Monday, February 15, 2010

MO HCR 13 and SB 936

Everyone needs to read this one. HCR 13 The beginning sounds good, but ask yourself... Why in the world would Missouri want to legislate "criterion-referenced" testing. We sure don't have that great of a record in creating quality math standards and assessments.

Don't we need the "reality check" that normative data could provide?

Secondly, why does HCR 13 specifically say that "An external audit would be preferable, but an internal audit would be acceptable, provided that the personnel involved be trained by professionals." An INTERNAL AUDIT (oxymoron) conducted by their own personnel which are trained BY professionals, but don't necessarily have to BE trained professionals!

Please consider sharing your thoughts on this resolution with our Representatives and Senators. The MDHE conducted a great Curriculum Alignment Initiative which seems to be ignored by DESE in this resolution. Why? We want our children prepared for college!

This is what we need!
SB 936 establishes the Missouri Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative within the Department of Higher Education. Matching funds may be provided by the Department and the General Assembly to fund the programs described in the act.

The Initiative will provide support to increase interest among K-12 students in science, technology, engineering, and math to increase the number of students who enter these fields at Missouri's public institutions of higher education.

Programs that may be supported through the Initiative include: endowed teaching professor programs to support faculty; scholarship programs to provide financial aid and loan forgiveness to Missouri students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics areas, as described in the act; experiential youth programs at public colleges or universities; and career enhancement programs for current elementary and secondary teachers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics fields to improve teaching quality.

Consider thanking Senator Pearce

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