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Yes! You can refuse the SBAC and you absolutely should.

As a parent, you direct the well-being and education of your child. That doesn't mean asking permission for your child to not participate in a non-standardized, high-stakes, insecure and invalid test that we know harms our children, our teachers, our communities, and public education as a whole.

Connecticut...JUST SAY NO TO THE SBAC!

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USPIE “DATA PERSONAL PROPERTY RIGHTS” POSITION STATEMENT The Founders of the United States government insisted that property rights were at least as important as personal rights. In Fe…
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Pillaging school districts for tech profits: "Silicon Valley is going all out to own America’s school computer-and-software market, projected to reach $21 billion in sales by 2020. An industry has grown up around courting public-school decision makers, and tech companies are using a sophisticated playbook to reach them."

Tech firms are deploying sophisticated marketing techniques to try to sell their wares into America’s schools.
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"To be fair, researchers, educators and psychologists say several factors are responsible for the spike; however, pressure from standardized testing is high on the list."

To be fair, researchers, educators and psychologists say several factors are responsible for the spike; however, pressure from standardized testing is hi...
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Interesting... this is what Dr Stotsky was stating would happen 7 years ago when she refused to sign off on the standards that had ZERO evidence based research behind them. They knew. We did our best to warn you, but hey, some fancy guy in a suit said it was RIGOROUS! Fools. Our kids are paying the price! #beyourkidsvoice #GetInvolved

Lisa Hudson: Recent research shows the average 12th grader reads at a 7th grade level. This finding isn’t terribly surprising.

Recent research shows the average 12th grader reads at a 7th grade level. This finding isn’t terribly surprising. According to Renaissance Learning, developer of the popular Accelerated Reader, in…
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"NEW CONNECTICUT LAWS: This contains an update to the STUDENT DATA PRIVACY law, which allows school districts to give away student data without notifying families, and gives companies until 2018 to protect that data. Many district adminstrators/BOE's lobbied against families/children to have this law modified to the benefit of the vendors, while increasingly putting students on web-based/digital services as part of the tax-payer funded k-12 education, thereby increasing the ...digital footprint of our children. Their future privacy continues to be at risk."

"Last year, Public Act 16-189, An Act Concerning Student Data Privacy, which became effective October 1, 2016, established a number of new requirements relating to the use and handling of student data, including a requirement to enter into written contracts with contractors with speci c provisions any time a board shares or provides access to student information, student records, or student-generated content with such contractor. Public Act 17-200, effective from passage, delays the contract requirements of Public Act 16-189"

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Report released today by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado. Personal privacy in school is very much at risk today:

"..marketing through education technology now routinely engages students in activities that facilitate the collection of valuable personal data and that socialize students to accept relentless monitoring and surveillance as normal."

Digital technologies used in schools are increasingly being harnessed to amplify corporate marketing and profit-making and extend the reach of commercializing activities into every aspect of students’ school lives. In addition to the long-standing goal of providing brand exposure, marketing through…
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Report released today by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado. Personal privacy in school is very much at risk today:

"..marketing through education technology now routinely engages students in activities that facilitate the collection of valuable personal data and that socialize students to accept relentless monitoring and surveillance as normal."

Digital technologies used in schools are increasingly being harnessed to amplify corporate marketing and profit-making and extend the reach of commercializing activities into every aspect of students’ school lives. In addition to the long-standing goal of providing brand exposure, marketing through…
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Student Data Privacy Toolkit for Connecticut School Districts was released on July 10, 2017 by the Connecticut Commssion for Educational Technology.

This resource provides your district with guidance on how to comply with Public Act 169. It also serves to inform parents on what steps their districts should be taking to protect student data and the information parents should be receiving.

This includes information on understanding the law's requirements, suggested contract a...greement terms with vendors, security questions to ask vendors, sample notifications for parents, creating a software inventory, procurement protocol, best practices for educators to follow, and crowdsourced agreeements at the state level with priority vendors.

There are also many resource links within the toolkit.

While we know that the commission representatatives reversed course in public testimony on the delay of this bill and got on the state bandwagon, credit is due to them for all of their work on this law and what they are providing to districts to help them comply.

You may wish to share this toolkit with others and with members of your school district.

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Student Data Privacy Toolkit for Connecticut School Districts was released on July 10, 2017 by the Connecticut Commssion for Educational Technology.

This resou...rce provides your district with guidance on how to comply with Public Act 16-189 . It also serves to inform parents on what steps their districts should be taking to protect student data and the information parents should be receiving.

This includes information on understanding the law's requirements, suggested contract agreement terms with vendors, security questions to ask vendors, sample notifications for parents, creating a software inventory, procurement protocol, best practices for educators to follow, and crowdsourced agreeements at the state level with priority vendors.

There are also many resource links within the toolkit.

While we know that the commission representatatives reversed course in public testimony on the delay of this bill and got on the state bandwagon, credit is due to them for all of their work on this law and what they are providing to districts to help them comply.

You may wish to share this toolkit with others and with members of your school district.

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Would CEA dare to do the same?

MTA (Massachusetts Teachers Association) vs. Personalized Learning: “We Can Fight it.”

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For all those great teachers out there...

A friend and I were grousing about ignorance run amok. “Americans get their information from internet memes,” I laughed. “And in the true spirit of democracy, dullards who have never cracked a boo…
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Competency Based Education, called Mastery Based Education here in CT. Some towns have subjected their children to this resurrected approach to education that was beaten into submission decades ago. This time it has been sold hard and its re-emergence ties to work force development initiatives.

At what expense though? We are interested in obtaining feedback from parents in districts who have implemented this approach. Does performance equate to real learning? What are the effects of assessing performance against prescribed outcomes?

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The slightly-cranky voice navigating the world of educational "reform" while trying to still pursue the mission of providing quality education.
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On June 7th, Connecticut took a step backward and left the door open for the exploitation of our children's, families, and even teachers data.

One has to ask themselves why legislators would vote to not enforce PA 16-189 and instead vote to open loopholes for third party access to data from our children, families, and teachers without holding the parties accountable for the use and security of the data.

Legislators who were for HB-7207 argued that the act placed an undo burde...n upon the districts. In other words, it would be too much work to correct the bad policies and agreements that were already in place and the heavy reliance on technology in and out of the classroom could not be obstructed by something like making sure protections were in place.

For every constituent of a legislator who knowingly or neglectfully voted in favor of passing this bill, the message to you should be clear.

Joseph Cirasuolo, Executive Director of CAPSS, in his testimony supporting HB-7207 stated "The sheer number of these programs makes it virtually impossible for them to be comprehensively identified and for the resultant Act provisions to be implemented". Evidently, Mr. Cirasuolo felt that, because the number of potential predators was excessive, it did not make sense to try and implement a system, as soon as possible, to identify as many as possible. Really Mr. Cirasuolo?

We'll leave you with the testimony of Ray Rossomando, Research and Policy Specialist with the CEA. We've not always agreed with the CEA's position on topics, but here Mr. Rossomando makes very clear the effects of passing HB-7207 and reminds us of why PA 16-189 was passed in the first place. Across both parties, legislators should be apologizing to the voters for leaving ALL of our children, families, and teachers at risk. Please take a moment to read his testimony.

https://www.cga.ct.gov/…/2017HB-07207-R000306-Rossomando%20…

Please act today, reach out to your legislators, and hold them accountable. Please attend Board of Education meetings and demand local policies addressing data privacy and security that demonstrate the community does care. Let your districts know that you know what's going on and that it is NOT OK for data to be shared without consent. If that means it undermines how districts have planned to deliver education, then so be it. They will need to adjust, just as they've expect you to adjust.

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Local education should be OF the people, BY the people, and, FOR the people.
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Just heard about this web film from 2016, available on YouTubeRed. Anyone see this film yet?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XD3M5JN1uhg&vl=en

Set in a future where population control is dictated by a high school aptitude test, two students must take down the system before it takes them first. The T...
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CT parents...

The law to POSTPONE the privacy protections of the Student Data Privacy Bill has passed last night.

This means your child's data can be handed over to 3rd party vendors, and you will not know. They can share or sell that data. There can be a breech of that data and you won't know. The only way to protect your children's data is to 1) Say NO to sharing "Directory Information, and 2) Say NO to the Acceptable Use Policy.

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If it was no big deal, we wouldn't have big tech executives flying into Hartford to fight parents over their children's information ... think about it??!? 🤔🤔 Only you can #beyourkidsvoice #GetInvolved

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Sound familiar? The Feds won't mandate School Choice, but it would be a "terrible mistake" for states to not adopt it. Sounds eerily like Common Core State Standards, which also "wasn't mandated" but whose incentives for economically strapped states were simply too enticing.

What happens when State/Fed money travels to these alternatives? Will the alternatives now also be "accountable" to the same bureaucratic bodies who have created the issues in the first place?

Here is s...ome food for thought. Yes, having a choice sounds like a great idea. What if the choices all lead to the same oversight and standards based outcomes? Is that really choice?

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Betsy DeVos, the U.S. education secretary, said Monday that although President Trump’s administration will put forward plans of a historic expansion of school choice, the ultimate decision will be left with the states, not Washington.
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The deeper understanding behind teaching math facts is that they play an important role as building blocks for higher level math. They facilitate "number sense" and the ability to rapidly recall math facts aids in mental computation...you know the sorts of math computations we do on a daily basis when we don't have paper and pencil to perform the task.

Chris Simo-Kinzer shared a link to the group: CMS-K: Education Info & Opinions.

Been saying this all along. The major pushback needs to come from the teachers.

Manitoba is rolling out a revised curriculum for elementary schools that explicitly requires students to learn times tables, math 'facts' and standard algorithms
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