Sunday, June 26, 2011

Rep. Kline on Arne Duncan: "He's Not the Nation's Superintendent."

When the U.S. Congress did not meet the administration's deadline for reauthorization and changes to the regulations under No Child Left Behind, Duncan decided to have Plan B. The Secretary would give States waivers in meeting those regulations IF they agreed to adopt the Common Core Standards. He was within his regulatory power to grant waivers, but seems to have crossed the line into legislative powers. Now U.S. Representative John Kline, the Chair of the House Education committee took notice:
“Unquestionably, Congress gave the secretary way too much authority in the stimulus bill when it said, ‘Here’s $5 billion, go do good things for education,’ ” Mr. Kline said.

States are running to the waiver offer. Idaho Superintendent of Education, Tom Luna, decided not to follow the NCLB and is not asking permission, apparently not interested in Duncan's waiver. Read the details at Missouri Education Watchdog.

Posted for Grumpy and Sandra


  1. Grumpy is a lot better at this than me but I told him I would hold down the fort.

  2. Fishy: You are doing just fine. TY

    Wish I were.

    CORRECTION. It should read that states are NOT running toward Duncan's waiver offer. They are taking an wait and see stance.

  3. Baltimore discovered some erasures at a a couple of schools and is taking action. Caveon Test Security is a booming business.

    "But the impact of a cheating incident can be outsized, casting a shadow of suspicion on an entire district and its legitimate progress. As a result, the 2011 MSA exams, whose scores will be announced next week, were administered under extraordinary security measures. Outside monitors watched as tests were opened to be distributed and then sealed after students completed them. The tests were stored in tamper-proof boxes under lock and key until collected by state officials.

    And next year, Grasmick said, every booklet will be reviewed.

    The need for verifiable test results has led to an entire industry devoted to analyzing results: checking for excessive erasures, for example, especially when the changes always make wrong answers into correct ones. Or, said Fremer, president of Utah-based Caveon Consulting Services, a batch of tests could show that every child had the same wrong answer on one question.",0,6697385.story


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