From Politico:

“For all of the furor about the Common Core tests, one development has gone largely unnoticed: The federal funds that have sustained both the PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia are running out. Smarter Balanced’s budget [http://1.usa.gov/1waLNNW] shows its $175 million Race to the Top grant will carry it through the end of September. PARCC aims to stretch its funding through the fall of 2015 [http://1.usa.gov/1q3I4UU]. But both consortia expect to stay in business for many years to come. They will develop assessments and tools for teachers; set cut scores and monitor student performance; and serve as a conduit for collaboration among states. So how will they stay in business?”

The federal funds have run out… For Common Core to continue, state funds must now be used….

It is cheaper now to forgo the tiny bit of federal Dollars which will be lost, and pay for those services ourselves, than it is to go forward with these fake tests…..  which actually cost us almost double what we will get from the Feds…

The Feds provide roughly 6.6%.

Of that, lots can’t be touched because it includes things like money from the Department of Agriculture for free and reduced lunches, or money for special needs students. What they really mean is that we could (not necessarily “will”) take a hit to Title I funding which is a mainstay to many schools in with high poverty populations. But–and it is a really big BUT–that still only represents about a 1-1.5% funding cut even if the Feds take away ALL the Title I funding. That deficit could easily be made up at the State and local levels by (a) trimming out the bureaucratic support for that funding; and (b) money saved from eliminating large parts of the testing regime. But, in reality, the Feds aren’t going to take away anything but a percentage of that money if they even do that.”

One percent of the state educational budget is a measly $13 million….  The Smarter Balanced Tests at the very minimum, (governor’s estimate) cost $20 million a year to operate.

In this scenario, the image originally pervaded upon Greg Lavelle, (who is at fault for the SBA by switching his vote from “nay” to “yay”),, that the DOE had no other option other then the Smarter Balanced Assessment, is actually a better plan than going forward with the SBA.

When you have something that is a negative number… just reaching 0 is an improvement…..

So kill all funding for the SBA… We don’t need or want to spend state tax dollars on that worthless piece of junk…  It has done nothing positive… It’s results are flawed; it’s creates huge unnecessary animosity among the state’s parents, and it will ruin some local and state political careers…

We don’t need it; especially if it is no longer free.

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