Representative Brooks: Academic Standards Bill and School Accountability Bill
50th District Assembly Representative, Ed Brooks, visited the WRJC Studios Tuesday morning. Brooks talked about bills that were being worked on and a bill that was about to be voted on in the Assembly: Academic standards and school accountability. With the proposed bill about academic standards, Brooks said confusion caused some dissension between the Legislature and the Department of Public Instruction. “DPI felt that politics were getting too involved in the academic part of things and the reality was what the Common Core bill called for was to have a panel or a committee of non-legislatures appointed by Superintendent Evers, some by the governor, some by the Speaker, some by the minority leader,” said Brooks. “So, it would have been stakeholders in the education field and would have covered all schools, whether it be public schools, charter school, or a voucher school.” Brooks said the bill requires more work to eliminate the confusion. He says the bill will be brought back to the Assembly next session. With the school accountability bill, Brooks says one criticism is that not all schools, that receive state funding, are evaluated in the same way and this bill would fix that. “People are going to set standards for the testing, to make sure these schools are teaching children; that if you’re a grade or two behind that you start to go the right direction,” said Brooks. “Currently, we have a colored system. It’s not A, B, or C, but it’s ‘exceeds expectations,’ ‘fails to meet expectations’, or ‘meets most of them’ that sort of thing. That standard would be in place for a couple more years, but then it would be replaced by a different scoring system.” Brooks says the scoring system is to make sure students are making progress in their learning. He is confident that the bill will pass the Assembly.
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