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As for the exam, she will look for unfair questions. "I really detest tests that are deliberately tricky," Collins said.
Though she does not expect to look at questions through a political lens, "I do not want to see a test that’s skewed. It needs to be down the middle so all kids have a fair chance."
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The week will shorten Collins’ campaigning for re-election to the Lehi City Council, since she’ll be holed up in a Salt Lake City office on Election Day and the day before.
Karen Conder, of Sandy, a parent of a senior and a sixth-grader, said she sees both sides of the arguments on the Common Core standards.
She is president of Parent Advocates for Special Education, a former elementary school teacher and a substitute teacher. "I don’t have an agenda," she said.
Amy Farnsworth, of Vernal, said it’s the same for her. "I’m not coming in with any biases."
A certified teacher, she has a tutoring business. "I’m hoping to do the best I can for Utah students and their families."
Lockhart appointed Conder and Farnsworth. Of the 15, only a handful, including Farnsworth, are from rural Utah. All but two of the 15 are women.
The remaining parents serving on the committee are:
LeAnn Wood, of Kaysville, and Louisa Walker, of Bountiful, appointed by the House speaker.
Jennie Earl, of Morgan; Christie Moore, of North Ogden; Sara Jane Weaver, of Sandy; and Kimberlie Kehrer, of Mapleton, all appointed by the Senate president.
Molly Foster, of Richfield; Alean Hunt, of Providence; Scott Johnson, of Highland; Christine Ruiz, of West Haven; and Brad Caldwell, of Clearfield, all appointed by the State Board of Education.
The 15 will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement that prohibits them from discussing the test questions outside the room.
Lawmakers have criticized that, saying a "gag order" undermines the point of having parents review the questions. They ought to be able to share any concerns — though not specific test questions — with the public, Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Saratoga Springs, said in an Administrative Rules Committee last month.
To try to assuage lawmakers, the Office of Education invited a handful of legislators to meet with the Parent Review Committee and several board members Friday morning. All will be required to sign the confidentiality agreement, Park said.
"The whole point was for parents to be able to look at it and identify concerns," she said. "The point was never for them to go out and share with the world what the test questions are. That’s just not possible in high-stakes tests where you need reliable results."
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