Xavier Charter Board Resolution Concerning Common Core and SBAC Assessments
WHEREAS, parents in Idaho were granted the ability to choose the education they felt was suitable and appropriate for their children, and that this was acknowledged by the state legislature as a right in the Idaho Charter Schools Act of 1998, specifically granting local control over these schools to include but not limited to “improvement of student learning, increased learning opportunities, with special emphasis on expanded learning experiences for students, including the use of different and innovative teaching methods, creating new professional opportunities for teachers, including the opportunity to be responsible for the learning program at the school site, and hold the schools established under this chapter accountable for meeting measurable student educational standards;”
WHEREAS, Xavier Charter Schools have successfully pursued and proven the value of rigorous academic standards in a program that combines academic and character education, as well as an appreciation of the Good, the Beautiful and the True that is only possible through a classical, liberal arts curriculum that treats the individual student as an end in himself and as the inheritor and future steward of a rich legacy dominated by the ideas and values of our Western heritage;
WHEREAS, the Common Core Standards run contrary to the idea of education being either a private or a local matter, and are contrary to the idea of the states as “laboratories of democracy,” as U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis articulated in New State Ice Co. v. Liebmann (1932) in describing how a state may, “if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country;” and that the Idaho Charter Schools Act effectively chose to provide such a laboratory when it noted that charter schools shall “provide parents and students with expanded choices in the types of educational opportunities that are available within the public school system;” and that charter schools like Xavier are the “expanded choices” that legislators had in mind;
WHEREAS, Xavier Charter Schools has reviewed the content standards of the Common Core and found them wanting as well as identifying the ineffectual protection of student’s privacy and the exceedingly expensive technological requirements necessary to administer the tests and found the Common Core and its associated assessments to be of significant disadvantage to Xavier’s students and community;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Xavier Charter School’s Board of Directors hereby express their general opposition to the imposition of the Common Core State Standards for two reasons: (1) because charter schools should retain greater autonomy than would be provided for under Common Core; and, (2) because Xavier is able to pursue a better education for its students that is more rigorous, less costly, less intrusive, and more accountable. Xavier remains, as it always has, committed first and foremost to its students, and fully living up to it mission and philosophy.
Regarding Right to Receive Teacher Information
Federal law requires that each school district receiving Title 1 funds notify parents of each student attending any school receiving these funds that information regarding the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher(s) may be requested.
As a parent of a student attending a school receiving federal program funds, you have the right to know:
- Is my child’s teacher licensed to teach the grades and subject(s) assigned?
- Is my child’s teacher teaching with a provisional license, meaning the state has waived requirements for my child’s teacher?
- What is the college major of my child’s teacher?
- What degree or degrees does my child’s teacher hold?
- If there are instructional aides working with my child, what are their qualifications?
- If my child is or will be taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks this year by a teacher who is not highly qualified, will I be notified in a timely manner?
To request the state qualifications for your child’s teacher or instructional aide, please contact Gary Moon at (208) 734-3947. If you would like more information about this Xavier Charter Schools please feel free to call the front office at the same number and your call will be directed to the appropriate individual.
XAVIER RANKED IN TOP 3%
The state-wide SAT information released by the Idaho Department of Education shows Xavier Charter School’s mean composite score ranked last year’s juniors in the Top 3% in the state of Idaho. IDE requires Idaho high school juniors to participate annually in SAT School Day each April. XCS juniors placed 5th in the state, out-performing all other school districts in the Magic Valley as well as Blaine Co., Cassia Co., Minidoka Co., Boise City and Meridian.
The mean composite score for all three sections of the SAT for juniors at XCS was 1566, 197 points above the State average of 1369. Kimberly School District’s mean composite score was 1435. All other Magic Valley school districts fell below the state average. Nine schools in the state scored above the benchmark SAT score of 1550. Of the nine schools, seven are charters schools.
Xavier Charter School, a free public school, is still accepting students in grades 7th through 12th.
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