Oregon was persuaded to purchase the high-stakes corporate SBAC testing system by an employee of Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Tony Alpert.
Would it surprise you to see that Tony Alpert got a high-level job at SBAC afterward? He’s now the Executive Director!
In 2010, Alpert, then the ODE’s Director of Assessment & Information Services, evangelized for buying into this new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (ick) as part of this new Common Core set of standards (double-ick). And the State Board of Education ended up buying it.
At least someone benefited from the millions of dollars Oregon wastes on this Common Core sales package each year and the weeks the whole state wastes on high-stakes testing prep and administration that do not help schools or students. SPOILER: Students who are rich do better on tests. Students in poverty struggle with these tests. And the results don’t help with classroom instruction. As with so much bad policy & practices bought & sold by non-educators, none of this gets us to honest discussions about our high student poverty and how to make student lives better.
Do you think this SBAC job started with a sales commission for Alpert?