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June 22, 2017 Oregon State Board of Education testimony

Dear Chair Martinez, Jr. and Members of the Oregon State Board of Education:

I am writing in support of the State Board of Education’s Proposed Mission, Vision and Values on today’s agenda. The mission to promote educational practices that lead directly to every student’s success should be a priority and your vision to work with stakeholders to empower students has already been demonstrated by the decision to drop SBAC testing from 11th grade. Thank you for having the courage to make that decision.

Concerning values, eliminating barriers to equity should be prioritized, like the elimination of grade 3-8 testing that has only widened the achievement gap of our students, especially those most vulnerable. Student centered actions should not include personalized learning. The education community deserves a discussion about the meaning, potential effects and costs of personalized learning. This discussion would also be in line with integrity and transparency. Privacy issues concerning the use of our children’s data for social emotional learning benchmarks or commercial marketing deserves discussion.

Creativity remains the only solution to our future. When promoting innovation, please value human creativity and ignore the false promises offered by technology, supporting human instruction over machine learning.

Again, your commitment to inclusion has already been demonstrated by the decision to defund SBAC. Please continue to explore the roots of standardized testing and concerns about the use of prescriptive analytics on students. This leads to homogenization, contrary to valuing multiple perspectives. It has already affected Salem demographics.

Adaptability should prioritize human instruction over machine learning when considering a change to social, operational or financial conditions. Refuse to allow “any place, any time” technology fads to liquidate our community assets, like buildings and property. This destroys public education and our democracy.

Again, thank you for listening to parents and defunding SBAC Please finish the job and allow other assessments for grades 3-8. I have included images from a recent talk about personalized learning that may be of interest.

June 22, 2017

Dear Chair Martinez, Jr. and Members of the Oregon State Board of Education:

I am writing in support of the State Board of Education’s Proposed Mission, Vision and Values on today’s agenda. The mission to promote educational practices that lead directly to every student’s success should be a priority and your vision to work with stakeholders to empower students has already been demonstrated by the decision to drop SBAC testing from 11th grade. Thank you for having the courage to make that decision.

Concerning values, eliminating barriers to equity should be prioritized, like the elimination of grade 3-8 testing that has only widened the achievement gap of our students, especially those most vulnerable. Student centered actions should not include personalized learning. The education community deserves a discussion about the meaning, potential effects and costs of personalized learning. This discussion would also be in line with integrity and transparency. Privacy issues concerning the use of our children’s data for social emotional learning benchmarks or commercial marketing deserves discussion.

Creativity remains the only solution to our future. When promoting innovation, please value human creativity and ignore the false promises offered by technology, supporting human instruction over machine learning.

Again, your commitment to inclusion has already been demonstrated by the decision to defund SBAC. Please continue to explore the roots of standardized testing and concerns about the use of prescriptive analytics on students. This leads to homogenization, contrary to valuing multiple perspectives. It has already affected Salem demographics.

Adaptability should prioritize human instruction over machine learning when considering a change to social, operational or financial conditions. Refuse to allow “any place, any time” technology fads to liquidate our community assets, like buildings and property. This destroys public education and our democracy.

Again, thank you for listening to parents and defunding SBAC Please finish the job and allow other assessments for grades 3-8. I have included images from a recent talk about personalized learning that may be of interest.

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