Governor Brown signs Common Core opt out bill

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Governor Kate Brown signed a bill Tuesday that would make it easier for parents to opt out their students from the Common Core testing.

Earlier in June, the federal government sent a letter to Oregon leaders threatening to withhold $140 million in federal education funds if the bill was passed and signed into law.

After the bill was passed, lawmakers told KOIN 6 News there were serious questions with the overall test.

In a statement after she signed the bill into law, the governor said:

“The audit of the opportunity gap in the Oregon K-12 education system completed while I was Secretary of State underscored the need for accurate data across all student subgroups to evaluate student outcomes and make improvements at the student and system levels. But participation is crucial to success.

Under HB 2655, the State is responsible to ensure parents are aware of the purpose and value of assessments and receive notice from their local school districts about their rights and obligations.

Educators must engage with parents about the value of assessment and the potential consequences if parents opt out and student participation diminishes. We cannot afford to risk losing federal dollars, especially for students who have been traditionally underserved. I will monitor implementation and work with federal partners to ensure our funding is maintained.

“As educators and policy makers, it is important to demonstrate for parents the connection between high levels of student participation in assessment and system accountability – ensuring the success of every student.”

KOIN 6 News will continue to follow this story.

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