A 31-state consortium, including Vermont, submitted its application recently for a federal grant that would develop a student assessment system aligned to a common core of academic standards. The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, or SBAC, formed in December 2009, hopes to receive a Race to the Top assessment grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant, which lasts four years, is worth as much as $160 million. No more than two grants will be awarded.‘As a governing state, Vermont has an exciting opportunity to develop and implement assessment models that better reflect the progress and strength of our students, educators and their schools,’ said Vermont’s Deputy Commissioner for Transformation and Innovation Rae Ann Knopf. ‘SBAC represents a significant and necessary departure from the dependence on statewide assessments as a primary indicator of education effectiveness.’Vermont is a governing state in the application, meaning it is an active participant in the development of the policies and framework of the assessment.The assessment system to be developed by SBAC is tied to the Common Core State Standards, an initiative led by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association to create a consistent and clear set of learning standards for K-12 in English language arts and mathematics that all states can use. By the end of 2011, states in the consortium must agree to adopt the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math. States still in the consortium in 2014-15 must agree to use the consortium’s tests as their accountability assessments. The U.S. Department of Education is expected to announce its awards in September 2010.”We are very pleased to be a part of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium, and proud that Vermont will play a leadership role in this project,’ said Vermont Department of Education Assessment Director Michael Hock, who also serves on the SBAC leadership team. ‘The name really says it all. It’s ‘smarter’ because we will be developing next generation assessments that will use new and highly innovative technologies to improve efficiency and accuracy, and to provide greater access for students with learning challenges. It’s balanced because it will provide a coherent system of classroom, district and state level assessments, all aligned with the new Common Core State Standards, that will challenge students to demonstrate what they have learned on test items and tasks that are practical and authentic. And since we will be sharing expenses with 31 other states, we are anticipating considerable cost savings over our current state assessment system.’Source: Vermont DOE. 7.21.2010Washington State is the applicant state on behalf of the consortium.‘It’s encouraging that so many states from across the country are working together to create an assessment system that aligns with efforts to adopt consistent and clear learning standards, ensuring every child gets the quality education they deserve to be ready for the global economy when they graduate,’ said Chris Gregoire, Washington state governor.###
Those surviving who will cherish George’s memory include his loving wife of over 47 years, Betty McDaniel; son, Chris (Kendra) McDaniel of Brookville; granddaughters, Ashton E. and Autumn N. McDaniel, and a brother, Bob McDaniel of Peppertown. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Geraldine Kelley, Thelma Greenway, Mary Deaton, Pat Flowers, and infant twins, as well as brothers, Kenneth McDaniel and Joe McDaniel. George A. McDaniel, of Brookville, was born on February 23, 1941 in Salt Creek Township – Franklin County, the son of Lloyd W. and Sconobia Cleo Carroll McDaniel. He served his country with the United States Navy from 1959 to 1964. George married Betty J. Pennington on June 28, 1969 at Calvary Baptist Church in Connersville and she survives. He was a Charter Member of the Sheriff’s Mounted Patrol and a member of the Bernard Hurst Post #77 American Legion. He retired from Sperry Rubber after 40 years of employment. George enjoyed woodworking, hunting, gardening, and he loved to fish. He also collected guns and was a member of the NRA. What George enjoyed the most, though was spending time with his family, especially his granddaughters. On Friday, March 3, 2017 at the age of 76, he passed away at his residence. Memorial contributions may be directed to Franklin County EMS or to Franklin County CAN. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of George McDaniel. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville. Rick Atkins will officiate the funeral service on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Sims Cemetery with military honors provided by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 American Legion.