a Legislative Common Core Study Committee to study issues relating to implementation of Common Core standards and assessments in West Virginia and report to the Governor and Legislature no later than six months after the final public hearing, or on or before the first day of the 2016 Regular Session of the Legislature, whichever comes first; requiring State Board of Education to undertake a study of fiscal costs associated with implementing Common Core standards and assessments and report to the Governor and Legislature on or before the first day of the 2016 Regular Session; placing a two-year moratorium on implementation of Common Core assessments; prohibiting the State Board of Education from sharing personally identifiable information of students or teachers except as provided; and definitions.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §18-1-5, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 1. DEFINITIONS; LIMITATIONS OF CHAPTER; GOALS FOREDUCATION.

§18-1-5. Public school curricular standards and assessments.

(a) For purposes of this section:

(1) “Longitudinal data system” means the West Virginia Longitudinal Data System, as well as any other data warehouse containing West Virginia student information, including regional, interstate or federal data warehouse organizations under contract to or with a memorandum of understanding with the West Virginia Department of Education or the State of West Virginia.

(2) “Educational agency or institution” means any public or private elementary or secondary school or institution of higher education.

(3)”Common Core” means the Common Core state standards adopted by the West Virginia State Board of Education on May 12, 2010, and also referred to as the West Virginia Next Generation Standards.

(4) “Common Core assessments” means the Smarter Balanced Assessments or any other student assessments intended to measure student achievement in the common core standards.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the State Board of Education may not continue to implement the Common Core assessments currently scheduled for school year 2014-2015 as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, for two years to allow for the following to occur:

(1) The appointment of a Legislative Common Core Study Committee which shall hold at least one public hearing in each congressional district of the state at which public and expert comment shall be taken on the Common Core standards and the associated assessments in the state’s public schools to determine the consequences of that implementation for academic achievement in the state, the ramifications of implementation, including those concerning loss of state sovereignty and control over any aspects of public education, and student data collection, storage and disclosure. The Committee shall be comprised of seven members of the West Virginia State Senate Education Committee, who shall be appointed by the President of the Senate, and seven members of the West Virginia House of Delegates Education Committee, who shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates. The Senate President and the House Speaker may not appoint more than four members of the same political party from their respective seven appointees. The committee shall make a final report of its findings, conclusions and recommendations to the Governor and Legislature no later than six months after the final public hearing, or on or before the first day of the 2016 Regular Session of the Legislature, whichever comes first; and

(2) A fiscal analysis of the past, present, and future cost of implementation of the Common Core standards, and associated assessments, including, but not limited to, curriculum, testing, data collection and storage, additional personnel, training, materials, equipment, hardware, software and computer upgrades, shall be presented to the Governor and the Legislature on or before the first day of the 2016 Regular Session. The West Virginia Department of Education shall contract with an independent entity with expertise in the development, implementation, and assessments to conduct the fiscal analysis.

(c) The state board may not adopt any national standards in curricular areas other than English Language Arts and Mathematics or any standards modeled on such national standards that are substantially identical to those national standards, without completing the process outlined in subsection (b).

(d) Pending the committee’s report of findings, the state shall reserve the right to withdraw from the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and may not implement the SBAC assessments aligned to the Common Core standards, and shall instead, adopt and implement new assessments that provide valid, reliable, and timely testing of student performance, focusing primarily on academic content knowledge.

(e) The State Board of Education may not enter into or renew an agreement that cedes to an outside entity control over curricular standards or assessments.

(f) The State of West Virginia affirms the parent or guardian as the final authority in all matters of their student’s education and prohibits the access, release, or sharing of personally identifiable information, student level data, or directory information without prior written affirmative consent of the parent or guardian.

(g) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, and pending the committee’s report of findings to the Governor and the Legislature, the superintendent of schools, the state board, the department, or any other state entity that deals with education may not do any of the following:

(1) Expend any funds on construction, enhancement, or expansion of any statewide longitudinal data system designed to track students, or compile personally identifiable student information, beyond what is necessary for administrative functions directly related to the student’s education, academic evaluation of programs and student progress, or for compliance as indicated in subdivision (5) of this subsection (f).

(2) Collect any new, share, or allow access to any personally identifiable information, directory information, or student level information of students or teachers with any entity outside the state without prior written affirmative consent of parent or guardian or teacher, except as indicated in subdivision (5) of this subsection (f).

(3) Share or allow access to any personally identifiable information, student level data, or directory information of students or teachers with any entity that intends to use that information to develop, market, distribute, or promote commercial products or services or that intends to transfer the information to any other entity for use in developing, marketing, distributing or promoting commercial products or service;

(4) Share or allow access to any personally identifiable information, student level data, or directory information of students or teachers with any entity within the state, unless that entity is an educational agency or an institution which the state expressly prohibits, in writing, the agency or institution from the following:

(A) Transferring the information to any other entity department agency or person;

(B) Using the information to develop, market, distribute, or promote commercial products or services, or to transfer information to any other entity for use in developing, marketing, distributing or promoting commercial products or services;

(C) Using the transfer of information for economic or workforce development planning.

(5) Share or allow access to any personally identifiable information, student level data, or directory information of students or teachers with the United States Department of Education unless prior affirmative written consent of the parent or guardian is obtained and all of the following apply:

(A) The sharing of information is required as a condition of receiving a federal education grant.

(B) The United States Department of Education agrees, in writing, to all of the following:

(I) To use the information only to evaluate the program or programs funded by the grant;

(ii) That the information will not be used for any research beyond that related to the evaluation of the program or programs funded by the grant, unless the teacher and parent or guardian of any student whose information will be used for the research affirmatively consents to that use in writing;

(iii) That it will not share the information with any other governmental or private entity, unless the teacher and parent or guardian of any student whose information will be shared affirmatively consents to that sharing in writing;

(iv) In the event that a parent or guardian gives prior affirmative written consent the United States Department of Education will inform the parent or guardian as to each data point that will be shared, and the purpose for each.

(v) That it will destroy the information upon completion of the evaluation of the program or program funded by the grant.

 

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to affirm the parent or guardian as the final authority in all matters of a student’s education and to require prior parental or guardian written affirmative consent for disclosure of any student information other than aggregate data that is not personally identifiable. The bill prohibits the State Board of Education from continuing to implement the Common Core assessments, and requires the formation of a Legislative Common Core Committee to conduct statewide hearings on the common core standards and associated assessments and to make a public report of findings to the Governor and the Legislature. The bill also prohibits the State Board of Education from expending funds for a statewide longitudinal data system designed to track students pending the committee’s report of findings, and requires a fiscal analysis of common core and associated assessment implementation.

 

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.

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  1. Robert casto says:

    We must keep the federal government out of are schools or they will be taught only what the federal government once them to learn. all moral values will be lost in this country.

  2. Robert casto says:

    we must protect our children their education is most important if we don’t protect them they will only learn what the federal government one step to learn all moral values will be lost in this state.

  3. Betty Tustin says:

    I am an informed citizen of the state of West Virginia. I’m against Common Core!

  4. Rebecca Moore says:

    Dear Senator Boley,

    As a parent I greatly appreciate your continued efforts to improve our public school system. And I support you and the other Senators 100%, but there is another issue happening in this state that you and many other Senators may or may not be aware of. It deals with Emergency Services.

    Emergency Services is a very needed service in not only WV but all states, cities and towns. First Responders, EMT’s and Paramedics are greatly needed to care for the sick and injured, but we are running into wall after wall in many areas, one of those being leadership and education (which you hold to a very high standard). I as an adult educator hold the standard of education very high also, no only for my child, other children and adults. One thinks that learning is over when they leave college, high school or become an adult, simply truth is learning and education is part of our daily routine and is a necessity.

    Thank you
    Rebecca Moore

  5. Donna Franks says:

    I agree with what this Senate Bill wants to do. However, i believe West Virginia needs to get out of Common Core altogether. It is NOT research-based but dollar-driven. It does nothing for our students but places them on the level of “sameness.” The level of complexity is confusing to struggling students. Word problems are tricky; worded in ways that turn in circles. ALL of Common Core needs to go!