In all the fuss over our standards, budget cuts, and the upcoming elections, we may have forgotten about two little bills that could make a huge impact on the education of our high school students.
Senate Bill 1170 and House Bill 2527 both seek to terminate our current End-of-Instruction exams and replace them with the ACT, Iowa Test of Basic Skills, or SAT, which would be paid for by the state. (Both cheaper and more effective than our current EOI system. Don’t believe me, just Google CTB/McGraw-Hill in Oklahoma.)
So what’s happening with these bills?
In an email response sent to us on Easter Sunday, Rep. Dennis Casey, R-Morrison, who authored HB 2527, stated:
I think the goal of both education committees, house and senate, is to bring one bill through. Communication has been good on both sides determining at the end of day what that bill needs to look like.
Neither bill is on the agenda for Monday. Call and write your legislator, or those on the education committees, to let them know you support these bills.
In the meantime, the follow editorial by Sen. Charles Wyrick, D-Fairland, explains the impact the bills would have.
By eliminating the high-stakes EOI testing procedure, it allows for greater control on the local level in determining what practices are used to measure academic mastery for students.
The bill states the State Board of Education would work with Higher Ed and CareerTech to develop a list of approved assessments that would align with the Every Student Succeeds Act.