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  • 1. What is Common Core? MORE than standards A comprehensive reform package Industrial Model based on Workforceskills and placement Led by Social Elitist Reformers,financed by tax dollars and promotedby private corporations & the USDOE Adopted by 45 states in 2010 Rejected by Alaska, Virginia, Nebraskaand Texas Minnesota adopted ELA onlyFederalGovernmentCommonStandardsSLDS DataSystemState LedAssessmentsWorkforceDevelopmentAlignedCurriculum

2. Who is really behind Common Core?National Governors Association Council of Chief State School Officersauthor and developer of the standards 3. Common Core Reform Agenda Traditionally, the federalgovernment in the U.S. hashad a limited role ineducation policy the currentadministration has sought tofundamentally shift thefederal roleSecretary of Education Arne Duncan 2010 UNESCO Conference 4. Arne Duncan Continues: Our goal for the coming year will be to work closely with globalpartners, including UNESCO, to promote qualitative improvementsand system-strengthening. That goal can only be achieved by creating a strong cradle-to-careercontinuum that starts with early childhood learning andextends all the way to college and careers2010 UNESCO Conference 5. Weve been in an economic crisis fora year or so. But weve been in aneducation crisis for decades. U.S. [graduation] rates have notimproved for 40 years. Yet college completion rates in theU.S. have been flat since the 1970s.- Bill Gates 6. Federal Government Involvement? State Fiscal Stabilization Fund 2009 Stimulus Bill (ARRA) Race to the Top $4.35 BILLION Waivers from No Child Left Behind Threatened Title I $ Funded NGA/CCSSO 7. Race to the Top! Race to the Top Contest $4.35 billion federal money NCLB Waiver Title I threatened Complete Application Submit Reform Proposal 4 assurances 8. Common Core Violates 3 Laws1- General Education Provisions Actto exercise any direction, supervision, or controlover the curriculum2- Dept. of Education Organization Act3- Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 9. The 10th AmendmentThe powers not delegatedto the United States by theConstitution, nor prohibitedby it to the States, arereserved to the Statesrespectively, or to thepeople. 10. Its NOT just standards.FederalGovernmentCommonStandardsState Led 11. State Led?Standards have a copyright to NGA andCCSSOStates wouldnt have to be baited andcoercedNo need for millions to be spentEducation administrators and teacherswould feel free to voice concerns 12. Republican National CommitteeThe Republican National Committeerecognizes the CCSS for what it is- aninappropriate overreach to standardizeand control the education of ourchildren.. 13. Letter to Arne DuncanArne Duncan Letter-April 2013No congressional inputChanges to federal data and disbursement policiesOne size fits all policy 14. Standards 15. Concerns with 16. the reason I didnt sign off onthem was that they did not matchup to international expectations.They were at least 2 years behindthe practices in the high achievingcountries by the 7th grade,andonly require a partialunderstanding of what would be thecontent of a normal, solid, course inAlgebra I or Geometry.R. James Milgram, Ph.D.Emeritus ProfessorDepartment of MathematicsStanford University 17. Moreover, they cover very littleof the content of Algebra 2, andnone of any higher levelcourse They will not helpour children match up to thestudents in the top foreigncountries when it comes tobeing hired to top level jobs.R. James Milgram, Ph.D.Emeritus ProfessorDepartment of MathematicsStanford University 18. Math Standards No prime factorization, least common denominators or greatest common factors; conversions among fractions, decimals,and percent. de-emphasizes algebraic manipulation, a prerequisite for advanced mathematics, and instead effectively redefinesalgebra as functional algebra, which does not prepare students for STEM careers1-2 Grades Behind International Peers: does not require proficiency with addition and subtraction until grade 4 does not require proficiency with multiplication using the standard algorithm until grade 5, a grade behind theexpectations our international competitors. does not require proficiency with division using the standard algorithm until gr. 6 Starts teaching decimals only in grade 4, about two years behind the more rigorous state standards, and fails to usemoney as a natural introduction to this concept. Fails to teach in K-8 about key geometrical concepts such as the area of a triangle, sum of angles in a triangle, isoscelesand equilateral triangles, or constructions with a straightedge and compass. 19. Concerns with 20. English Language Arts Standards ELA 50%-70% Informational Text Controversial Exemplar Reading list The Bluest Eye Dreaming in Cuban Google Hacks 21. English Language Arts Standards Of poor quality Empty skills set De-emphasis on Literature 50% Informational text Low reading levels, suchas 7th grade for 12thgraders Dr. Sandra StotskyUniversity of ArkansasCommon Core Validation Committee 22. College and Career Two-yearnon-selectivecommunitycollege 23. Moving State to State Less than 2% of studentsmove from state to stateeach year 24. Its NOT just standards.FederalGovernmentCommonStandardsState LedAssessments 25. GEDAssessmentsAlready aligned to CCSS & bought by PearsonCost tripled IOWAThe latest version is aligned; PARCC will replace in 2015 grades 3-8 ACT aligning to CCSS Questions are being added to reflect the Common Cores emphasis on tracingideas through multiple texts and increased focus on statisticsThe ACT will also contain optional open-ended questions to assess studentsability to explain and support their claims SATDavid Coleman now head of College BoardPSAT aligns in 2015, SAT will align in 2016Advanced Placement also owned by College Board 26. Assessments Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers(PARCC) Smarter Balanced (SBAC) American Institutes for Research (AIR) AIR and SBAC recently partnered Arkansas is a member of PARCC Both consortiums got $360 million from the federal government 27. PARCC Assessments $186 million from the Federal Government Computer-based 4-6 times per year $32.80 per student, subject to change $250,000 membership fee annually Mandated by the state Undisclosed to parents Replaces IOWA and end of course assessments in 2015 Pearson contracted 28. PARCC Cooperative Agreement with US Dept. of Ed 29. PARCCCooperativeAgreement withUS Dept. of EdIs this whatlocal controllooks like? 30. TESS Evaluations tied to PARCC tests Teacher Excellence and Support System (Ark. Code Ann. 6-17-2801 et seq.) 31. Its NOT just standards.FederalGovernmentCommonStandardsSLDS DataSystemState LedAssessments 32. FERPAFamily Education Rights and Privacy ActGovernment canshare informationNo longer needparental consent 33. Cradle to Career SLDS in lieu of national database P20 Preschool to age 20 PII includes biometrics and behavioral profile NEDM or CEDS Open Data Standards Over 400 data elements Gathered with surveys, testing and school records Accessible by federal agencies and corporations Career path, test scores, medical, behavioral, family, etc. 34. What is the problem with Data mining? Leads to National Data Collection which is Unconstitutional Loss of privacy Opens the door for discrimination Jobs and opportunities may be based on someones interpretation of thedataThe constitution defines the God-given right to privacy: The right of thepeople to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, againstunreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated 35. Its NOT just standards.FederalGovernmentCommonStandardsSLDS DataSystemState LedAssessmentsAlignedCurriculum 36. Standards Assessments CurriculumAny set of test questions that the federalgovernment prescribed should surely besuspect as a first step toward a nationalcurriculum[Carried to its full extent,] nationalcontrol of curriculum is a form of national controlof ideas.Joseph Califano FormerHealth, Education, and Welfare Secretary 37. I'd like to say something about the curriculum itself, rather thanthe assessment system. When we got started, we were callingwhat we did the development of content standards. I foundout from talking to an American journalist that we borrowedthat term from you. I also learned that in the United Statesyou couldn't talk about national or state curriculum, so youused these words. What we are doing now is saying that we aredeveloping curriculum or the learning entitlements. We say toschools that by whatever means you teach, this is the knowledge,understanding and skills that your kids are entitled to have theopportunity to acquire. You've got to get around theconstitutional arrangements in order to do the right thing.Australia has strong constitutional arrangements that say thateducation is the responsibility of the states, not thecommonwealth, not the federal government. So how did we getthere? We got there by making it a collaborative arrangement.All of this is decided not by the federal minister; all of this isdecided by the six states, two territories and the one federalminister sitting at the table together.How AustraliaImplementedNational CurriculumBarry McGawValidation Committee MemberChair of the Australian Curriculum,Assessment and Reporting Authority


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