Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Activists Challenge Plan for NAEP to Assess Student "Mindsets" | Truth in American Education

Activists Challenge Plan for NAEP to Assess Student "Mindsets" | Truth in American Education:

Activists Challenge Plan for NAEP to Assess Student “Mindsets”

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The National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) that governs the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has announced it will expand beyond assessing students’ academic content knowledge to also include subjective, non-cognitive, socioemotional parameters. Such factors will include “grit,” “desire for learning,” and “school climate.”Assessing “mindsets” of students potentially will allow the government to determine and possibly reshape children’s moral and religious beliefs about controversial social issues.
American Principles Project, Eagle Forum and Education Liberty Watch along with five additional national organizations, as well as, 69 state organizations in 29 states have joined Liberty Counsel to object what they see as illegal changes to the NAEP. (Disclosure: This author is among those who have joined Liberty Counsel.)
As Liberty Counsel demonstrates in its letter to three congressional committees, if these factors are assessed as part of the NAEP test itself, their inclusion violates federal law prohibiting assessment of “personal or family beliefs and attitudes” via 20 USC section 9622. If they are instead part of the background survey given to students, their inclusion violates the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment, 20 USC section 1232(h), which requires that such material be made available for parental inspection before administration.
Liberty Counsel attorney Richard Mast, author of the letter, wrote in part:
The NAEP is poised to violate federal law by collecting extremely sensitive 
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