A school board in Colorado’s second largest city unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday attempting to obtain a dispensation from mandates in both the State and Federal Common Core curriculum.
The school board of Colorado Springs School District 11, the main school district in the city, unanimously passed the district without any objection at the meeting.
The superintendent of Colorado Springs School District 11 now has the green light to ask the state for the district to be exempt from new state assessments that begin this school year, according to The Gazette.
“One size does not fit all…Colorado Springs School District 11 believes in assessments and accountability. We’re asking for flexibility.”
Denver Parent Kellie Conn explained that she didn’t want her children reading a test for “hours” a day, reports KOAA.
“I want my young kids to enjoy education and learning, I don’t want them staring at a test for hours day, after day, after day.
“Hopefully it will creep into Jefferson County, into Denver, it will creep into Littleton.”
The decision to pass the resolution even drew praise from Colorado Springs Education Association president Kevin Vick.
“We hope these efforts will lead to a more enriching education for our students.”
Now that District 11 passed the resolution, the district will present it to the Colorado State Board of Education. Gledich tells KOAA that he is uncertain how the conversation will unfold, but will not give up if he is turned away.
“Then District 11 will have [to] continue to find some way to remove some of those other pressures so our teachers can teach to our children and not teach to a test.”
One obstacle for District 11 to overcome is the fact that Colorado serves as a governing member of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a multistate group that produces standardized tests. Colorado’s state board of education voted to ask their legislature to pull out of PARCC in April, but it was too late to take any action at that point.
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The Gazette notes that if District 11 is successful, it would be the first school district in the state to opt out of standardized testing.
H/T The Daily Caller
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