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Mimics or Puppets?

Warriors, is there a connection between the Aspire assessment (College Board) and the recently introduced “ASPIRE Act” (Senate)? Is Congress a puppet for the CCSS Machine? Could it be Congress is mimicking the CCSS Machine? 

What am I talking about?! The “ASPIRE Act” in Congress is supposedly a solution to a massive education problems concerning higher education. However the “Aspire” Assessment by the College Board is ALSO being used as a massive ‘solution’ for higher education.
The remainder of this article will take an in-depth look.

Before the ASPIRE Act, there was College Board’s ‘Aspire’:

Basically, Aspire is just like the other assessments meant to pigeon hole your student’s education. So, from middle school through college or trade school, Aspire dictates their path.(What if your student isn’t in a school where Aspire is given? Depending on which State you live in, the skill based assessments WILL be given to them.)

I wrote about this back in 2016, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/assessment-quest-parts-1-and-2/
Before “Aspire”, I revealed another College Board assessment which is a ‘cousin’ to the other types of skill based assessments, called “Springboard”. You can learn all about it from my 2014 article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/18/sic-em-saturday-springboarding-into-the-ccssap-pool/

From the College Board’s “How We’re Governed” page, “More than 6,000 two- and four-year colleges, universities, secondary schools and districts, higher education systems, and other nonprofit organizations compose the College Board.”
To see the entire page: https://www.collegeboard.org/about/governance

In the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Era, what impact is College Board having on our States? Look at where I live (NC). What was laid out in 2011, continues today.
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SAT and ACT appear to be ESSA’s national assessments, so what about our States already subsidizing these assessments? What will the per State federal funding formulas for ‘nationally normed assessments’ look like?

According to the Education Commission of the States (www.ecs.org), where I live (NC) MUST have a partnership with a group such as The College Board! Why? To ensure college readiness for those in high school. To see all the parameters (including teachers, subsidies, and more): http://ecs.force.com/mbdata/mbstprofexcL?Rep=APP16&st=North%20Carolina


According to the ECS’ NC specific page, since 2013, there’s been a State Statue for providing alternate College Board assessments! Click to enlarge the screen shot below. If you cannot, the grade range for these alternates? P-12th! (see below)

But, what if you don’t live in NC? http://www.ecs.org/state-legislation-by-state/

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ECS is absolutely on the CCSS Machine side of education. Look at the leadership, check out their state-by-state leaders (find these under the “Commissioners By State” tab when visiting the link below), and their partners. The Gates Foundation, USA Funds, Walton Family Foundation, GE Foundation, ACT, Pearson, Scholastic, AT & T, State Farm, AdvancED, Avid, Bloomboard, ETS, Questar, College Board, KnowledgeWorks, Measured Progress, Meta Metrics, Microsoft, SAS, Reainassance Learning, and the National Assoc. of Charter School Authorizers.
See it all: http://www.ecs.org/about-us/partners/

 

The Senate’s “ASPIRE Act”:

1) Two U.S. Senators are pushing this ‘post secondary success bill’, Sen. Isakson (GA) and Sen. Coons (DE).

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2) The goals of the “ASPIRE Act” appear to be (a) reduce student debt; and (b) reducing drop-outs. Here’s an excerpt, “That’s why we teamed up to tackle both ends of the college access and college completion problem so that colleges start meeting students’ definition of success.”  You can read the entire article,  http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/colleges-universities-debt-success
The resource both Senators cite in their joint effort to help American students? Data from the College Board!

3) So, what does the acronym “ASPIRE” stand for? “Access, Success, and Persistence in Reshaping Education Act of 2016”. The “ASPIRE Act”( S3368) link:
https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/3368/text

4) According to the legislative summary, of the ASPIRE Act, by the  National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the U.S. Secretary of Education would ‘create two thresholds’ to determine which post-secondary institutions and what students would be impacted. See:
https://www.naspa.org/rpi/posts/congress-introduces-the-aspire-act-in-efforts-to-close-the-completion-gap (*Note: the Gates Foundation gave NASPA over $1 million dollars in 2016 and just over $285,000.00 in 2015. See: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=NASPA )

5) The ASPIRE Act (S3368) has quite a bit of ‘reshaping’ planned:
i) Amends the HEA (Higher Education Act of 1965). HEA was last re-authorized in 2008.

ii) S3368 was introduced to the U.S. Senate in Sept. 2016 and is currently in the HELP Committee.

iii) The definition of ASPIRE“Improving College Access and Completion for All Students.”

iv) Lots of expenses will be attached to making college access for all, including updating technology..aka: more taxpayer burdens for data mining our students.

v) Secretary of Education is given more power. This makes sense, as ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) does the same. (Since the ESSA is to be a part of the WIOA-ESSA-HEA workforce based streamlined education bridge, this has been an expected move we’ve known was coming.)

vi) The lowest performing higher education institutions will face much of the same treatment as those in the K-12th grade system, all at the Secretary’s discretion. (This will impact everyone in the schools. It also leads to what group(s) will take over a consistently failing higher education institution.)

vii) Caught in the midst of all this? Pell Grants.

viii) Each higher educational institution not measuring up to the Secretary’s parameters, will have penalties. Think about this, if a school gets a big penalty fee, who ends up paying for it? More than likely, the taxpayers. (*Note: in this Act, it is clearly stated schools cannot raise tuition or student fees to recapture the cost. You can find this in the “Prohibitions” section which follows all the penalties.)

ix) To get federal school funding, these institutions MUST comply with the ‘improving completion’ program as laid out in this Act. Schools which choose to skip the Secretary’s penalties, will miss out on grants, including ‘bonus’ completion grants.

x) Those higher educational institutions this Act will have impact on are non-profit (all public and most private) and for-profit (proprietary) ones.

xi) The Secretary of Education will create ‘peer groups’ in higher education institutions. The groups are to have 10-15 schools. They must have the following in place.

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xii) There are a few ‘consumer warnings’ included in this Act. If a higher educational institution is not up to the Secretary’s bar, it must be noted on the school’s website in plain sight. The Secretary will also be issuing a “Consumer Warning Report”. To create this Report, you know lots of data will have to be collected.

xiii) Starting in the 2017-18 school year and every 5th year following it, the Secretary will be able to almost literally pick and choose which schools are in these Peer Groups. (*Note: See Section C under “Calculation of Average”)

xiv) If schools do receive any federal funding, look below for how they are to use those funds.

aspireact2xv) If schools do well with all this Act has, they are eligible for  Bonus Grants. Those Bonus Grants  must be used in the same way as you see directly above.  This Act also includes non-financial ‘rewards’ in the Bonuses. They are “a) Reporting less frequently and avoiding duplicative reporting requirements; b)  Extra points in Department grant competitions for which institutions of higher education are eligible entities; c) Waiving the multiple disbursement rule or disbursement delays; and d) Preferable status for experimental sites.”

xvi) The Secretary  will create a data tracking portal. Look for the “best practices” database.

xvii) The Secretary of Education will report to the U.S. Congress within 2 years of this Act’s passage. What will he/she report on? Ways to EXPAND Section 493E of the Higher Education Act of 1965. What’s that Section about? According to the U.S. Dept. of Ed, it’s a section devoted to “Eligibility and Certification” for Higher Education. See: https://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/leg/hea98/sec493.html (*Note: from what else I found out about Section 493, it was a Section added to the HEA in 1998.)

 

Puppet or Mimic?

Warriors, this article began with a question. It is clear the ACT and SAT are being used in both the Congress and the CCSS Machine.  WHY has Congress become a puppet to the CCSS Machine?! By Congress’s legislation, it forces the States to mimic the CCSS Machine in order to receive federal funds. This, in turn creates a servile society.

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Related Information to Section 493 (Part G of Title 4) of the HEA :
1) The 1998 Federal Registry of all the updates to HEA:
https://ifap.ed.gov/fregisters/attachments/122304.pdf (This is a 4 page document. Page 3 will have certain portions of Section 493.)
1a) To see the U.S. Dept of Ed’s more recent Section 493 (Part G of Title 4) information:
https://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/leg/hea98/sec493.html

2) From Oregon’s Senator Wyden, this document about Section 493 should be of great concern. Why? It deals with the Integrated Post-secondary Educational Data System (IPEDS). Senator Rubio and Senator Warner helped create this 2013 Act called “Student Right to Know Before You Go Act”. It’s a fancy way of lining students up for workforce based education. To see the Wyden Education Priorities where “Know/Go” is featured:
https://www.wyden.senate.gov/priorities/education To see the nuts and bolts of “Know/Go”, see:
 https://www.wyden.senate.gov/download/?id=10D9791A-C6AA-4BDD-9CCB-C57CA8E6BF82&download=1

3) Introduced earlier this month (Jan. 2017), HR 483, “No Funding for Sanctuary Campuses Act”. While this Bill (has been sent to the U.S. House’s Education and Workforce Committee) does not specifically mention Section 493, it does mention Part G of Title 4 of the HEA(1965). The Dept of Homeland Security will have to work with the Dept. of Education on this Bill. To read it for yourselves: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/483/text/ih?overview=closed&format=xml

Closing:

Warriors
, the HEA’s re-authorization will be here soon. It’s the last link in the birth to workforce chain. It streamlines education. The CCSS Machine likes to call it a ‘bridge’. Congress likes to call it a ‘streamlined transition’. We call it ‘criminal’.

A special shout out to all of you who helped make the Anti DeVos/Senate HELP Twitter Blast (this past Thursday) a success. Teamwork rocks!

Principled Leadership in the ESSA Era

Source: A recent NASSP webinar slide. The added emphasis is mine.
Source: A recent NASSP webinar slide. The added emphasis is mine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warriors Against the Core! A call to action is before us. The question is, will we continue to see the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) Machine spew deceptive principles right before us OR we will expose them quickly, mightily, and with purpose?! With the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) in full creation/implementation mode, the deceptions are flying at us a break neck speed. We can’t afford to miss them. For truth to win, we must be sharp!

The Deceptive Catch?! (Oh yes, there are several, in fact)

Profit. Your state or school district pays the money to access these supposed helpful resources. The supplier, in turn, sells more to other states and school districts. The supplier’s bottom line gets bigger and your freedom of choice gets smaller. Nice bait and switch, isn’t it?! However, the suppliers are not done with your state or school district yet…Besides profit, the others are: data (to be collected, sold, shared, and used against each other for more profit/gain), ESSA mandates in what is taught and how it is taught (not choices), workforce agenda (not true academics for students or teachers), entire community assessments (if your community doesn’t measure up, there will be more ‘helpful resources’ available..of course for a price!), and family interventions (The CCSS Machine’s agenda is NOT family togetherness)!

Warriors, in this age of cyber meetings, expect the following to continue to happen:
1) More deceptions disguised as helpful resources.
2) More data/technology systems will be out soon and available for purchase.
3) More and more webinars will be churned out in the name of adhering to the ESSA.
4) More meetings geared for school leaders to adhere to the ESSA.
5) We will continue to expose it all!!!

The Screenshot Above:

The graphic I made for you is a perfect illustration of the ‘happy to deceive you’ tactics so ripe and in use by the CCSS Machine. This one happens to be a recent webinar (3/23/16) slide hosted by the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals)


The NASSP is no exception. How do I know? I have researched this group before. Sen. Lamar Alexander bragged on them, in fact, when he gloated after the ESSA passed AND Dr. King was confirmed. In fact, all those groups Alexander mentioned are busy churning out webinars, emails, tweets, and any other type of ESSA alignment hype. It is almost laughable how each one is saying THEIR information is the ‘most accurate’ about ESSA ‘really means’!

So, what did the NASSP have to spin eloquent about concerning the ESSA? Title One funding. However, the NASSP was not alone in this presentation. The Learning First Alliance (another pro CCSS group) had a guest speaker featured in the webinar. He also claimed to have great insight into all things Title One. (To access the Alliancehttp://www.learningfirst.org/)

Here are some other need to know anti CCSS Warrior items from the webinar:

1) College and Career Readiness is purposefully inserted in the ESSA and contain 3 levels of achievement. The CCR will also mandatorily have to meet CTE (Career Technical Education) and post-secondary public college/university requirements.

2) The U.S. Dept. of Education has a new pilot program out for up to 7 states to become a part of. Stated as the ‘Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demo Project’. However, I did not find a project with this name on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s website. I did happen to find another pro CCSS media spin on the Project, “…the law also includes a pilot program that initially allows up to seven states to develop innovative assessment systems—such as competency-based assessments and instructionally embedded assessments—that provide valid, reliable, and comparable data on student achievement. States approved for this program can pilot these innovative assessment systems in a few districts before implementing them statewide.” (Source: https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/report/2016/01/29/130115/implementing-the-every-student-succeeds-act/)
What this means for us: those schools in the approved states will be experimental yet again for education reform purposes. Those presenting during the webinar said that many, many more states (besides the allotted 7) are lining up to participate. (*Related to this is what the U.S. Dept. of Ed has on file about assessments:
http://tech.ed.gov/netp/assessment-measure-what-matters/)

3) How much Title One funding our states will receive will be based on the past 3 years of student data. Funding will be doled out on two dates in 2016: July 1st, and October 1st. The states will receive money based on the child count per district as well as the poverty rate. These figures are taken from your county’s (or parish’s) data.

4) Gone will be the Yearly Annual Progress tracking and 100% graduation rates. Supposedly states will get to set all the parameters, at least according to the hosts. What is also being debated is which national assessment to used as the high school requirement…it will be either the SAT or the ACT (both, just happen to be aligned to CCSS!)

5) More high schools could get Title One funding, thanks to the ESSA. This change would allow more students to be included in all those supportive success activities and programs ESSA is full of. The Title One funding states get must go for development of school wide programs/services and can be used for dual enrolled or concurrently enrolled students.

6) According to the webinar, the ESSA will be updated in about 5 years and completely replaces NCLB, No Child Left Behind(funny, another pro CCSS webinar I attended and shared the results said NCLB was largely in place via the ESSA). I guess this happens when you deceive folks so much you get lost in the lies!

7) Because of possible shifts in Title One funding from ‘targeted assistance’ to ‘school wide’, you will need to see what school districts consider as capital purchases. The example given: laptops for each student (as long as they are $500.00 or less) qualify as capital purchases. The U.S. Dept. of Ed is ‘encouraging’ states to use ‘school wide services/programs’ to avoid the technicalities of ESSA.

 8) NASSP wants to be a top influencer in the ESSA changes we face. Expect this wish from all the others clamoring for our attention with ESSA changes.

9) States MUST submit Title One plans to the U.S. Dept. of Education in a timely manner. Meaningful consultative results MUST also be presented. The consultative process will involve all ‘stakeholders’ in education AND have to co-ordinate with all other educational programs the states use/plan to use. Since there is no set consulting process yet, this means we have an opportunity to become involved in defining what the process will look like!!

10)The NASSP shared that most State Boards of Education do not contain a full staff of professionals, it is important to get as many professional education-minded people in place. Another opportunity for us to get as many anti CCSS professionally minded education Warriors in place!

To access the entire Webinar slide set: nasspwebaddy

Other Webinars we Warriors should make plans to attend:

NASSP’s Title Two (will target educator funding), April 27, 2016 and the Title 4 (Block grants for States and education) for 21st Century Community Schools, May 4, 2016. Both will be held Eastern Daylight Time (3:30 pm to 4:30 pm). You can sign up for these by using the same address included in the screen shot above.

Be sure to check EdWeek’s website. This Gates Foundation backed group is also busy churning out deceptions with the ESSA.

ASCD is featuring many pro ESSA resources right now in preparation for their upcoming conference. (ASCD is also backed by the Gates Foundation).

Not a webinar, but a date we can use to counter act the pro ESSA lies the NEA will be spinning: April 3rd, 2016. Look to your local NEA chapters for news on this.

Closing:

All this deception reminds me of some lyrics from a song I first heard last year. Sung by a British artist named Paloma Faith, the song is titled ‘Do You Want the Truth or Something Beautiful’?  While written as a love song, it is my opinion that those in the CCSS Machine live this out daily:

‘Do you want the truth or something beautiful?
Just close your eyes and make believe
Do you want the truth or something beautiful?
I am happy to deceive you’

So much for principled leadership, huh?

 

States Get Graded CCR, Style!

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How does your State stack up on CCR?

Hot on the heels of Dr. King’s confirmation as the Secretary of Education, Achieve, Inc. has released its report of grading each of the States on College/Career Readiness (CCR), a form of CCSS (Common Core State Standards). CCR is embedded in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) several times.

Since Sen. Alexander felt it important enough to ball up his fists and bang them on the podium in expressing the need to ‘implement ESSA just as it was written’, we know CCR will be part of the process.

The Report from Achieve, Inc.:

First, the link to the website: http://www.achieve.org/state-profiles

Secondly, an excerpt of interest. For more than a decade, Achieve has issued an annual 50-state report on each state’s adoption of college- and career-ready (CCR) policies as reflected in state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems.”

A reflecting question:
Hmmm…wait a minute, CCSS is NOT a decade old, is it? IF CCSS is that old and CCR is a part of it (as I have previously proven and shared with you), why are we just seeing CCR instead of CCSS, especially in the ESSA?
The answer: As we know, CCSS is a toxic phrase, by switching the language to a not-so-well-known-name-of-the-same-thing, you impress folks that all is well. However, those fools didn’t count on savvy anti CCSS Warriors who KNOW no matter WHAT name is slapped on a piece of paper, when it comes to CCSS, it is ALL the same!

What the Report says:
“These individual state profiles, as well as a K–12 summary report, represent the first time that indicators of college and career readiness, from publicly available sources, have been compiled to paint a picture of college and career readiness in every state in this way. The report and accompanying state profiles illustrate that too few high school graduates are prepared to succeed in post-secondary education, the military, and careers.” 
My guess? Achieve, Inc. is painting a subjectively based picture. Why? How many times have we seen ‘research’ that is from one CCSS Machine member based on other CCSS Machine members findings? PLENTY!

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The Report gives you charts, percentages of CCR success based on SBAC, PARCC, SAT, AP, and ACT testing. It will give you a map of the USA color coded by degree of the following:
1) no current CCR standards or coursework in use
2) has current CCR standards/coursework, but will not publicly share that information
3) has current CCR standards/coursework and does publicly share the information.

Thanks to the language of the ESSA, all States will have CCR Standards, or Challenging State Academic Standards which must meet the assessments used.

The Report also gives you the name of each State’s diploma name. Be sure to read how many have some form of CCR in them! (One important note: while the introduction says all 50 States, all 50 State’s information is not included! Why? That pesky category #2 from above, not all the States publicly share CCR information. By the way, since you know I live in NC, I can share NC doesn’t publicly share its CCR information. Fortunately however, I have!)

Further in the Report you will find the CCR measurements of dual enrollment students, early college students, Tech School, and IB (International Baccalaureate) students. Since many homeschool students use AP, some IB, early college, Tech Schools, and dual enrollment (and since this will only increase in the ESSA) options for education, you can see how even these students do NOT escape CCR!

Access the Report: CCRHSGradsMarch2016

The Report’s Research and Methods? NCES (National Center for Education Statistics), College Board, ACT, Inc., and the Education Trust. ALL CCSS Machine members! Talk about subjectivity! Talk about massive data mining/sharing!

Part of the research and methodology included race, income, STEM, formative assessment scores, and military or post-secondary enrollment. To access the methodology: Achieve-Methodology-CCR_HS_Grads

If you live in a State which does not publicly share CCR information, Achieve, Inc. has you covered there. Use the link at the very top (will say ‘state profiles’). Scroll down to the portion of the website you see each State’s name. You can click there and access the findings Achieve, Inc. has been able to use to paint their picture. You can print off or download each of the State Reports if you choose.

Oh, and one last note: Achieve, Inc. believes in CCSS/CCR SO much they even provide you with a video on how to understand the Report at the bottom of the page. They seriously need a new set of paints and paintbrushes!

If you need more proof of the Achieve, Inc.’s agenda for aligned education, be sure to see their page: http://www.achieve.org/our-agenda
Don’t miss their proud work on their initiatives of Next Generation Science Standards, Competency Based Career Paths, and using CCSS to its fullest! See: http://www.achieve.org/our-initiatives

“Conformity Readiness”

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Warriors Against the Core: In today’s “Tech Thursday” article, I will be taking an in-depth look at the ‘College and Career Readiness’ so interwoven in the ESSA. How does it connect to the Common Core? History, updates, resources, and much more information you need to know.

You recognize CCR, right? The College and Career Readiness that was to replace CCSS (Common Core State Standards), that was to be better than CCSS? That was to be one of the ways the ESSA(Every Student Succeeds Act) ditched the CCSS? Yeah, right..I we all have beach front homes in KS!

“Air Apparent”:

It is no secret how much a part of the CCSS Machine Air, Inc. is but in case you haven’t seen some of the latest CCR (College and Career Readiness) propaganda, you are in for a ‘treat’!
Before we continue our look at AIR, Inc. let’s take a step back in time to see the foundation for CCR (College and Career Readiness).

 

A Step Back:

One of the only truly apparent things about CCR is that they were woven into the RttT (Race to the Top) applications and waivers..right along WITH CCSS! Below (as an example) is what NC did with its RttT money for CCR:
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Access the document: NCCCRRttTguide

From the blast of the past concerning the screen shot above, comes this excerpt that will help continue the point I am making today.
Career & College: Ready, Set, Go! is designed to mobilize all of these individuals and groups toward the goal of graduating all students from high school prepared for further education and successful employment. This high-level goal encompasses many smaller goals and objectives that will move North Carolina public schools forward. In their successful application for federal Race to the Top funding, state education leaders capitalized on the work that was already underway and received federal funding to help North Carolina move further and faster toward realizing Career & College: Ready, Set, Go! for every school district, every public school and every student.

Now, notice that “public schools” were stressed. Back when this was written, most school choices were not conforming to the CCR.
Fast forward to 2016..and every school choice, in some way or other is conforming to CCR!

This is NOT a NC specific problem, either, this is a nation-wide one. Before we move on, take one more look at this old NC document. Notice the SAT ties, the AP ties, the post-secondary aspects (community colleges and major 4 year universities). Notice the timeline. The 2016-17 school year is the LAST year before ESSA’s complete implementation is to take place. (Per the ESSA, everything must be in place no later than the 2017-18 school year.) Again, a nation-wide problem, not just a NC issue!

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So what do you think the rest of the States will do with the money coming down from D.C. with the CCR ties in the ESSA? If what the States did with RttT is an example, they will use it to continue breeding master conformers NOT citizens with free will! However, if your State didn’t get RttT funds, you still have the CCR..thanks to the CCSS Machine! All so conformity can be the end result of education for workforce needs.

 

Those Handy, Dandy Air, Inc. CCR Pocket Guides:

These are rather dated as well, the post I found was from 2013. Again, before the ESSA and its passage, but also another portion of the CCR foundation. It is here we will see the point in time when our States truly sold us out.

The Guides were created in a way to ‘help state and local policymakers and practitioners implement the college- and career-ready reforms included in the flexibility waivers approved by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2011, the Department of Education waived certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in exchange for reform plans related to four principles, including achieving college and career readiness.’  What were the other 3 reform plans? Revamping state waivers to adhere to CCR; how CCR would be defined; and using best practices to help shape the States for CCR. Air, Inc. just helped promote the CCR to the States (at that point, 35 in total). It was the ESEA Flexibility Waivers the States received to help them conform to CCR
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It is important to point out that the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) does contain a passage where it declares the ESEA Flexibility Waivers as expired. However, there are other passages where the CCR lives on without them. Go back and read those Flex Waivers,however.
Why? The ESSA gives MORE power to the SEAs(State Education Agencies) in alignment for CCR’s Outcome Based Education. ESSA also gives the Feds MORE power when it comes to approving any State’s education plan. The old Flex Waivers study by Air, Inc. will tell you the CCR was rapidly replacing the importance of high school graduation. Why? The economic impacts!
The CCR Pocket Guide (below); read it to also see the involvement of the NGA (National Governors Association), the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), the P21 (Partnership for 21st Century Skills) and how the embedding of CCR into the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) would bring about all this conformity!
To get the CCR Guide this information is from: CCR_Pocket_Guide_0

Warriors, did you catch that? CCR was embedded INTO the CCSS! Since the ESSA embraces CCR that means the CCSS will live on! ESSA does use the phrase Common Core State Standards Initiative(CCSSI) 4 times in its Final Conference Report (1,059 pages), which means it is ALSO in the 391 page ESSA Final Law!! (Pages 130 uses CCSSI in relation to standards states use and their assessments; 825 uses CCSSI in relation to State educational waivers; 843 uses CCSSI in relation to federal financial support to the States; and 859 in relation to not prohibiting the States from withdrawing from the CCSS.)

Warriors, ask yourselves this: How can you keep the Initiative without the Initiative’s Standards??

Air, Inc.’s 2015-16 CCR Resource Guide:

What is the most interesting about this guide (not available in pocket size) is that while it says College and Career Readiness Standards and Assessments, scroll through and see how many of the resources are in fact, Common Core State Standards and Assessments. Notice how many other CCSS Machine members you see! Get this Guide: College-and-Career-Readiness-Assessment-Resources-Winter-2015-16

 

‘New America’ Maps CCR:

This member of the CCSS Machine has a handy, dandy website where you can literally see a map of the USA in colors to denote just how CCR they truly are. To see it: http://atlas.newamerica.org/mapping-college-readiness

How I know they are a CCSS Machine member: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/wybi-new-america-ed-central-pre-k-to-high-pay/ (*Note: the biggest clue to The Atlas website and my article? Beside the name, the logo gives it away.)

 

 

ESSA’s CCR:

When you search for the exact phrase ‘college career readiness’ in the ESSA Final Report, you will receive nothing. However, shorten it to one word (in my search, I used ‘readiness’). I found the following page numbers which will tie up the point:
CCR is most definitely embedded in the ESSA! It isn’t going away!
*Be sure to note that these are summaries. How did the writers omit CCR as we know it? ‘Post-secondary readiness’ OR ‘career readiness’, but NOT ‘College and Career Readiness’!

Page 85, Page 324, Page 328, Page 340, Page 374, Page 439, Page 462, Page 482, Page 516, Page 597, Page 601, Page 611, Page 615, Pages 626/629, Page 631, Pages 677/684,
Page 695, Pages 723/724, Page 803, Page 884, and Page 951.

Warriors Against the Core, just because the writers and sponsors of ESSA performed ‘language foul play’ by not using the exact phrase “College and Career Readiness”, doesn’t mean CCR isn’t there..it is, in plain sight with words that mean the same thing!!

 

Other Handy, Dandy Pocket Guides from the Government:

Directly related to the ESSA (and the supposed return of state control/CCR improvements/ and more) I give you the U.S. House of Representative’s EdWorkforce Committee Pocket Guides. 
http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/top10.png
http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/gop_principles.png

From the U.S. Senate’s HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) page, I searched for their take on CCR, the top resource? A group of supportive statements for the ESSA’s passage into law, where CCR was mentioned by several. See: http://www.help.senate.gov/ranking/newsroom/press/widespread-support-for-every-student-succeeds-act
To see their pdf documents for ‘CCR in Practice’:
http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/career-and-college-readiness-in-practice

Also of note from the HELP website is a document they have in their archives titled
This undated document is from the WV Dept. of Education and its addressing of the (then) newly released, voluntary CCSS.
Why do I bring this up? The search I conducted was for ‘College Career Readiness’, the description HELP has this document labeled with is that the NGA and the CCSSO published the CCR Standards(see the screen shot). Do you see the connection? The NGA and CCSO did publish Standards, but they were the CCSS, this document serves as proof the CCS AND the CCR are one and the same!

HELPWVPaine

Here’s the most CCR excerpt I could find from the document, “Lastly, the common standards are aligned with college and work expectations. By preparing all students to be both college and career ready, all students are able compete in their post-secondary education and/or career choice. Preparing all students to be college and career is absolutely critical to the long-term success of the country. By providing a set of expectations that are clear to students, parents and educators about what it takes to be college and career ready, the states have taken a major step forward in producing students who are ready for later success.” To access the entire document: Paine1 
To see the 2014 CCSSO CCR Task Force ReportEmbargoedCCSSOTaskForceonCareerReadiness120114

Warrior Question, why is it ‘Standards’ if they are ‘expectations’?

 

Other CCR Standards WannaBes:

Pearson Publishing’s CCRCCR_WEB_FINAL Pearson
EPIC’s (Education Improvement Policy Center’s) CCR:
 Defining_College_Career_Readiness
ACT, Inc’s CCR Standards claim: https://www.act.org/standard/
Their pdf document (be sure to see the bottom of Page 2): ACTAlignment-White-Paper

Closing:

There you have it Anti CCSS Warriors, the story of the CCR, CCSS, ESSA, and conformity in excess. We have much information to share, many more battles to fight, so let’s get busy!

 

FTF: A ‘Dependent Truth’

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Well, the new U.S. Dept. of Education Secretary is wasting no time when it comes to selling higher education opportunities. But are these opportunities truthful ones? Will these opportunities come with MORE Common Core State Standards strings attached? What about College/Career Readiness? Career Tech Education (and all its other names) and their strings?

I guess it all DEPENDS! Join me in my “From the Files” Tuesday article as we explore this ‘dependent truth’.

The U.S. Dept. of Ed’s ‘Dependent’ Story:

If you just look at the Tweet above, you would think, ‘sounds great, we need more opportunities for low-income students’. However, as we have learned with the pro-CCSS U.S. Dept. of Ed, you can NOT take what sounds great and prove it out to BE great..there is ALWAYS some ‘dependent truth’ embedded. So just WHAT is the Tweet referring to, in hopes of drawing you in? Let’s find out!

First ‘dependent truth’: since the Tweet refers to ‘higher education’, you need to go directly to the OPE (Office of Post Secondary Education) WITHIN the U.S. Dept. of Education. See: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/index.html

But I guess Sec. King depended on you to know that already. As a new leader, it would of been kind of him to point you to where you could find more out if you wanted from the labyrinth Dept. of Ed is. Instead he points you to a research paper. (that is another ‘dependent truth’ for later).

Once you are in the OPE website pages, you can find this declaration
OPE works to strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to promote reform, innovation and improvement in post-secondary education, promote and expand access to post-secondary education and increase college completion rates for America’s students, and broaden global competencies that drive the economic success and competitiveness of our Nation.”

How does the OPE pull this off? Lots and lots of programs! There are policy programs (which will shape how reform is carried out), programs to get educational institutions on the reform band wagon, programs for all kinds of students, too..and all chock full of reform under the guise of improving life.

All this leads us to the Second ‘Dependent Truth’: If all the reform and improvements were LEGALLY based and NON Common Core (or any of its other names) aligned, these programs would be better off. BUT, I guess the Dept. of Education depends on the fallacy of our believing them, right?

The Third ‘Dependent Truth’? Simple, policy is NOT law! But I guess no one at the U.S. Dept. of Ed exercised their ‘Captain Obvious’ muscles in this area. The Free Dictionary website stated that policy in relation to governments is intended to influence and determine decisions, actions, and other matters” They also continue on with this, “A course of action, guiding principle, or procedure considered expedient, prudent, or advantageous”. Since we know the U.S. Dept of Ed sides with all things CCSS, we know their dependence is on the ‘truth’ that prudence, advantage, and influence are subjective, NOT objective! The Free Dictionary offers one last definition of ‘policy’, whatever is “shrewdness” is the basic idea. That, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, is exactly where the CCSS Machine has been focusing on when it comes to ‘dependent truths’! Contrast the definition of ‘policy’ to ‘law’, and I think you will see yet another ‘dependent truth’ being skewed by the CCSS Machine and the U.S. Dept. of Ed!

If you want to see the 2015-16 Negotiated Rules for Higher Education and what this means for your students,
http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2016/index.html

This brings up another ‘dependent truth’: Much of the hype around higher education is the cost of it. Much of the language in these negotiated rules has to deal with student loans. So what ‘dependent truth’ is the U.S. Dept of Ed using (as well as the CCSS Machine)?
Many states are now requiring kids to complete FASFA forms (these are the government financial aid applications) in order to graduate! The U.S. Dept. of Ed is basically hog-tying students to CCSS aligned post-secondary education as well as massive debt!
Because the HEA (Higher Education Act) will be up for re-authorization soon (as I believe it will be due to the ‘success’ of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)). Higher Ed is the LAST link in the “cradle to career alignment” which HAS NOT been cemented by the CCSS Machine.

So what is my point? We know where to look when the negotiations begin! See the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s resource for HOW the rulemaking process is conducted! http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=ED-2015-OPE-0103-0001

Other ‘Dependent Truth’ Participants:

The U.S. Dept. of Ed is hardly the only ‘dependent truth’ entity involved in the education alignment activities. Refer back to the Tweet featured above and you will notice Sec. King is sharing with you a report from another source. What source? What report? Read on, my Warriors!

Jack Kent Cooke  Foundation is the source.
“True Merit” is the report.
Wanna bet how many ‘dependent truths’ we can find?..First, look below at the screen shot from the Foundation’s website. Notice how young the students targeted are. Not post-secondary age, yet, but much younger.
cookefoundation
You can access the picture above: http://www.jkcf.org/

According to the website, the Foundation is The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination.”

The Foundation has only been around since 2000 and is based in VA. According to a pdf I found buried in the website, the following is used in determining which students get help, “The Foundation chooses recipients for these awards following a rigorous review process led by independent, expert selection committees. Selection criteria include academic excellence, unmet financial need, will to succeed, leadership and public service, critical-thinking ability, and strong interest in the arts and humanities.” Want to see the pdf? http://www.jkcf.org/assets/1/7/back_matter.pdf

SO here is Cooke’s ‘first dependent truth’: “Research shows: There is a profound and widening excellence gap through elementary and secondary school.” Their second ‘dependent truth’ is(also from research): “High-achieving, low-income students are less likely to pursue rigorous coursework or to score highly on achievement tests.” I guess they are depending on the truth that their research left out how poorly ALL students are doing in both these areas due to CCSS and all that goes with it! Cooke has many more ‘dependent truths’ where I found these two beauties. It is on their ‘Guiding Principles’ page. Among them you will find why students must be academically engaged during, after and through summers to perform well.

Another of  Cooke’s ‘dependent truths’: Their Community College Initiative. As I have shared with you in the past, community colleges across the nation are aligned to CCSS via the CTE (Career Tech Education) and its paths. From the document detailing this Initiative, here is an excerpt, “The Foundation issued $6.8 million in grants to the institutions to increase the number of high achieving, low‐income community college transfer students at the participating four‐ year colleges and universities. The grants would enable the institutions to foster programs, policies, and partnerships with community colleges to improve student preparation, assistance with admission and financial aid processes, orientation and “bridge” programs, and post‐admission support. The eight institutions were Amherst College, Bucknell University, Cornell University, Mount Holyoke College, University of California, Berkeley, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina‐Chapel Hill, and University of Southern California. To evaluate the CCTI, the Foundation selected the Center for Youth and Communities at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management.”

Their research team? Another ‘dependent truth’:  “Prior to awarding the CCTI grants, the Foundation, in collaboration with the Lumina Foundation and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, commissioned research…” If you would like the entire Report, CookeCCTI

Before we leave Cooke, you need to know the Tweet Sec. King made was not referring to this Report, but Cooke’s latest, called “True Merit”.
Before I share True Merit’s document, here is the fancy, You Tube video to sell us on this idea the U.S. Dept. of Ed is embracing and tweeting about: 

Some of the ‘dependent truths’ in “True Merit”:
1) SAT/ACT prep and courses, assessments
2) Under served student populations (just a few days ago I wrote how the ESSA used this phrase in the language for purposed CCSS/CTE alignment)
3)  Student funding
4) CCSS/CTE/CCR aligned post-secondary education institutions which include Harvard, MIT, and others
5) Educational Longitude Studies and other data mining
6) School counselor guidance (I have also exposed the White House Initiative concerning school counselors and their purposed alignment to CCSS/CTE in the past.)
7) AP/IB courses and assessments
Get the entire document: JKCF_True_Merit_Report


If you are not sure how Lumina and Nellie Mae are part of the CCSS Machine and where their ‘dependent truths’ are, see:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Lumina and
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=Nellie+Mae
I will suggest you search out Emily Talmadge’s website for her look into Nellie Mae. Her website: http://emilytalmage.com/

One last resource I found within the OPE of the Dept. of Ed and pertains to ‘dependent truths’ for higher education ties AIR (American Institutes of Research) into the alignment efforts in America! See: http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012046.pdf

Closing:

Well, my Warriors Against the Core, you can see we have lots to look into in the coming days concerning higher education and the continued quest of aligning every educational choice to that of the CCSS Machine.

Remember to join me tomorrow morning on the Negdog Radio (a BlogTalk Radio Station) as we take a look into the College and Career Readiness Centers located across the nation. You can find Negdog Radio (FL based):
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/negdog-radio/ 
My host has devoted 11:30 am to 1:30 pm Eastern Standard Time for War vs the Core Wednesdays. You can listen in or call in with questions, 347-843-4165. Shows are archived as well. Then join me again on Women on the Wall national phone call, 8:30 pm, Central Standard Time. That call in number is: 302-202-1110, code 702165.

 

Monday Musings: National Graduates

The CCSS Machine certainly has made the most out of the media frenzy to help its cause.
The CCSS Machine certainly has made the most out of the media frenzy to help its cause.

It’s a new work week, anti CCSS Warriors, but that’s okay. For us, it just means more days to fight Common Core, to preserve freedom of educational choice; it’s a new week to reach out to our legislators and say “NO!” to the data mining, the psychological abuse, the workforce alignement, the public/private partnerships, and the media. Now, why would I include the ‘media’? We’ve seen first hand, on several occasions where the sold out media circus has clamored to promote, misinform, throw stones at anyone and/or anything which might suggest the  CCSS Machine isn’t great, true, honest, or just plain good for American students.

As a small participant in the social media anti CCSS side, I wanted to use my ‘musings’ article to help lay out some newer efforts the sold out media sources are using to push, sell, indoctrinate via the TV, radio, etc. possible.

ICYMI, “Think It Up”:

This organization held a broadcast nation wide, on Sept. 11th, 2015. Backing it are the Gates Foundation, Exxon, and every major media company out there. Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS were all involved. I was too appalled to watch the pro CCSS ‘smooze fest’, but I do know from some other anti CCSS Warriors, it was quite spectacular in the category of ‘nation wide indoctrination broadcasting’. If you’d like to learn more about the TIU (Think It Up), visit their website, http://www.thinkitup.org/ 

Here’s a short video I found on YouTube where Nick Jonas, the TIU Ambassador, helps promote the Initiative. For myself, the irony of Nick Jonas promoting this pro CCSS effort (in disguise) is that he is a homeschool graduate. Homeschoolers, as has been proven, are NOT exempt from CCSS, they certainly are being sucked into the CCSS Machine’s grasp with the AP classes, the Career Tech Education (which waits for them in post-secondary education), and the SAT, ACT, GED, and CLEP exams.


(*Note: Since the broadcast date of 9/11/15, TIU has partnered with Project XQ. I wrote about that CCSS/CTE, workforce education project, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/15/ftf-revisit-to-redesigned-ccss-high-school/)

National Grads:

Coming soon to your PBS stations across America will be the “American Graduation Day”, set for broadcast on Oct. 3rd, 2015. It’s a 7 hour broadcast which will show the ‘champions of education’. If you look at the promo clip, you’ll see Chelsea Clinton, Michelle Obama, Arne Duncan, and major broadcasters in ‘feel good about yourself’ moments. Below, is the YouTube video:

Now, this is NOT the first American Graduation Day, it probably won’t be the last, but it is becoming increasingly obvious that we, as a nation, must be convinced about American education’s reform. If you look in-depth at the website, you’ll see how your local community can get involved. You can see which states are helping promote this. No surprise, NC (where I live) is featured as an involved state.If you’d to see if your state is ‘blue’ for helping out, visit: http://www.americangraduate.org/local-communities/

To learn more about the 2015 AGD, http://www.americangraduate.org/american-graduate-day/
(*Note: This tireless push by the P3 led CCSS Machine is supporting the current administration’s educational vision. What vision? For one, his $12 billion dollar initiative to produce more community college and college graduates. See: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2009/07/14/investing-education-american-graduation-initiative Then, there’s the high school push to graduate. It’s part of the preK to college plan. See: https://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education)

If you’d like to see just how deeply our public media is entrenched: http://www.americangraduate.org/about/why-public-media/

To see other partners involved in the ‘graduation crisis’: http://www.americangraduate.org/about/connect-partners/

Nothing New:

My dear, fellow warriors, this is not the first time in history we’ve seen mass media used to control our attitudes or beliefs. The CCSS Machine has spent many dollars employing those who know how to twist every facet of the agenda behind CCSS, CTE. History is repeating itself. Ask a Nazi Germany survivor. Ask a citizen who used to live in a Communist country. Ask someone who ever lived in ANY oppressed location. If  you don’t such a person, use the London, England based “Jewish Culture Center” for their  historical proof. http://www.theholocaustexplained.org/ks4/the-nazification-of-germany/impact-of-the-nazi-state/how-did-the-nazis-use-propaganda/#.VghdmPlViko
For a refresher on the Communist propaganda, just look up the Cold War. Find “Lily 4 Liberty”, the outspoken anti CCSS advocate. See: http://www.lily4liberty.com/thoughts-on-common-core.html
A personal associate of mine who’s been warning Americans about the CCSS education reform for many years, Dr. Oddy Crist. See her quick anti CCSS testimony:

Closing:

So, what’s the anti CCSS warrior to do? Stay informed, get loud, and don’t give up! Join me tomorrow for my follow up article on the Workforce Aligned National efforts.

Tech Thursday: Hunting for CCSS/CTE

Hunt Institute has a long history of being Common Core supportive.

Hunt Institute has a long history of being Common Core supportive.

While it appears all anti CCSS eyes are on the HR5 (the re-authorization of the NCLB), it’s been proven via documents that the HEA re-authorization is just as CCSS tied! Both have been re-authorized in almost the same time periods since their original passing in 1965. Time and time again, Sen. Lamar Alexander has been tied to the re-writing of BOTH bills. The intent? Simply put: what gets started in HR5 for CCSS, CTE, data mining, control,assessments, and educational abuse is CONTINUED into the HEA.

So what does the Hunt Institute’s announcement of 6/16/15 have to do with this? The announcement HI released, details a report published by the SREB (Southern Regional Education Board), which gives us an overview of the BRIDGE between K-12 and post-secondary..This plays right into the hands of BOTH bills being up for re-authorization. We MUST act quickly in alerting our legislators to KILL BOTH bills!! This ‘bridge’ even has a name…and I’ve taken you in great detail into the creation of that bridge. It’s called “Career Pathways”.

 

The Hunt Institute Announcement:

Here’s an excerpt from the HI’s website about SREB, “Labor market economists project that by 2020, two-thirds or more of all jobs will require some post-secondary education — either a certificate, a credential or a degree at the associate level or higher. At present, however, the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) analyses of educational attainment data suggest that millions of young Americans are being left behind in the transition from high school to college and well-paying jobs. Significant numbers will never graduate, and many who do go on to college will never complete a credential with value in the marketplace. Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States, the final report of SREB’s Commission on Career and Technical Education, offers a powerful solution to this problem: Provide more than one pathway to college and careers.”

A Hunt Institute ‘Bridge’ of Their Own:

While busy promoting the SREB’s last report in a series of them, HI has produced some of its own ‘bridge’ reports for connecting K-12, post-secondary education, and alignment to the CCSS/CTE way of educating our students (remember, all ages attend post-secondary schools).

While the report I’m about to share is ‘state specific’ it can be used as evidence to research what your state may have going on that is either the same or eerily similar. Remember, the Hunt Institute has been instrumental in promoting CCSS is every state; SREB is busy promoting CCSS/CTE across several states (other regional education boards complete the coverage across the nation). (*Note: I’ve written several articles on SREB and those other regional education boards, you can find them by searching my blog, just insert the acronym for the region you wish to find.)

Hunt Institute’s series, “CoNCepts”, from their latest issue: “This issue of coNCepts examines the ways North Carolina’s K-12 and higher education systems are working together to ensure college and career readiness for all students by aligning K-12 with post-secondary expectations, creating clearly defined pathways for career training and college preparation, and forming robust partnerships with industry.” Further down the page, you’ll see: “ As part of NC Ready for Success, NCDPI has partnered with ACT to administer a series of college readiness assessments: EXPLORE (8th grade); PLAN (10th grade); and ACT (11th grade). Beginning in 2011-2012, PLAN and ACT were administered to all 10th and 11th graders free of charge. These assessments inform students, parents, and educators about the student’s current academic trajectory, as well as where further interventions and support are required.” See the screen shot below of another page from the ‘CoNCept’ issue.

New Schools, Jobs for the Future have been traced to ties with the CCSS Machine; NCCCS (NC Community College System) has been aligned to include CTE/CCSS, as well.
New Schools, Jobs for the Future have been traced to ties with the CCSS Machine; NCCCS (NC Community College System) has been aligned to include CTE/CCSS, as well.

To read the rest of the HI’s CCSS/CTE education reform news: CoNCept-Issue5

 

SREB, Southern Regional Education Board:

One of the last times I researched and wrote about the SREB designs on post-secondary education was another report from the same series as Hunt Institute refers to above. That was back in  April 2015. That report’s name was ““Community Colleges in the South: Strengthening Readiness and Pathways”  The report HI is promoting is titled, “Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States”. The new report, like it’s predecessor, has 8 strategy points laid out. I’ll not repeat the former 8 points from the April 2015 article, but I am including the link so you can read it for yourselves. You’ll also be able to see how the Gates Foundation and others are backing the SREB (you can bet the other regional education boards are just as well taken care of by the CCSS Machine). See April’s SREB article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/sic-em-saturday-using-community-colleges-for-more-core/

The latest SREB bridge connector from K-12 to post-secondary titled “Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States” is more of the same we’ve seen from those seeking to misguide Americans into believing all this CCSS/CTE reform is the best we can do for our students. No, it’s the best the CCSS/CTE Machine can do to undermine our country!  “Credentials” includes a message to the SREB states (and those of us fighting CCSS/CTE) from the Governor of KY. Here’s an excerpt from his message, One of my goals as chair of SREB and its Commission on Career and Technical Education is to promote policies and practices to support strong career pathways that help more students earn industry and post-secondary credentials and obtain good jobs.”

The latest 8 action steps laid out in “Credentials” are as follows:

“1) Build bridges from high school to post-secondary education and the workplace by creating rigorous, relevant career pathways driven by labor market demand.”
2) Expect all students to graduate academically ready for both college and careers.
3)  Select assessments of technical and workplace readiness standards that offer long-term value to individual students, employers and the economy; carry college credits; and are directly linked to more advanced certifications and further study. 
4)  Provide all high school career pathway teachers, especially new teachers from industry, with the professional development and fast-track induction programs they need to meet high academic, technical and pedagogical standards and enhance students’ academic and technical readiness for college and careers.
5) Adopt a framework of strategies to restructure low-performing high schools around rigorous, relevant career pathways that accelerate learning and prepare students for post-secondary credentials and degrees. 
6) Offer early advanced credential programs in shared-time technology centers, aligning their curricula, instruction and technology with home high schools and community and technical colleges.
7)  Incentivize community and technical colleges and school districts to double the percentage of students who earn certificates, credentials and degrees by setting statewide readiness standards and aligning assessment and placement measures with those standards. Other strategies: Use the senior year of high school to reduce the number of students who need remediation, retool developmental education, adopt individualized support strategies for struggling students and improve affordability. 
8) Design accountability systems that recognize and reward districts, high schools, technology centers, and community and technical colleges that double the number of young adults who acquire post-secondary credentials and secure high-skill, high-wage jobs by age 25.”

How these action steps are taken in your states is something you MUST read for yourselves. It includes federal and state pressure via funding. Get the entire report by accessing it here: CredentialPlan

Remember, your state may not be an SREB one, but you can more than likely find the exact message from your regional education board or one extremely like this. Why? Because while all 50 states don’t have CCSS, every one of them, by law has Career Tech (aka Workforce). As I stated in the beginning of this article:

                                                                        What starts in HR5 ends in HEA!

Terrific Tuesday! Anti CCSS News

Both the HR5 AND the HEA re-authorizations are being fast tracked!
Both the HR5 AND the HEA re-authorizations are being fast tracked!

Hi Anti CCSS Warriors, it’s been a whirlwind of busy times for the CC Diva, but have no fear, I’m back with anti Common Core news you can use!! I’m breaking from the my “From the Files” Tuesday to bring you important information. Please read on….

Fresh from the News:

The HR5, aka “Every Child Succeeds” Act (the most current name to the re-authorization of No Child Left Behind) is set to be back in front of our Congress members in the upcoming week. However, don’t stop there. The HEA, aka “Higher Education Act” re-authorization is ALSO being fast tracked. Why? Well for starters, BOTH are being re-written by the SAME pro CCSS/CTE Congress member. At least he’s heading up the re-write team. Sen. Alexander has a long track record of education reform that’s down right scary. Many anti CCSS warriors, myself included, have warned of his activity, some for a very long time, and others, more recent.

While the HR5 has gotten most of the spotlight due to the K-12th grade nature, please don’t overlook the post-secondary bill or think the CCSS/CTE moves begun in the HR5 will stop once your student graduates high school. Far from it, the purpose and intent is to CONTINUE the CCSS/CTE pipeline from one bill to the other! All the curriculum alignment, the assessments, and the data mining are locked in from PreK-20. But, stop to consider, what if I’m an older adult seeking to go back and earn a degree from a post-secondary school.. you’ll be in the pipeline too!

While I Was Away:

When I last posted it was a few days ago. Since then I’ve attended an out of state educational conference which catered to home educators. While Common Core wasn’t a main feature I did observe quite a bit of the CC in plain sight. Trouble was, not many noticed the Standards presence. Why is this an anti CCSS warrior’s concern? The CCSS Machine likes to be stealthy in being among those who educate in ALL school settings.

While those who brought up the fact they’d left the public school system in this state to home educate, most said they were anxious to find virtual schools or being placed in magnet schools, especially the STEM ones. Please do not misunderstand, I am NOT criticizing these school choices. What I’m pointing out is, that we, as anti CCSS warriors need to step up our game and help as many know and understand that ALL school choices have (or can have) CCSS/CTE in them.

For example, all school choices have access to many textbooks, virtual or physical. All school choices have teacher development workshops they can be a part of. (*Note: Not, the development for a home educator will not look like the ones a more traditional educator has, but I can speak from personal experience that I’ve attended workshops hosted by my state’s wildlife resources department where I was shoulder to shoulder with educators spanning the gamut of school choice and including elder care leaders. ) All school choices have field trips, camps, and other extra curricular events. The CCSS Machine has rolled out their agenda in a community wide effort. This includes our libraries, museums, and camps like STEM ones.  Proof has been offered to document each one of these facts. Again, others who are adamantly anti CCSS/CTE, myself included, have shared this knowledge. Don’t forget free curricula that’s CCSS/CTE aligned is also available to all school choices. For example, the Smithsonian Institution, the Endowments for the Arts and the Humanities (separate endowments), MIT online courses, Teaching Tolerance, and others all are CCSS/CTE aligned.

An example of the free online curricula available to all school choices and CCSS aligned.
An example of the free online curricula available to all school choices and CCSS aligned.

The Slick Goody Bags:

Another surefire way to identify CCSS/CTE while I was at this conference was via the slick ads in the goody bag I received once I walked in.  You know these bags, they’re the ones filled with ads for this company and that. Ads which help sell you on why this educational opportunity is the best thing since dirt was invented. As seasoned anti CCSS warriors, we should know what to look for that are easily recognized clues. Why? So we can help others learn to spot the CCSS Machine’s slick sales job!
The ones from my goody bag that I spotted right away:

NASA, the clues? STEM camps, classes and educator workshops, a Smithsonian Institute partner, Boy Scouts partner (yes, even the Boy Scouts are choosing to align to CCSS, that’s recent news, too.I’ll share more on that in a bit), and the fact that I’d already connected NASA to CCSS. In the slick brochure it was evident that these opportunities are available to all educational choices..including homeschoolers. The sad news: you pay for these opportunities, sometimes in pricey sums.

The CLEP brochure, the clues? The College Board logo. (*Note:Once upon a time, CLEP (meaning College Level Exam Program), was an ideal choice as an assessment for all school choices, but most especially home educated ones. ) As seasoned anti CCSS warriors, we know David Coleman is the ‘mastermind’ at College Board, but do others? The vast array of CCSS/CTE aligned CLEPs include: some foreign languages, science, math, composition, business, history, social sciences, and literature. The sad news: you pay to take these assessments.

Mr. D Math, the clue? SAT boot camps. The sad news? This former public school teacher has written not assessments for a HI public school rooted in the P20 community agenda, but has been featured in the RefinED publication discussing the 21st century math teacher. (*Note: RefinED is an active partner to the American Center for School Choice which is a social justice, education reform Walton family funded group. Walton is a known CCSS supporter)

Liberty University’s Dual Enrollment, the clue? The phrase ‘dual enrollment’. The sad news? I’d researched Liberty University in a previously published article exposing their CCSS alignment, especially in their education majors.

There are other slick brochures I can share, but that will be a follow up post for a later time.

Links to use to help educate others where CCSS/CTE is openly hiding:

Helping the Boy Scouts with virtual badges is the Computer Science Student Network. Their CCSS tie? Carnegie Mellon University and DARPA (a special arm of the Dept. of Defense) (*Note: We already learned as anti CCSS warriors that the DofD is participating in student data mining)
To access the above information, see: http://www.cs2n.org/about
To learn more about DARPA: http://www.darpa.mil/

NASA’s CCSS/STEM statement: http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/media.html

Mr.D’s Math: http://www.MrDmath.com
RefinED’s statement of activity: http://www.redefinedonline.org/
American Center for School Choice: http://www.amcsc.com/
Walton Family Education Reform Grants 2013: http://2013annualreport.waltonfamilyfoundation.org/grant-reports/education-reform-grants/
The HI school with the P20 community agenda: http://www.kamaile-academy.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=197475&type=d&pREC_ID=422740

My Liberty University article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/fom-friday-christian-colleges-exempt-from-common-core-not/

CLEP’s College Board tie: https://clep.collegeboard.org/

Project Learning Tree (which provided the free curriculum at the educator based workshop I attended with others who educate in all arenas, as mentioned above) https://www.plt.org/correlations (*Note; you’ll also be able to find the Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, and other ‘non formal’ groups included here)

CCSS/CTE impacts ALL educational choices, don't be fooled!
CCSS/CTE impacts ALL educational choices, don’t be fooled!