In a couple months, schools in Missouri may be giving the SBAC test to their students. Many things are in a state of flux right now regarding the test including:

  • Statements from SBAC declaring the test to lack external validity and technical adequacy, which is required by Missouri statute
  • The inclusion of performance tasks that were not locally developed or approved which is in violation of HB1490.
  • The status of the Sauer v. Nixon lawsuit challenging the legality of the consortia which developed the assessment.


Parents are wanting to spare their children the unnecessary stress of taking a test which, at the end of the day will mean nothing. The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core has developed a “Notice of Refusal” that parents can submit to their school alerting them to the facts about the test and stating their refusal to allow their child to take it.

Notice of Refusal of the SBAC

Anne Gassel

Anne has been writing on MEW since 2012 and has been a citizen lobbyist on Common Core since 2013. Some day she would like to see a national Hippocratic oath for educators “I will remember that there is an art to teaching as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding are sometimes more important than policy or what the data say. My first priority is to do no harm to the children entrusted to my temporary care.”

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