Former teacher and longtime Parent-Teacher Association leader Evie Hudak ran for her first term in 2000 on the State Board of Education because Colorado had stopped funding training for its accountability committees.
By law, the committees must be formed in every district, usually by parents, to help provide oversight.
Hudak said the volunteer committees were left without any training when funding was pulled in 1998. She ran for the board seat to try to change that.
She won and helped begin the Colorado State Accountability Network to solve the problem.
“I initiated it; I pushed for it; I never let go of it; and I’m still playing a major role,” she said.
Hudak, of Westminster, is running unopposed for her second six-year term for the board in the 2nd Congressional District.
She said new rules relating to the Colorado Student Assessment Program will be drafted in her next term and she looks forward to being part of that process.
“I want to work on making sure that these new rules are good and that the new plans will work well for everyone,” she said.
Hudak has some doubts about the way the assessment system, which tests schools on the proficiency of students, is currently set up.
“I think the test, if used properly, can give districts a lot of information about how they are doing, but what troubles me is rating schools,” she said.
Hudak is weary of threatening schools with pulling accreditation as a punishment for students not meeting standards. She said she would prefer a program rewarding improvement and taking other approaches to ensure student proficiency.
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