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The Fan’s Been Hit

Goodbye, September…Hello, October! Fellow anti CCSS Warriors; Warriors Against the Core; and Anti Fed Ed Warriors, you know life is changing for us all on a daily basis. You know we, as a nation are being impacted every day by the CCSS Machine in some way.

I’m a bit more angry at the continued overreach in education from all the levels it SHOULD NEVER be getting. I’ve also seen an increase (again) in being blocked, so some of my latest research isn’t getting out there quite as good as it once did. Still, I press on.

However…………………..

We’ve reached a point, in the War Against the Core, where the ‘poop’ is hitting the fan at almost breakneck speed!

At the beginning of the week, if you remember, I said we had 5 days of which to survive U.S. Congress’s moves concerning their part of the CCSS Machine’s overreach in education legislation. Mid-week, I said it didn’t appear much was happening on the Hill, but there was plenty going on elsewhere in D.C. (Dr. King and the U.S. Dept. of Ed)

All the while, the blocking of all that I’d researched and written grew. Then, last night, at least for me, the poop really hit the fan when I received an email from the U.S. House of Representative’s Education and Workforce Committee.

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The email goes on to share all the other education/job reform projects. Then, the letter is ended with, “All of these reforms will provide Americans “A Better Way” to pursue successful, fulfilling lives and work toward a brighter future. And there’s more where these came from. September may be drawing to a close, but House Republicans know there is more work to be done.”

If you wish to read the entire message,
http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401106
(*Note: The H5963, is included; the Higher Education Forum Rep. Kline spoke during, also there. As you know, I’ve written on both of these to expose the real rotten, stinky logs of poop.)

Let me backtrack from here. Ed/Workforce had been sending plenty of emails out this week, so I’d seen an increase in the ‘poop factor’.

 
Other Poop Factors:

1) Literally starting today, Oct. 1, a new fiscal year. The CCSS Machine’s gotten its claws in the federal budget. See:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/26/the-last-5-days/

2) The ‘King sized sack of poop’ being dished up:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/home-for-me/
(*Note: near the end of the bad news I shared in this one, you’ll see all the information on how you can sling some ‘poop’ of your own on Oct. 17th, 2016)

3) The new Family Engagement Ambassador Program from the U.S. Dept. of Ed and other CCSS Machine members has begun. This article has the framework for HOW the Fed ED will take over your family as a ‘nanny’ to align all to the CCSS Machine’s plans for educationhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/bon-voyage-hello-grinders/

4) The Rep. Kline speech on higher education poop,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/bon-voyage-hello-grinders/

5) How the CCSS Machine, via McGraw-Hill, is doing its best to align the Nov. 2016 elections:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/29/100-500-and-still-counting/

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“Got Poop?”

From the articles above, you’ll be able to see how much poop is currently flying. However, during the course of this week, there was a ‘new’ bill Ed/Workforce trotted out, HR6094. The official name, “The Regulatory Relief for Small Businesses, Schools, and Nonprofits Act.”

HR6094 is to put a delay of 6 months on a rule made by the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
So, we know the U.S. Dept. of Labor is a big CCSS Machine organization. The rule has to do with overtime pay. See: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/6month_02_xml.pdf

Okay, so now we are talking something to impact our national economy. We know, also, that national economy is a key platform FOR the CCSS Machine’s rhetoric for a stream-lined, workforce based education. Any time you see workforce, education, and the economy, you’ll see at least 4 alphabet soup CCSS Machine names. CTE, WIOA, ESSA, and HEA. (Career Tech Education/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act/Every Student Succeeds Act/Higher Education Act).

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Walberg from Michigan, is the main Representative behind HR6094. He released a statement about it earlier this year. See:
http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=399190

Oh, his stance on CTE which is the adult level for Common Core? He voted ‘Yes’ to the HR 5587 on 9/13/16. As you know I extensively researched HR5587 and exposed all the CCSS Machine ties. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/

Walberg also voted ‘Yes’ to the ESSA back in Dec. 2015. His vote for WIOA back in 2014? Also a ‘Yes’. As far as the HEA, Walberg shared quite a bit of news he was so proud of: http://walberg.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=372550

Delaying the rule may be a good move, it may not. However, when you have a federal level committee churning out CTE bills faster than ever, you know it’s going to be bad by the time all the poop flushes down the toilet. Add to these facts, it appears Walberg is holding the tissue paper, we’d better see EXACTLY  what U.S. Labor Dept. rule needs a delay.
“Wages and Fair Standards Labor Act” or FLSA. See: https://www.dol.gov/whd/flsa/

Why should we, the Anti CCSS Warriors give this a moment’s concern? Since ESSA expands Career Tech Education, P3s (public private partnerships), aligns to learn-to-earn initiatives, and more, We MUST pay attention! ESSA also builds on the mandate for more career exploration activities. The FLSA shows a detailed list of what is covered and what’s not when it comes to wages and related activities. (*Note: access the above FLSA website and look for ‘handy reference guide’. Also, look at the child labor information: http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/whd/flsa/cl/default.htm
Knowing how the CCSS Machine is bent on breeding young workers, we NEED to know what, if anything will be changing.)

If you wish to see the U.S. Representative’s Ed/Workforce spin on HR6094 via their ‘Fact Sheet’: http://edworkforce.house.gov/uploadedfiles/fact_sheet_-_h.r._6094.pdf

Meet the Plungers:

When I saw the tweet earlier this week, about how ‘great’ this bill is, I knew in an instant, that something foul is in the making.
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So, how do I know these groups are ‘plungers’? First off, I do not know if every single one of these groups is a CCSS Machine member.

However, looking at the above picture, I can easily spot several CCSS Machine members/groups. For example: the APLU (Association of Public Land Grant Universities) is up to their necks in education alignment to the CCSS Machine.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/06/ftf-more-evidence-for-aligned-ccss-higher-education/
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Another easy one to spot? The AACC (American Association of Community Colleges)
Here’s my latest article on them. They are a notoriously known CCSS Machine member grouphttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/local-schools-open-for-wioa/

What other group do I have research on? The AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities).
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/ftf-measure-twice-cut-once/

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is a HUGE CCSS Machine ‘plunger’!! One of my past articles about them: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/fom-chambers-pot-of-lies-for-ccss/
Then, more recently, I shared how the State Chambers of Commerce (which get big bucks from the U.S. Chamber):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/aligned-workforces/

As far as groups like the NCPA, Heritage Action, etc. I do not know their stances on CCSS or any of the aforementioned related materials. HOWEVER, I would caution ANY group willing to work with these known CCSS Machine member groups.

Flush the poop, clean your hands of the CCSS Machine’s agenda, and get out of the bathroom. Helping align our nation in ANY way to the workforce based education, is a sewer-worthy move.

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Tech Thursday: High School Equivalency, CCSS/CTE Style

The GED's (General Educational Development) makeover isn't new news, but what HAS been happening with it since the news broke?
The GED’s (General Educational Development) makeover isn’t new news, but what HAS been happening with it since the news broke?

No, the GED’s makeover ISN’T the biggest news at the moment in the War Against the Core. However, as we’ve seen in this fight to save our educational system from the massive agenda which accompanies it, WHAT has been going on SINCE the GED Makeover??

If your state is anything like the one I live in (NC), plenty. If you refer to the picture at the beginning of this post, you’ll not one, but 3 testing services now offer the NC HSET (North Carolina High School Equivalency Test). Your diploma will be awarded to you by the NC Community College System. The NC Community College System has ‘sold out’ to the Common Core Standards/Career Tech Education.

Before we look at the 2015 update, step back with me to gain a better context of HOW CTE and Common Core are related:

From 2014:

How do I know the NC Community College System has aligned itself to the CCSS Machine? Please refer to my  former article exposing the alignment:
Here’s an excerpt from the “Despicable Moves” article, “all 58 of NC’s Community Colleges are in tune with the businesses in our state. The “master plan”? Kindergarten-12th grades, as well as community colleges (those 4 yr colleges will be added soon, or so it is hoped) to have classroom lessons in tune with the jobs in manufacturing , finances, logistics and healthcare.” (the entire article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/tech-thursday-ncs-workforce-despicable-moves/ )

How do I know the rest of America’s Community Colleges are also aligned? Here’s an excerpt, “‘THE’ College Board involved with local community colleges. I hope this, because, it should continue to illuminate just how big of a grip on upper level education the group has. One part of the College Board’s organization is known as the Office of Community Colleges…. It is their job to work with local community colleges & help guide their decision making among other goals. The Board for the OCCI has many members. At least 2 are vocal about their support of & promotion the CC Standards in community colleges.  Kenneth Ender, Chair of the Advisory Board, “There is considerable work to be done to assure our K–12 curricula align with that of community college higher education. Our goal should be nothing less than assuring every high school graduate is prepared for postsecondary training and/or postsecondary education. The economy and workplace of the 21st century demands nothing less.” Nancy MacCallin, “If we do not address alignment of our K–12 and higher education systems, we will not be competitive in the global economy. Remediation needs of postsecondary students continue to worsen and need to be addressed in order to increase educational attainment. I hope to align assessment with the common core to provide an authentic assessment to ensure students move quickly through the remediation sequence and into a program that leads to a skilled workforce.”  (see the rest of the article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/tech-thursday-common-core-community-college/)

 
Step Back, Circa 2012:

Before NC could become so aligned in all that’s related to the Common Core, there had to be some states to be the ‘guinea pigs’ for post-secondary Career Tech Education. From 2012 (or close to it), this is what was happening, “Since CTE is a federal level national initiative, there will be all kinds of funding, programs, etc. To get us to this point in education reform, research had to be conducted. From what I’ve been able to find, there were 5 states of OR, CO,KS, MN, MA, were awarded funding to participate in Advancing Career and Technical Education (CTE) in State and Local Career Pathways Systems, a two-year project managed by Jobs for the Future through a contract with OVAE(Office of Vocational Adult Education, which, by the way, has been renamed to OCTAE or the Office of Career, Technical Adult Education). Technical assistance will be provided to assist these states in building their capacity to integrate CTE Programs of Study (POS) into their broader career pathways system development efforts.” (Read the rest of the article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/02/tech-thursday-ccss-career-pathways-and-workforce/)

 

Modern Day “Progress”:

Now that you’ve got a bit of context as to HOW the post-secondary CTE and the K-12 CCSS are related (if you need more evidence, I’ve got plenty, just let me know), let’s look at the current ‘progress’ via the High School Equivalency Test (aka the GED) from North Carolina. NC has 3 options, some states only have one or two options for measuring high school equivalency.

ETS’s HiSET: (Educational Testing Service), is a well known pro CCSS assessment maker, educational research entity and student data miner. According to their website for the HiSet, by offering you MORE options than every before for high school equivalency testing, you have greater opportunities! (see their encouragement letter to potential test takers,
http://hiset.ets.org/test_takers/letter/)

The ultimate goal in the equivalency test.
The ultimate goal in the equivalency test.

Other States using the HiSet are California(specific locations), Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Tennessee, and, Wyoming. (see: http://hiset.ets.org/requirements) The U.S. Territories are also in the CCSS/CTE ‘mix’. Click on the U.S. Territories tab to see their requirements.
To see the 2015 HiSet’s “Test at a Glance” pdf: 2015_taag

“GED”: Since GED is now a registered trademark owned by the American Council on Education (see this from their legal page, “The trademarks and logos used on our site identify our products and services and are owned by the GED Testing Service LLC or are used under license by GED Testing Service LLC. GED® and GED Testing Service® are registered trademarks of the American Council on Education (“ACE”)), much about the assessment has changed. For example, the main ‘selling point” as per their website can been seen below.

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The North Carolina Community College page shares that the “GED” is available in all 58 locations. Be sure to refer back to the fact that all 58 locations are tied to the CCSS Machine. (see above). Unlike the HiSet, “GED” is an anywhere, anytime assessment. See:
https://ged.com/how-it-works

Get all the alignment details: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/ccr
Get all the alignment details: http://www.gedtestingservice.com/educators/ccr

The TASC (“Test Assessing Secondary Completion”):

This particular assessment is tied into MacGraw Hill’s CTB arm of assessments as well as the Data Recognition Corporation (DRC). See the links for much more information,
http://www.tasctest.com/about-ctb-for-educators.html
http://www.datarecognitioncorp.com/Pages/News%20Articles/news-3.aspx

Proof of the association can be seen in this screen shot:
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TASC’s position on “Common Core” can be found in this excerpt, “TASC Test Item Types Reflect College and Career Readiness. Field tested and normed in 2013, the TASC test delivers the newest high school equivalency content available. It is aligned to Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) National College and Career Standards for Adult Education, Next Generation Science Standards, and Social Studies national frameworks.

Wait, I didn’t see “Common Core State Standards” in that excerpt. You’re exactly right. Here’s HOW the CCR(College/Career Readiness) and the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) are basically the same thing, “In April 2013, after the TASC test development was initiated, the Office of Vocational and Adult Education (now named the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education) completed a project identifying a subset of the Common Core State Standards most appropriate for adult preparation for college and/or careers and issued its report, “College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education.”  You can access the rest of the document from which the above excerpt was taken when you click on the provided link. It’s an alignment timeline plan from McGraw Hill’s CTB Plan. TASC_Test Transition Plan_Revised_May.11.2015

The NC Memo from the US Dept. of Education which connects the high school equivalency tests to FASFA (post-secondary financial aid) forms can be found at
 http://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/sites/default/files/numbered-memos/cc15-001.pdf

How does that memo tie to the CCSS Machine? The makeover of the FASFA for one, the U.S. Dept. of Education is another, the NC Community College is next.

Not shown in the memo or any of the above is the NC Chamber of Commerce’s involvement in education, but it’s there for sure. It has to be. Why? Simply put, the NC Workforce combines education and businesses.
In Your State:

As you know I use NC as an example for you to see where in your state these CCSS/CTE/CRR ties are. However, here are some articles I have previously published which tie the national organization for Community Colleges, as well as others,  to all this aligned agenda. Please,  use these, share these! The re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act) will be upon us very, very soon! It is meant to be the second part of the re-authorization for education in America. It will directly follow up the re-authorized results of the K-12 education (Every Child Achieves Act/Student Success Act). Why? You cannot have complete education alignment that’s been stated as ‘cradle to career’ without our K-college system being distorted.

Every one of the links below is written from the national level of involvement, not just NC’s.

This ties so many ends of the CCSS Machine/Initiative together: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/sic-em-saturday-using-community-colleges-for-more-core/

This one features some of the current proposed legislative moves in Washington, D.C.:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/may-day-may-day-ccsscte-urgent-news/

This one shows how the high school assessments (GED, SAT, and, others) are being used against us:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/fom-post-secondary-ed-the-ccss-trojan/

My two part “Upskilling” articles pack a ‘one, two punch’:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/wybi-upskilling-america-part-1/
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/07/tech-thursday-upskilling-america-part-2/

The Council for Higher Education (CHEA) and the CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/14/ftf-chea-cte-ccss-and-america/

 


A Parting Thought:

Anti CCSS/CTE Warriors, please note post-secondary education, no matter if it’s community colleges, for profit trade schools, on-line classes or certifications, public or private 4 year schools, every student who enters into them comes from a different educational choice. No education choice will be saved from the CCSS/CCR/CTE agenda as long as the illegally based initiative is allowed to survive. 

 

WYBI: Upskilling America, Part 1

While I was doing some anti CCSS snooping on another subject, I stumbled across the “Workforce Development Institute” (part of the American Association of Community Colleges). Chock full of Common Core aligned Career Tech Education, Career Pathways, Early College, and more. Today’s topic is so deep, I’ll be breaking it to a “Part 1” and “Part 2”.

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From 2015’s Conference:

Held in CA, the 2015 video address below is one you’ll want to view in its entirety. As I normally do when sharing a video, I’ll provide the most noteworthy items. I encourage you to conduct your own research, as your interest into CC Adult Ed might be different from mine. The entire video is just over 1 hour and 20 minutes. It’s the opening plenary session featuring the President of Snap-On Tools. However, there are others who speak before Mr. Snap-On.
To access the video, use this link, the clip is embedded under the caption “Video”.
http://www.aacc.nche.edu/newsevents/Events/wdi/Pages/default.aspx

The Main Points:

1) Video opens with Jen Worth. (Interim Associate Vice President for Workforce and Economic Development) To see the rest of the American Association of Community Colleges staff members: http://www.aacc.nche.edu/About/Pages/staff.aspx

2) Of the 2 long time partners Ms. Worth mentions, Cengage is the CCSS tie for higher education. (I’ll come back to Cengage in Part 2). When Cengage’s representative is introduced, she will express a great admiration for the wonderful working relationship her company has with AACC. As she put it ‘collaboration to change the industry we’re in’.

3) There’s a free giveaway for the latest technology. Watch how the devices are given away. You’ll notice only the community colleges were ‘winners’.

4) President of the American Association of Community Colleges, Dr. Walter Bumphus takes the podium’s microphone about 6:20 into the video. Almost immediately he uses his phrase “Camelot Moment for Community Colleges”. He then tells you where you can find his full address of all that makes 2015 a great time for these post-secondary schools. (I’ll share more about this in Part 2). To summarize his words about Camelot, the attentive focus on community colleges is great because it means not only publicity, but accountability, in the classrooms and in the workforce, both in the USA and internationally.

5) About 11:15 into the video, Dr. Bumphus expresses his view of the U.S. President’s proposal for free community college. He’ll share also, how AACC is in full support of this.

6) Graduation retention rates and ‘the on ramp to the middle class’ comments begin about 12:20.

7) About 12:29, the partnering with the American Association of School Superintendents in support of college and career readiness is revealed (more about this in Part 2). A meeting between the 2 Associations is set for August 2015. In relation to all this: a reference to the Feb. 1-3  Developing & Re-engineering of Education Summit (featuring Gates Foundation funded grant for  Khan Academy to align to CCSS). (*Note: This Summit is mentioned again about 16:32 and runs until about 17:00)

8) Not to be left out of all this: professional development for teachers to keep the ‘leadership pipeline’ in full effect. School leaders should be more like business CEOs; they should be capable of designing and implementing those Career Pathways, stackable credentials. (listen from 14:35 to 15:49 for all this)

9) The Gates Foundation is named as an AACC partner at 16:07.

10) In between the President of AACC and the keynote, Ms. Worth shares that the Workforce Development Institute is more than likely the only professional development for community college leaders. She segways into a short video about a 3D car. (This clip begins about 19:00 and ends near 22:04) As Ms. Worth prepares to introduce Mr. Pinchuk from Snap-On, she stresses Snap-On’s commitment to Career Tech Education and the Workforce training. (*Note: I’ll be sharing more about Snap-On’s CTE/CCSS ties in Part 2.) She also mentions how a rebranding of Career Pathways in education could be better for skilled workers. She’ll also mention Skills USA, National CTE Association (all this ends about 25:30). I’ll be sharing more about how Skills America and the National CTE Association are CSSS aligned in Part 2.

11) Mr. Pinchuk’s remarks will begin near 27:45:

a) He leads off with ‘income gap’ and ‘global competition for jobs’; b) our greatest weapon is technical education; ‘upskilling our workers is THE seminal issue of our time.(*Note: He repeats this point at least 3 times during his speech) and that NOTHING is more important than Career Technical Education; near the 49 minute mark, you’ll hear the ‘differentiation’ and global economy reference again, only this time the urgent need to build up technical education comes with it; ‘the MOST skilled workforce ‘wins’; at 50:00, listen for his statement about CTE possibly being the ONLY thing which saves us from evil!

b) More comments: 50:38 “Community colleges need to realize curriculum needs to match what’s required in the community”; how Community colleges need to embrace P3s (Public, private partnerships); at 51:00: “Schools and education AREN’T about getting a degree, they are about a career that will be rewarded and create pride and dignity”–those are outcome based measurements to use; Community colleges MUST market themselves to reflect all that’s been mentioned thus far; at 57:00, there’s a national calling for enlisting those to serve America via technical careers; at 1:02:16, all the above should be done/upskilling MUST occur BEFORE the corporate tax rate suffers; and about 1:04 into the speech, “American workers are the answer. I believe Career Tech Education and Community colleges are the way to unlock that power.”

c) Before the speech ended about 1:03, Mr. Snap-On questioned those who were in attendance with “Do you believe?” “Can you support a political candidate who backs the upskilling of America vs a current social issue you feel strongly about? Until you can do this, you are not a believer!”

What Are Some Other Things to Listen For?:

Which groups or agencies Mr. Pinchuk believes are the key players in community colleges and career tech education; how he stresses urgency in the importance to align education and workforce; how patriotic he waxes, yet not once is the honor of the U.S. Constitution being upheld mentioned (remember CCSS and all its parts like CTE break the 10th Amendment and 3 federal laws); how the ‘brillance of a few and the efforts of many will deliver us.’ (as in the entire nation); listen for all the historical accounts or books he cites, especially Henry Ford (Ford Foundation is a huge CCSS/CTE supporter and profiteer); be sure to listen for Mr. Pinchuk’s view of why the middle class is shrinking; while “Capital in the 21st Century” is a referenced book in his speech and a snicker or two is offered about how the concept in the book about only a few making a profit, that is exactly what is happening in CCSS! There are a few other key points, but I’ll go into those in Part 2.

The Program:

If you’d like to access the 2015 AACC Workforce Development Institute program, here’s the link:
http://www.aacc.nche.edu/newsevents/Events/wdi/Documents/WDI_2015_Program.pdf

To find out the things AACC is advocating in Washington D.C.:
http://www.aacc.nche.edu/Advocacy/AdvocacyNews/Pages/default.aspx

To see just one of the President of the AACC’s op-eds for “Camelot”:
http://www.the-dispatch.com/article/20150107/NEWS/301079981?p=2&tc=pg&tc=ar

Closing:

Remember, this Thursday’s “Tech Thursday” will complete our look into “Upskilling America”.

Some of the companies here love CTE and Career Pathways.  They also are unabashedly supportive of CC aligned citizens.
Some of the companies here love CTE and Career Pathways. They also are unabashedly supportive of CC aligned citizens.