NHFFE 2014 Candidate Questionnaire Scores

 

 

NH Families for Education

2014 Candidate Questionnaire Scores

 

 

Last Name

 

First Name

 

Office

 

Party

NHFFE Survey Score

Voting Record

2013-‘14

 

Representing

 

County

 

District

Greene

Daniel

Governor

R

A+

 

 

Hemingway

Andrew

Governor

R

A+

 

 

Smolin

Jonathan

Governor

R

A+

 

 

Best

John

Governor

I

A+

 

 

Freeman

Ian

Governor

D

B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evans

Mark

Senate

R

A+

 

Atk & Gilm Ac Grant, Bean’s Gran, Bean’s Purchase, Berlin, Cambridge, Carroll, Chandler’s Purchase, Clarksville, Colebrook, Columbia, Crawford’s Purchase, Cutt’s Grant, Dalton, Dix’s Grant, dixville, Dummer, Errol, Erving’s Location, Gorham, Green’s Grant, Hadley’s Purchase, Jefferson, Kilkenny, Lancaster, Low & Burbank’s Grant, Martin’s Location, Milan, Millsfield, Northumberland, Odell, Pinkham’s Grant, Pittsburg, Randolph, Sargent’s Purchase, Second College Grant, Shelburne, Stark, Stewartstown, Straford, Success, Thompson & Me’s Pur., Wentworth’s Loc., Whitefield, Bath, Benton, Bethlehem, Easton, Francoinia, Landaff, Lincoln, Lisbon, Littleton, Livermore, Lyman, Monroe, Sugar Hill, Thornton, Woodstock

1

Condon

Tim

Senate

R

A

 

Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Campton, Center Harbor, Danbury, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Grafton, Groton, Haverhill, Hebron, Hill, Holderness, Meredith, New Hampton, Orange, Orford, Piermont, Plymouth, Rumney, Sanbornton, Tilton, Warren, Wentworth, Wilmot

2

Bradley

Jeb

Senate

R

A+

 

Albany, Bartlett, Brookfield, Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Effingham, Freedom, Hale’s Location, Hart’s Location, Jackson, Madison, Moultonborough, Ossipee, Sandwich, Tamworth, Tuftonboro, Wakefield, Wolfeboro, Waterville Valley, Middleton, Milton

3

Edwards

Eddie

Senate

R

A+

 

Barrington, Dover, Rollinsford, Somerworth

4

Cataldo

Sam

Senate

R

A+

 

New Durham, Farmington, Rochester

6

Rago

Kathleen

Senate

R

A+

 

Haverhill, Wentworth, Ellsworth, Dorchester, Plymouth, Holderness, Ashland, Bridgewater, Alexandria, Orange, Center Harbor, Danbury, Wilmot, Tilton, New Hampton

7

Marzullo

JP

Senate

R

A+

 

Marlow, Stoddard, Antrim, Bennington, Deering, Francestown, Hillsborough, Weare, Windsor, Bradford, Newbury, New London, Sutton, Acworth, Croydon, Goshen, Grantham, Langdon, Lempster, Newport, Springfield, Sunapee, Unity, Washington

8

Little

Jerry

Senate

R

A

 

Marlow, Stoddard, Antrim, Bennington, Deering, Francestown, Hillsborough, Weare, Windsor, Bradford, Newbury, New London, Sutton, Acworth, Croydon, Goshen, Grantham, Langdon, Lempster, Newport, Springfield, Sunapee, Unity, Washington

8

Sanborn

Andy

Senate

R

A+

 

Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Jaffrey, Richmond, Troy, Bedford, Greenfield, Hancock, Lyndeborough, Mont Vernon, New Boston, Peterborough, Sharon, Temple

9

Daniels

Gary

Senate

R

A+

A+

Milford, Wilton, Amherst, Merrimack

11

Hynes

Dan

Senate

R

A+

 

Milford, Wilton, Amherst, Merrimack

11

Mooney

Maureen

Senate

R

 

 

Milford, Wilton, Amherst, Merrimack

11

Avard

Kevin

Senate

R

A+

 

Nashua W1, W2, W5, Hollis, Mason, New Ipswich, Greenville, Brookline, Rindge

12

McCarthy

Michael

Senate

R

A+

A+

Nashua W1, W2, W5, Hollis, Mason, New Ipswich, Greenville, Brookline, Rindge

12

Hohensee

Doris

Senate

R

A+

 

Nashua W3, W4, W6, W7, W8, W9

13

Harman

Lydia

Senate

R

A+

 

Concord, Henniker, Hopkinton, Warner

15

Cormier

Jane

Senate

R

A+

 

Bow, Candia, Dunbarton, Hooksett and Manchester W1, W2, W12

16

Reagan

John

Senate

R

A+

 

Northwood, Pittsfield, Chichester, Pembroke, Allenstown, Nottingham, Raymond

17

Lambert

George

Senate

R

A+

A

Litchfield, Manchester W5, W6, W7, W8, W9

18

Birdsell

Regina

Senate

R

A+

 

Derry, Hampstead, Windham

19

Sapareto

Frank

Senate

R

A+

 

Derry, Hampstead, Windham

19

Landies

Eileen

Senate

R

A+

 

Goffstown, Manchester W3, W4, W10, W11

20

Lamare

Dennis

Senate

R

A+

 

Madbury, Newington, Portsmouth, Newmarket, Newfields, Lee, Durham

21

Prescott

Russell

Senate

R

A+

 

Brentwood, Chester Danville, East Kingston, Epping, Exeter, Fremont, Kingston, Sandown

23

Kenda

Steve

Senate

R

A+

 

Newton, S.Hampton, Kensington, Hampton Falls, Seabrook, Hampton, N.Hampton, Stratham, Greenland, Rye, Newcastle

24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fraser

Valerie

House

R

A

 

Center Harbor, New Hampton

Belknap

1

Vadney

Herb

House

R

A+

 

Gilford, Meredith

Belknap

2

Brothers

Richard

House

R

A+

 

Sanbornton, Tilton

Belknap

4

Gallagher

Brian

House

R

A+

 

Sanbornton, Tilton

Belknap

4

Sylvia

Mike

House

R

A+

A+

Belmont

Belknap

6

Howard

Raymond

House

R

A+

 

Alton, Barnstead, Gilmanton

Belknap

8

Swinford

Elaine

House

R

A+

 

Alton, Barnstead, Gilmanton

Belknap

8

LeFebvre

James

House

R

A+

 

Chatham, Conway, Eaton, Hale’s Location

Carroll

2

Cordelli

Glenn

House

R

A+

A+

Moultonboro, Sandwich, Tuftonboro

Carroll

4

Avellani

Lino

House

R

A+

 

Brookfield, Effingham, Ossipee, Wakefield

Carroll

5

Comeau

Ed

House

R

A+

 

Brookfield, Effingham, Ossipee, Wakefield

Carroll

5

Schmidt

Steve

House

R

A+

 

Wolfeboro

Carroll

6

Cartwright

Anne

House

R

A+

 

Alstead, Marlow, Surry

Cheshire

2

Ward

Ruth

House

R

A+

 

Gilsum, Nelson, Stoddard, Sullivan

Cheshire

3

Cleaveland

James

House

D

A+

 

Keene W1

Cheshire

4

Robertson

Timothy

House

D

D

F-

Keene W3

Cheshire

6

Creekmore

Bud

House

R

A+

 

Dublin, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Roxbury

Cheshire

9

Sacher

Luke

House

L

A+

 

Fitzwilliam, Rindge

Cheshire

11

McConnell

Jim

House

R

A+

 

Richmond, Swanzey

Cheshire

12

Melanson

Derek

House

R

A+

 

Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Harrisville, Jaffrey, Rindge, Roxbury

Cheshire

14

Thackston

Dick

House

R

A+

 

Marlborough, Richmond, Swanzey, Troy, Winchester

Cheshire

15

Sickels

Jerry

House

R

A+

 

Keene W1, W2, W3, W4, W5

Cheshire

16

Swearingen

Varrin

House

R

A+

 

Keene W1, W2, W3, W4, W5

Cheshire

16

Furbush

Michael

House

R

A+

 

Atkinson & Gilmanton Academy Grant, Cambridge, Clarksville, Colebrook, Columbia, Dix’s Grant, Errol, Ervinig’s Location, Millsfield, Odell, Pittsburg, Second College Gt., Stewartstwon, Stratford, Wentworth’s Location

Coos

1

Rappaport

Laurence

House

R

A+

 

Atkinson & Gilmanton Academy Grant, Cambridge, Clarksville, Colebrook, Columbia, Dix’s Grant, Errol, Ervinig’s Location, Millsfield, Odell, Pittsburg, Second College Gt., Stewartstwon, Stratford, Wentworth’s Location

Coos

1

Tholl

John

House

R

A+

 

Carroll, Jefferson, Randolph, Whitefield

Coos

5

Rideout

Leon

House

R

A+

A+

Carroll, Dalton, Dummer, Jefferson, Kilkenny, Lancaster, Milan, Northumberland, Randolph, Stark, Whitefield

Coos

7

Nightingale

Peter

House

R

A+

 

Franconia, Lisbon, Lyman, Monroe, Sugar Hill

Grafton

2

Hull

Robert

House

R

A+

 

Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Grafton

Grafton

9

Lorrey

Mike

House

R

A+

 

Enfield

Grafton

10

Brown

Duane

House

R

A+

 

Canaan, Dorchester, Ellsworth, Groton, Orange, Rumney, Thornton, Wentworth

Grafton

16

Darrow

Stephen

House

R

A

 

Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Enfield, Grafton

Grafton

17

Ploszaj

Tom

House

D

A+

 

Alexandria, Ashland, Bridgewater, Bristol, Enfield, Grafton

Grafton

17

Fredette

Robert

House

R

A+

 

Antrim, Hillsborough, Windsor

Hillsborough

1

McMurrer

Charles

House

R

A+

 

Antrim, Hillsborough, Windsor

Hillsborough

1

Donovan

Daniel

House

R

A+

 

Derring, Weare

Hillsborough

2

Hopper

Gary

House

R

A+

 

Deering, Weare

Hillsborough

2

Kurt

Neal

House

R

A+

D

Deering, Weare

Hillsborough

2

O'Brien

William

House

R

A+

A+

Mont Vernon, New Boston

Hillsborough

5

Butcher

James

House

R

A+

 

Goffstown

Hillsborough

6

Rouillard

Claire

House

R

A+

 

Goffstown

Hillsborough

6

Zaricki

Nick

House

R

A+

 

Goffstown

Hillsborough

6

Cheetham

Lawrence

House

R

A+

 

Bedford

Hillsborough

7

Fromuth

Bart

House

R

A

 

Bedford

Hillsborough

7

Gould

Linda

House

R

A+

 

Bedford

Hillsborough

7

Murphy

Keith

House

R

A+

 

Bedford

Hillsborough

7

O’Neill

Emily

House

R

A+

 

Bedford

Hillsborough

7

Stevens

Melissa

House

R

A+

 

Bedford

Hillsborough

7

Noble

Kristin

House

R

A+

 

Bedford

Hillsborough

7

Lachance

Joseph

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W1

Hillsborough

8

Pugh

Anthony

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W2

Hillsborough

9

Whitfield

Doug

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W2

Hillsborough

9

Heck

Daniel

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W3

Hillsborough

10

Mattingly

S. Daniel

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W4

Hillsborough

11

Gagne

Larry

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W6

Hillsborough

13

Sullivan

Victoria

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W9

Hillsborough

16

D’Orazio

George

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W10

Hillsborough

17

Garthwaite

Dan

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W10

Hillsborough

17

Simmons

Tammy

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W10

Hillsborough

17

Sandblade

Emily

House

R

A+

A+

Manchester W11

Hillsborough

18

Broulidakis

Sonya

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W12

Hillsborough

19

Boehm

Ralph

House

R

A+

A+

Litchfield

Hillsborough

20

Byron

Frank

House

R

A+

 

Litchfield

Hillsborough

20

Marquis

Paul

House

R

A+

 

Litchfield

Hillsborough

20

Notter

Jeanine

House

R

A+

A

Merrimack

Hillsborough

21

Straight

Phil

House

R

A+

 

Merrimack

Hillsborough

21

Stroud

Kathleen

House

R

A+

A+

Merrimack

Hillsborough

21

Hansen

Peter

House

R

A+

A

Amherst

Hillsborough

22

Stepanek

Stephen

House

R

A+

 

Amherst

Hillsborough

22

Goulette

Bill

House

R

A+

 

Milford

Hillsborough

23

Halstead

Carolyn

House

R

A+

 

Milford

Hillsborough

23

Linn

Mark

House

D

A+

 

Milford

Hillsborough

23

Sweeney

Shawn

House

R

A+

 

Milford

Hillsborough

23

Coffey

James

House

R

A+

A+

New Ipswich, Sharon, Temple

Hillsborough

25

Adams

Christopher

House

R

A+

 

Brookline, Mason

Hillsborough

26

Belanger

Jim

House

R

A+

A+

Hollis

Hillsborough

27

Kozsan

Matthew

House

R

B

 

Hollis

Hillsborough

27

Ferreira

Elizabeth

House

R

A+

 

Nashua W1

Hillsborough

28

McCarthy

Peggy

House

R

A

 

Nashua W2

Hillsborough

29

Van Twuyver

Elizabeth

House

R

A

 

Nashua W4

Hillsborough

31

LeBrun

Don

House

R

A+

A+

Nashua W5

Hillsborough

32

Murotake

David

House

R

A+

A+

Nashua W5

Hillsborough

32

Palmer

Barry

House

R

A+

 

Nashua W5

Hillsborough

32

Simoneau

Ron

House

R

A+

 

Nashua W6

Hillsborough

33

Habecker

Douglas

House

R

A+

 

Nashua W7

Hillsborough

34

Hogan

Dee

House

R

A+

 

Nashua W7

Hillsborough

34

Ohm

Bill

House

R

A

 

Nashua W9

Hillsborough

36

Estevez

Eric

House

R

A+

 

Hudson, Pelham

Hillsborough

37

Ober

Lynne

House

R

A+

B

Hudson, Pelham

Hillsborough

37

Rice

Kim

House

R

A+

 

Hudson, Pelham

Hillsborough

37

Riley

Kevin

House

D

B

 

Hudson, Pelham

Hillsborough

37

Scheleien

Eric

House

R

A+

 

Hudson, Pelham

Hillsborough

37

Smith

Gregory

House

R

A

 

Hudson, Pelham

Hillsborough

37

Takesian

Charlene

House

R

C

A+

Hudson, Pelham

Hillsborough

37

Ulery

Jordan

House

R

A

A

Hudson, Pelham

Hillsborough

37

Edelblut

Frank

House

R

A+

 

Antrim, Bennington, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Hillsborough, Lyndeborough, Wilton, Windsor

Hillsborough

38

Kofalt

Jim

House

R

A+

 

Antrim, Bennington, Francestown, Greenfield, Greenville, Hancock, Hillsborough, Lyndeborough, Wilton, Windsor

Hillsborough

38

Burt

John

House

R

A+

A+

Deering, Goffstown, Weare

Hillsborough

39

Ammon

Keith

House

R

A+

 

Hollis, Milford, Mont Vernon, New Boston

Hillsborough

40

Sanborn

Laurie

House

R

A+

A+

Amherst, Beford

Hillsborough

41

Harris

Phillip

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W1, W2, W3

Hillsborough

42

Ross

Brandon

House

R

A

 

Manchester W1, W2, W3

Hillsborough

42

Noiseux-Varrieur

Devin

House

D

B

 

Manchester W4, W5, W6, W7

Hillsborough

43

Souza

Kathleen

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W4, W5, W6, W7

Hillsborough

43

Olszta

Deborah

House

R

A+

 

Manchester W8, W9, Litchfield

Hillsborough

44

Evarts

Albert

House

R

B

 

Manchester W10, W11, W12

Hillsborough

45

Horn

Werner

House

R

A+

 

Franklin W1, W2, Hill

Merrimack

2

Hill

Greg

House

R

A+

 

Franklin W3, Northfield

Merrimack

3

Page

Patrick

House

R

A+

 

Warner, Webster

Merrimack

7

Kreis

Kenneth

House

R

A+

 

Canterbury, Loudon

Merrimack

9

Moffett

Michael

House

R

B

 

Canterbury, Loudon

Merrimack

9

Tasker

Ben

House

R

A+

 

Concord W1

Merrimack

11

Patten

Dick

House

D

A  

F-

Concord W8

Merrimack

17

Bolt

Kim

House

R

A+

 

Chichester, Pembroke

Merrimack

20

Seaworth

Brian

House

R

A+

 

Chichester, Pembroke

Merrimack

20

Hoell

JR

House

R

A+

A+

Bow, Dunbarton

Merrimack

23

Kuch

BIll

House

R

A+

 

Bow, Dunbarton

Merrimack

23

Martin

John

House

R

A+

 

Bow, Dunbarton

Merrimack

23

Kotowski

Frank

House

R

A+

A+

Hooksett

Merrimack

24

Marple

Dick

House

R

A+

 

Hooksett

Merrimack

24

Jennings

Adam

House

R

A+

 

Hooksett

Merrimack

24

Heath

Nancy

House

D

F-

 

Allenstown, Epsom, Pittsfield

Merrimack

29

McGuire

Carol

House

R

A+

A+

Allenstown, Epsom, Pittsfield

Merrimack

29

Stone

Brian

House

R

A+

 

Northwood

Rockingham

1

Duarte

Joe

House

R

A+

 

Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham

Rockingham

2

Spillane

James

House

R

A+

 

Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham

Rockingham

2

True

Chris

House

R

A+

 

Auburn, Chester, Sandown

Rockingham

4

Headd

Jim

House

R

A+

 

Auburn, Chester, Sandown

Rockingham

4

Gannon

William

House

R

A+

 

Auburn, Chester, Sandown

Rockingham

4

Introne

Bob

House

R

A+

 

Londonderry

Rockingham

5

Coons

Dana

House

R

A+

 

Londonderry

Rockingham

5

McKinney

Betsy

House

R

B

A+

Londonderry

Rockingham

5

Chiricheiello

Brian

House

R

A+

 

Derry

Rockingham

6

Fesh

Bob

House

R

A+

A+

Derry

Rockingham

6

Potucek

John

House

R

A+

 

Derry

Rockingham

6

Prudhomme-O’Brien

Katherine

House

R

A+

 

Derry

Rockingham

6

Levell

Michelle

House

R

A+

 

Windham

Rockingham

7

Spalding

Martha

House

R

A+

 

Salem

Rockingham

8

Garcia

Bianca

House

R

A+

A

Salem

Rockingham

8

Hoover

Dane

House

R

A+

 

Salem

Rockingham

8

Sweeney

Joe

House

R

A+

 

Windham

Rockingham

8

Antosz

Jason

House

R

A+

 

Epping

Rockingham

9

Harris

Jeffrey

House

R

A+

A+

Epping

Rockingham

9

Vose

Michael

House

R

A+

 

Epping

Rockingham

9

Cook

Allen

House

R

A+

 

Brentwood

Rockingham

11

Howe

Ann

House

R

A+

 

Hampstead, Kingston

Rockingham

13

Weyler

Ken

House

R

A+

A+

Hampstead, Kingston

Rockingham

13

Kellogg

Shem

House

R

A+

 

Atkinson, Plaistow

Rockingham

14

Lourence

Nelson

House

R

A+

 

Exeter

Rockingham

18

Ferraro

Frank

House

R

A+

 

Exeter

Rockingham

18

Ward

Joanne

House

R

A+

 

Stratham

Rockingham

19

Abramson

Max

House

R

A+

 

Hampton Falls, Seabrook

Rockingham

20

Peckham

Michele

House

R

A+

 

North Hampton

Rockingham

22

Tucker

Pamela

House

R

A

A+

Greenland, Newington

Rockingham

23

Cady

Harriet

House

R

A+

 

Candia, Deerfield, Northwood, Nottingham

Rockingham

32

Comerford

Tim

House

R

A

A+

Brentwood, Danville, Fremont

Rockingham

33

Griset

Brian

House

R

A+

 

Exeter, Newfields, Newmarket, Stratham

Rockingham

36

Cole-McCrea

Candace

House

D

C

 

Middleton, Milton

Strafford

1

Pitre

Joe

House

R

A+

A+

Farmington

Strafford

2

Harrington

Michael

House

R

A+

 

New Durham, Strafford

Strafford

3

White

Ted

House

R

A+

 

New Durham, Strafford

Strafford

3

Wuelper

Kurt

House

R

A+

 

New Durham, Strafford

Strafford

3

Turcotte

Len

House

R

A+

 

Barrington

Strafford

4

Childs

David

House

R

A+

 

Durham, Madbury

Strafford

6

Beaudoin

Steve

House

R

A+

 

Rochester W2

Strafford

9

DeLemus

Sue

House

R

A+

 

Rochester W4

Strafford

11

Knowles

Robert

House

R

A+

 

Rochester W5

Strafford

12

Andolina

Donald

House

R

A

 

Dover W5 & W6, Somersworth W2

Strafford

17

Cheney

Catherine

House

R

A+

 

Dover W5 & W6, Somersworth W2

Strafford

17

deBree

Harrison

House

R

A+

 

Dover W5 & W6, Somersworth W2

Strafford

17

Fraser

Joe

House

R

A+

 

Dover W5 & W6, Somersworth W2

Strafford

17

Lavoie-Carnes

Jodi

House

R

A+

 

Rollinsford, Somersworth W1, W3, W4, W5

Strafford

18

Eaton

Guy

House

R

A+

 

Dover W1, W2

Strafford

19

Martin

David

House

R

A+

 

Dover W3 & W4

Strafford

20

Leeman

Don

House

R

A+

 

Rochester W2 & W3

Strafford

23

Jones

Laura

House

R

A+

A+

Rochester W4 & W5

Strafford

24

Hannon

Joe

House

R

A+

 

Barrington, Lee

Strafford

25

Walker

Bill

House

R

A+

 

Cornish, Grantham, Plainfield, Springfield

Sullivan

1

Ward

Laura

House

R

A+

 

Cornish, Grantham, Plainfield, Springfield

Sullivan

1

Wenz

Don

House

R

A+

 

Cornish, Grantham, Plainfield, Springfield

Sullivan

1

Bowers

Spec

House

R

A+

 

Croydon, Sunapee

Sullivan

2

Converse

Larry

House

D

D

 

Claremont W2

Sullivan

4

Madigan

Richard

House

R

A

 

Claremont W3

Sullivan

5

Bridge

Ernest

House

R

A+

 

Newport, Unity

Sullivan

6

O’Brien Irwin

Virginia

House

D

 

 

Cornish, Croydon, Grantham, Newport, Plainfield, Springfield, Sunapee, Unity

Sullivan

9

Smith

Steven

House

R

A+

A+

Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, Washington

Sullivan

11

Wooddel

Linda

House

D

A

 

Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, Washington

Sullivan

11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opting Out of Smarter Balanced Assessments under Federal Law -- "Protection of pupil rights"

Federal law does not explicitly allow parents to opt-out their children from tests or assessments.  However, federal law exempts students from being required to submit to any tests or assessments that reveals certain controversial information about the child or his family.
 

No student shall be required, as part of any applicable program, to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning—

 (1) political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;
 (2) mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
 (3) sex behavior or attitudes;
 (4) illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
 (5) critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
 (6) legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
 (7) religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or
 (8) income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program), without the prior consent of the student (if the student is an adult or emancipated minor), or in the case of an unemancipated minor, without the prior written consent of the parent. 

20 U.S. Code § 1232h - Protection of pupil rights

 
The psychological nature of the Smarter Balanced assessments and corresponding privacy issues are a major concern for every parent with a child enrolled in public school.
 
The authority being usurped by the state and federal education administrators via these Common Core aligned assessments completely unprecedented.
 
What's more, the Smarter Balanced assessments are different for each student using the online testing because it adjusts the difficulty of questions based on the student's responses.

This is not standardized testing.  This is customized or adaptive testing, which does not allow for student-to-student comparison nor even state-to-state comparisons.  Every child is potentially taking a different assessment. 

So what exactly is being measured? 

Is the goal simply to enable data collection of more than 400 data points including health history, family income range, voting status, psychological response during testing, and religious affiliation?

 

 

 

 
 

20 U.S. Code § 1232h - Protection of pupil rights


Current through Pub. L. 113-142, except 128. (See Public Laws for the current Congress.)

(a) Inspection of instructional materials by parents or guardians

All instructional materials, including teacher’s manuals, films, tapes, or other supplementary material which will be used in connection with any survey, analysis, or evaluation as part of any applicable program shall be available for inspection by the parents or guardians of the children.

(b) Limits on survey, analysis, or evaluations

No student shall be required, as part of any applicable program, to submit to a survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning—

 (1) political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent;
 (2) mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family;
 (3) sex behavior or attitudes;
 (4) illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior;
 (5) critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships;
 (6) legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers;
 (7) religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or student’s parent; or
 (8) income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program), without the prior consent of the student (if the student is an adult or emancipated minor), or in the case of an unemancipated minor, without the prior written consent of the parent.

(c) Development of local policies concerning student privacy, parental access to information, and administration of certain physical examinations to minors

 (1) Development and adoption of local policies

Except as provided in subsections (a) and (b) of this section, a local educational agency that receives funds under any applicable program shall develop and adopt policies, in consultation with parents, regarding the following:

 (A)

 (i) The right of a parent of a student to inspect, upon the request of the parent, a survey created by a third party before the survey is administered or distributed by a school to a student; and
 (ii) any applicable procedures for granting a request by a parent for reasonable access to such survey within a reasonable period of time after the request is received.

 (B) Arrangements to protect student privacy that are provided by the agency in the event of the administration or distribution of a survey to a student containing one or more of the following items (including the right of a parent of a student to inspect, upon the request of the parent, any survey containing one or more of such items):

 (i) Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent.
 (ii) Mental or psychological problems of the student or the student’s family.
 (iii) Sex behavior or attitudes.
 (iv) Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior.
 (v) Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom respondents have close family relationships.
 (vi) Legally recognized privileged or analogous relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians, and ministers.
 (vii) Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or the student’s parent.
 (viii) Income (other than that required by law to determine eligibility for participation in a program or for receiving financial assistance under such program).

 (C)

 (i) The right of a parent of a student to inspect, upon the request of the parent, any instructional material used as part of the educational curriculum for the student; and
 (ii) any applicable procedures for granting a request by a parent for reasonable access to instructional material within a reasonable period of time after the request is received.
 (D) The administration of physical examinations or screenings that the school or agency may administer to a student.
 (E) The collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or for selling that information (or otherwise providing that information to others for that purpose), including arrangements to protect student privacy that are provided by the agency in the event of such collection, disclosure, or use.

 (F)

 (i) The right of a parent of a student to inspect, upon the request of the parent, any instrument used in the collection of personal information under subparagraph (E) before the instrument is administered or distributed to a student; and
 (ii) any applicable procedures for granting a request by a parent for reasonable access to such instrument within a reasonable period of time after the request is received.

 (2) Parental notification

 (A) Notification of policies

The policies developed by a local educational agency under paragraph (1) shall provide for reasonable notice of the adoption or continued use of such policies directly to the parents of students enrolled in schools served by that agency. At a minimum, the agency shall—
 (i) provide such notice at least annually, at the beginning of the school year, and within a reasonable period of time after any substantive change in such policies; and
 (ii) offer an opportunity for the parent (and for purposes of an activity described in subparagraph (C)(i), in the case of a student of an appropriate age, the student) to opt the student out of participation in an activity described in subparagraph (C).

 (B) Notification of specific events

The local educational agency shall directly notify the parent of a student, at least annually at the beginning of the school year, of the specific or approximate dates during the school year when activities described in subparagraph (C) are scheduled, or expected to be scheduled.

 (C) Activities requiring notification

The following activities require notification under this paragraph:
 (i) Activities involving the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the purpose of marketing or for selling that information (or otherwise providing that information to others for that purpose).
 (ii) The administration of any survey containing one or more items described in clauses (i) through (viii) of paragraph (1)(B).

 (iii) Any nonemergency, invasive physical examination or screening that is—

 (I) required as a condition of attendance;
 (II) administered by the school and scheduled by the school in advance; and
 (III) not necessary to protect the immediate health and safety of the student, or of other students.

 (3) Existing policies

A local educational agency need not develop and adopt new policies if the State educational agency or local educational agency has in place, on January 8, 2002, policies covering the requirements of paragraph (1). The agency shall provide reasonable notice of such existing policies to parents and guardians of students, in accordance with paragraph (2).

 (4) Exceptions

 (A) Educational products or services

Paragraph (1)(E) does not apply to the collection, disclosure, or use of personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions, such as the following:
 (i) College or other postsecondary education recruitment, or military recruitment.
 (ii) Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products.
 (iii) Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary schools and secondary schools.
 (iv) Tests and assessments used by elementary schools and secondary schools to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments.
 (v) The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education-related activities.
 (vi) Student recognition programs.

 (B) State law exception

The provisions of this subsection—
 (i) shall not be construed to preempt applicable provisions of State law that require parental notification; and
 (ii) do not apply to any physical examination or screening that is permitted or required by an applicable State law, including physical examinations or screenings that are permitted without parental notification.

 (5) General provisions

 (A) Rules of construction

 (i) This section does not supersede section 1232g of this title.
 (ii) Paragraph (1)(D) does not apply to a survey administered to a student in accordance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq.).

 (B) Student rights

The rights provided to parents under this section transfer to the student when the student turns 18 years old, or is an emancipated minor (under an applicable State law) at any age.

 (C) Information activities

The Secretary shall annually inform each State educational agency and each local educational agency of the educational agency’s obligations under this section and section 1232g of this title.

 (D) Funding

A State educational agency or local educational agency may use funds provided under part A of title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 [20 U.S.C. 7201 et seq.] to enhance parental involvement in areas affecting the in-school privacy of students.

 (6) Definitions

As used in this subsection:

 (A) Instructional material

The term “instructional material” means instructional content that is provided to a student, regardless of its format, including printed or representational materials, audio-visual materials, and materials in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet). The term does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

 (B) Invasive physical examination

The term “invasive physical examination” means any medical examination that involves the exposure of private body parts, or any act during such examination that includes incision, insertion, or injection into the body, but does not include a hearing, vision, or scoliosis screening.

 (C) Local educational agency

The term “local educational agency” means an elementary school, secondary school, school district, or local board of education that is the recipient of funds under an applicable program, but does not include a postsecondary institution.

 (D) Parent

The term “parent” includes a legal guardian or other person standing in loco parentis (such as a grandparent or stepparent with whom the child lives, or a person who is legally responsible for the welfare of the child).

 (E) Personal information

The term “personal information” means individually identifiable information including—
 (i) a student or parent’s first and last name;
 (ii) a home or other physical address (including street name and the name of the city or town);
 (iii) a telephone number; or
 (iv) a Social Security identification number.

 (F) Student

The term “student” means any elementary school or secondary school student.

 (G) Survey

The term “survey” includes an evaluation.
(d) Notice
Educational agencies and institutions shall give parents and students effective notice of their rights under this section.
 
(e) Enforcement
The Secretary shall take such action as the Secretary determines appropriate to enforce this section, except that action to terminate assistance provided under an applicable program shall be taken only if the Secretary determines that—
 (1) there has been a failure to comply with such section; and
 (2) compliance with such section cannot be secured by voluntary means.
 
(f) Office and review board
The Secretary shall establish or designate an office and review board within the Department of Education to investigate, process, review, and adjudicate violations of the rights established under this section.

 

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