Here’s the Monitor’s coverage of the upcoming Common Core legislation (emphasis added):
More than half a dozen Common Core-related bills will come before the Legislature next spring, nearly all of them coming from Republican lawmakers who are skeptical of the education standards and aim to limit their reach.
“I think it’s going to be the hot-button issue,” said Rep. Syndi White, a North Conway Democrat and Common Core supporter who also plans to introduce a bill on the standards.
Murotake will also introduce a bill to delay the tests by two years. [Here is our write-up on Dr. Murotake’s bill.] Teachers need more time to adjust to the content and teaching methods expected from Common Core, he said, and it’s unfair to begin the tests before people are ready. In states such as New York where the tests have already been rolled out, student scores have dropped dramatically.
Rep. Glenn Cordelli, a Tuftonboro Republican, will introduce a bill requiring test questions and answers to be posted online for review after the tests are given. He also wants to bring more transparency to the process of adopting future standards (uniform standards on science, for example, are in development). A bill he’ll introduce would keep authority to approve standards with the state board, but it would require a cost analysis and hearings to be held in each Executive Council district.
For Cordelli, privacy is also a major concern. He and Reps. Neal Kurk, a Weare Republican and longtime privacy advocate, and JR Hoell of Dunbarton plan to introduce bills aimed at limiting collection of and protecting student data. Common Core skeptics across the country say the new tests will collect sensitive student data that should be kept private. Unlike several other states, New Hampshire has not signed onto an initiative backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that would gather student data and make it available to private companies. But opponents here still say parents should have the final say over what information is collected about their children.
(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 email@example.com on Twitter@kronayne.)
for the full report, go to Lawmakers plan to introduce legislation aimed at Common Core – Concord Monitor.