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August 12, 2015

Another State Ditches Common Core Test

Scott Woodruff Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff helps members and advocates for homeschool freedom in your state. He and his wife homeschooled their children.
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On June 16, Paul LePage, the governor of Maine, signed a law requiring the state’s department of education to stop participating in the “Smarter Balanced Assessment,” one of the two primary Common Core tests. By ditching participation in the test, Maine has taken a small but important step toward regaining control of its own education policy.

The new law, L.D. 1276, requires the department of education to set a different assessment in place for the 2015–16 school year. Under the new law, the assessment must not collect personal data about students—such as attitudes, values, motivation, stereotypes, or feelings—but it must still comply with federal law (although the measure does not identify which federal law would apply).

Common Core continues to threaten educational freedom across the nation. So long as the threat remains, HSLDA will work to end it.

You can read the text of L.D. 1276 online.

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