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RESOLUTION 1-20-2015 - Authorizing Submission for a Waiver from PARCC Assessments

RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
 OF
DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1

AUTHORIZING SUBMISSION FOR A WAIVER FROM PARCC ASSESSMENTS
 

WHEREAS, Colorado is a local control state, where local school board s are constitutionally granted broad discretion in setting curriculum and standards  for their students, and taking appropriate measures based on students' level of achievement toward those standards; and

WHEREAS, Douglas County School District has used that broad local control to pursue world-class education innovation s and the most rigorous academic standards - innovations and standards that will prepare its students for the demand s of the 21st Century workplace and global economy; and

WHEREAS, the Douglas County School Board desires to honor the concerns heard from its students, teachers, parents, and community regarding the negative effects of reducing instruction time in order to conduct additional state assessments, and regarding the unnecessary costs of administering such additional state assessments;  and

WHEREAS, the Douglas County School Board and District leadership has actively advocated for and advanced legislation (HB14-1202) which would provide school districts in Colorado an option to be fully accountable for creating quality, local assessments that measure what matters most for its students, report those results to the community, and  recognize  a parent's right to exempt their students from the statewide standardized tests without risk of a penalty to the student, teacher, school or district; and

WHEREAS, the Colorado State Board of Education passed a Resolution at its meeting on January 8, 2015 allowing local school boards to seek waivers from some assessments, related to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness in College and Career (PARCC) ;

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Douglas County School District Board of Education hereby authorizes the Superintendent or her designee to apply for waivers from the mandates of state PARCC assessments to the extent such waivers are made available by the State Board of Education, if such waivers are deemed to be in the best interests of the students of Douglas County School District.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board directs the Superintendent to work with district staff and school principals to develop two plans of action, one to be carried out if the waiver request is granted and a contingency plan to be carried out if the waiver request is not granted.

APPROVED this 20th day of January, 2015, by a vote of 5-0.

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT RE-1
BOARD OF EDUCATION
By:  Kevin P. Larsen, President

 

ATTEST:
By:  Nona Eichelberger
       Secretary, Board of Education