In continuing to look back at the anti CCSS year so far, today’s article will share the best files I’ve been able to offer you in aiding your battle against Common Core.
In no particular order, here are the ‘files’ most important and worth sharing again.
American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education:
This info packed article from March, 2015 gave you an in-depth look at how aligned to not only Common Core, but, Career and Technical Education this group is. In it you’ll find connections to Pearson Publishing, Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University, and Sage Publishing to name a few pro CCSS supporters. You’ll also have access to the letter the AACTE wrote to Sec. Arne Duncan!
What do the massive data miners AIR (American Institute of Research) and an on-line library have in common? “Pathways to College” , as well as the Alliance for Excellent Education! You might recognize Pathways to College is very similar to those like ‘Career Pathways’, ‘College and Career Pathways’, ‘Career Clusters’, and ‘Career and Technical Education’. Yes, ALL of these names are connected to Common Core. The online library featured in this article from February of this year will also share with you how Horace Mann’s philosophy of education is tied in. You’ll also get to know much more about those high stake assessments, too!
Our Students as Part of the “Talent Supply Pipeline”:
From January, 2015, here’s another article with Linda Darling-Hammond, Career and Technical Education, and what is known as “Adult Common Core”. Yes, you read correctly..’adult CC’. You’ll also note, as I’ve stated many times, that while all 50 states may not of adopted CCSS, ALL 50 states have Workforce training, Career and College Readiness plans. In this article, I shared with you North Carolina’s current status in all this as an example of what to look for in your state; the Adult CC Caucus information on a federal level was also revealed in this published article. There’s lots to delve into the learn all you can about the plans to turn ALL our students (regardless of educational choice or age) into ‘talent supply’ to churn down the CCSS/CTE/CCR (Common Core State Standards/Career and Technical Education/College and Career Readiness) pipeline!
To access the ‘game changer’ article, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/ftf-tuesday-career-readiness-and-data/
The SBA and Common Core:
The discovery of the Small Business Administration and its ties to Common Core, set a few readers and/or followers aback with shock. I shared all kinds of news, findings, and documents back in February 2015. So just how is the SBA tied to the CCSS Machine? Funding initiatives, business ventures, and capital investments. You’ll see pro friendly CCSS corporations like Apple, Intel, and Hewlett-Packard.
Are there aspects about anything related to Common Core you’d like me to investigate to see what files are available? I’d be honored to dive into it for you, if you’d like me to. As you’ve been able to see from each of the articles above, I don’t tell you what to think, I point you to where to look so you can use what you need for your state’s fight in this war against the Core.
I know you recognize CCSS (Common Core State Standards). You probably know that CTE is short for Career Tech Education (which is post-secondary speak for adult CCSS). But, do you what CHEA stands for? Council for Higher Education. This is the group responsible for ensuring that your students attend a post secondary school that is accredited. Meaning the degree they receive (or in CTE’s case, a national certificate) is really worth something. However, I’m digging in to see who’s ensuring the CHEA is worth believing. After all, if they’d aligned with the CCSS Machine, how credible can THEY be?!
As state above, CHEA is short for Council for Higher Education. It is the largest organization of its kind, overseeing more than 3, 000 schools. It is the primary voice to both the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Dept. of Education. It also has an international presence among education circles. It is a primary data resource for other schools and institutions. They have a principle of forcefulness when it comes to advocacy. CHEA is also in clear understanding of existing educational standards; as a results they know what to hold higher learning institutions to as quality education. See all the facts about them: http://www.chea.org/pdf/chea-at-a-glance_2012.pdf
The Higher Ed Guidelines:
It’s important to know just how CHEA judges a school to be worthy of accrediting. After all, your student’s loans and grants will go to these schools. Your students will more than likely be living there. You want to know that the school is a good one. No matter where your student attended their former educational days, when they go off to ANY post-secondary school in today’s America, They face CCSS via Career Pathways, Career Tech Ed, or it’s embedded in those classes that are fundamentally required. Think about all that I’ve shared over the past months about many of the higher ed schools and how they’ve been instrumental in CCSS.
So, does CHEA include CCSS or CCR or CTE in THEIR guidelines? Let’s look. The CHEA website points you to their research and publications on the home page of the website. So, I clicked on the “Guidelines” pdf and was taken immediately to a brightly colored report. Nothing too unusual in that, but it was the tie to the Carnegie Foundation that caught my attention. Carnegie LOVES the CCSS. Grants from Carnegie’s Foundation and the Teagle Foundation made the 2012 report possible. What also caught my eye is that CHEA has the publication, but another organization’s name was cited as authoring it. (see below) We’ll come back to who’s behind the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability later. First, let’s see those guidelines.
From the introduction of the report comes the U.S. government’s agenda right off the bat. Here’s an excerpt, “The U.S. government has made a commitment to lead the world in post secondary degree attainment. This is a necessary and laudable goal that is critical to the economic competitiveness, equal opportunity, and a healthy democracy.…The primary responsibility for assessing and improving student learning falls on (two- and four-year) colleges and universities. Those granting educational credentials must ensure that students have developed the requisite knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes that prepare them for work, life, and responsible citizenship.”
First guideline is ‘ambitious goals’ via outcome based education. I guess seeing the failure of OBE in preK-12th isn’t enough. Secondly: gathering evidence students are learning (fancy talk for data mining). Third goal has to do with using that evidence to steer improvement. How’s this concerning? Improvement isn’t only based on evidence..it’s based on current policies as well. IF the policies are CCSS laden, so’s the improvement. The fourth goal is sharing all that evidence with internal AND external constituents (aka ‘stakeholders’) Lastly, our trust as a public in those higher learning educational places. Along with the Alliance’s Board of Directors, the following organizations fully support these goals and all that goes with them.
“ACPA — College Student Educators International, American Association of Community Colleges, American Association of State Colleges and Universities, American Psychological Association, Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Association of College and Research Libraries, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, Association for Institutional Research, Center for Community College Student Engagement, Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education, Council for Aid to Education, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Council of Independent Colleges, Council of Regional Accrediting, Commissions Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium, Higher Education Research Institute, Institute for Higher Education Policy, John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, Midwestern Higher Education Compact, NASPA — Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, National Survey of Student Engagement, National Advisory Board, New England Resource Center for Higher Education, State Higher Education Executive Officers, and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education”
Board members for the Alliance: Gretchen Bataille Senior Vice President, American Council on Education, Walter Bumphus President and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges, W. Robert Connor Senior Advisor, The Teagle Foundation, Judith Eaton, Chair President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Richard Ekman President, Council of Independent Colleges, Peter Ewell Vice President, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Paul Lingenfelter President, State Higher Education Executive Officers, Sylvia Manning President, The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, David Paris, ex officio Executive Director, New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability, Carol Geary Schneider President, Association of American Colleges and Universities, and David Shulenburger Senior Fellow, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. To access the entire guideline report: http://www.chea.org/pdf/Committing%20to%20Quality.pdf
That Alliance: Earlier I stated we’d look at the New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability. Website: http://www.newleadershipalliance.org/home.html (you’ll need to know that what you see is all there is. There is no ‘about us’ or ‘history’, there’s no list of members of the Alliance, no funding information either. I did find a principles statement from the Allliance on CHEA’s website. I’ll include it here. While there’s no specific mention of CCSS, CCR, CTE, or any other CCSS Machine speak, you’ll really want to read about the basis of this allied group. Not once did I see ‘rigor’, BUT I did see ‘vigor’. Could it be the CCSS Machine has switched to a new buzzword?
Don’t get me wrong, I know higher education is needed. Our students have every right to a free (as in how to live life) and wonderful future. What is grievous is that higher ed, just like all the other types of education are being filtered through the Common Core/Career Tech Ed/Career Pathways/Career Clusters/Workforce agenda.
Oh, the leader of the Alliance (stated above as ‘ex officio Executive Director’) David Paris? From his bio on the American Association of Colleges and Universities (also an Alliance member), he appears to be steeped in modern education reform. He’s even a fan of Horace Mann’s. He’s an expert in political theory and public policy, too. We’ve seen what those 2 entities have done to education. (the complete bio: https://www.aacu.org/contributor/david-paris) As far as the principles document?
(See: http://www.chea.org/pdf/2008.01.30_New_Leadership_Statement.pdf )
CHEA and the Feds:
Here are the links to find out just how deep the CHEA is tied to the U.S. Dept. of Ed. In 2013, a news brief detailing how much money the Dept of Ed. could use to help accreditation changes via CHEA; how more organizations can get in on the student loan game, and what bills they were supporting that stood to change education. (see: http://www.chea.org/Government/FedUpdate/CHEA_FU31.html ) *Note: CHEA and the US Dept. of Ed, TOGETHER set the standards for higher education! CHEA’s funding comes from its member institutions. We know where Dept/Ed gets their funding from.
CHEA and the CTE:
Yes, Career Tech Education is alive and supported via CHEA. Here’s a report showing not only CHEA’s list, but the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s list of organizations for higher ed/career tech: CHEA_USDE_AllAccred
The CHEA Sales Pitch:
Knowing public trust can be used against us is something we’ve seen happen repeatedly in the CCSS world in which we live. Here’s how CHEA sells what it does to those shopping for education in higher institutions.