Funding to be cut that provides schools information about Common Core tests

Funding to be cut that provides schools information about Common Core tests

ADVANCE, MO (KFVS) - Common Core continues to be a hot topic around Missouri, now there's even more fuel to the fire. A plan to take funding away from Common Core following a recent court ruling has forced even more changes.

Advance Superintendent Dr. Stan Seiler explains what this means for his district. He says the state will no longer provide funding for schools to get information about what's on the Common Core standardized tests, leaving schools no way to know how to prepare students.

Dr. Seiler says if things stay the way they are, students will be going into the test completely blind. He says in the midst of politics, students and schools are being left in limbo.

Later this spring, Missouri students take their first Common Core test. While this year, it's more or less a practice test, some administrators say it's hard to know what to expect.

"This has really become about the test and that's the biggest concern," Dr. Seiler said.

Dr. Seiler says it's been a tough transition already and a new court ruling has complicated it further.

"It changes things because since Missouri cannot be a member of the smarter balance consortium we don't have access to all of the tools, all the information that's out there," Dr. Seiler said.

Dr. Seiler says, a Cole County Court decided it unconstitutional for Missouri to be a part of a group that writes the Common Core test; it's the same group that provides schools with information on how to ready their students for the test.

"These are the standards, these are the concepts, the objectives that kids need to know and do to be able to perform well on this test," Dr. Seiler said.

With so much riding on these test scores, Dr. Seiler says going into the tests with little or no information could be detrimental.

"School districts are held accountable according to this test and you are handcuffing us because we can't get the information we need to help our kids," Dr. Seiler said.

Dr. Seiler says these new changes don't change the fact that students have to take the Common Core tests, it simply affects their ability to prepare.

"There was already that up in the air. Now, that has been exasperated tremendously because they have taken this little bit of information that we had about the new smarter balance test away," Dr. Seiler said.

The price that Missouri would have paid to be a member of the group from which they'd receive information about the tests $4.5 million.

Missouri House Speaker John Diehl says the state will strip that funding.

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