Legislators need to Vote NO on SB 1581 as it focuses on narrow measures of student achievement based on test scores. There is no mention of what it takes for students to receive a quality, well-rounded education, and there is no mention of supports and services for students. These plans affecting our public schools have had barely any input from the public.
An OEIB representative recently testified that they have no idea how much it will cost to achieve the 40-40-20 goal, and no one has accounted for the costs of this reporting, or the related new assessments that will be coming through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. We need meaningful revenue reform for our schools, not narrow accountability measures. Many districts are still looking at harsh cuts for the next school year, and it is unconscionable we would force another unfunded mandate on them.
By focusing on narrow test scores we may create a state of great test takers, but we will lack the critical and creative thinkers our state needs and the type of education our students deserve. Vote NO on SB 1581 because Oregon can do much better than this!
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