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Ready, Set, Go!

YOU’RE INVITED:

Who: All anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors
When: Monday, February 13th, 2017, from 9 pm to 11 pm (EST)
Where: Twitter
Hosts: ‘Twitter Rally for Education’ (made up of grass roots folks like us) and PJNET

Details: 

1) This is a hash tag rally NOT a handle rally. What does that mean? It is a Rally to raise awareness NOT to attack or target individuals. Our goal is simple: hold our President accountable for his campaign promise to end CCSS, as well as to hold the new Secretary of Education accountable for working with We the People.

2) We need messages/memes (graphics, screen shots, etc.) as soon as possible. (*Note: We are not trying to get out complicated information. JUST LOTS of TWEETS to express public DEMAND that they Stop Common Core. Please KEEP IT SIMPLE!)
For the Rally to work WELL, our goal is 100 messages/memes. Send them via Twitter, to #KeepYourPromise and #PJNET BEFORE 2/11/17.

3) To find out more information about the “Twitter Rally for Education”:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/211416412659573/?multi_permalinks=212389645895583%2C212039872597227%2C212037525930795&notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1486493523896801

4) Check back over the weekend for updated information about the Rally. An ‘Action Page’ link will be shared with instructions.

5) If the above link does not work, type in “Twitter Rally for Education” in the Facebook search bar. (*Be sure to check back over the weekend for the latest updates!)

6) Other hash tags we’ll be using are, #StopCommonCore; #RepealESSA

 

DeVos Is In, So What’s The Point?

This is not a ‘revenge’ Rally!

Since we must work with Mrs. DeVos, let’s remind her We the People desparately want our students (of all ages) out of CCSS aligned education!

The education reform road has a long and conflicted path. It won’t get fixed overnight. It will not be easy. But, We the Parents CANNOT give up!

Regardless of your like/dislike for Mrs. DeVos, we have to move forward in our War vs the Core. We do not have time to complain.

We must purpose to hold the Adminstration 100% accountable where education is concerned. If they are unwilling to keep their promises, we MUST call them out. We begin, Monday, Feb. 13th in a respectful manner.

Below are some examples:

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A sample message for the above picture: “#KeepYourPromise #StopCommonCore #PJNET #Repeal ESSA: Parents know that aligned edu didn’t work/won’t work w/ ESSA.”
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Sample message for this one: “RepealESSA #StopCommonCore #PJNET #KeepYourPromise: ESSA doesn’t rid USA of CCSS, but YOU can!”
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Sample tweet for this one, “#PJNET #RepealESSA #KeepYourPromise #StopCommonCore:
Parents sick of warn out message. Fed laws/fed funds don’t fix edu; they give control.”
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Sample tweet for this one, “#KeepYourPromise #StopCommonCore #RepealESSA #PJNET:
I am holding DC accountable 4 edu promises 2 end fed ed/give back sovereignty.”

Thanks for joining us in this Rally to raise awareness.

We the People are not giving up on a true quality education free from federal control, national standards or curriculum, and a pack of educrats calling the shots.

 

Lessons Learned

Warriors, late yesterday, America was witness to one of the worst performances of a ‘reality show’ I think we’ve ever seen.

What am I referring to? The ‘reality show’ was the DeVos Hearing ‘produced’ by the U.S. Senate HELP Committee. Almost completely ‘directed’ under the leadership of Sen. Lamar Alexander. Rather than seeing ‘contestants’ voted off one by one, we saw how Alexander manipulated the clock.

I’m not about to recap the entire debacle, there is plenty of evidence out there. There are also several anti Fed Ed Warrior reactions already published, too. Most of the anti Fed Ed Warrior articles I’ve seen have suggested we spare ourselves watching the ‘reality show’.
So, instead, let’s look at Mrs. DeVos’ ‘script’ for Hearing.

The Lessons We Can Learn From DeVos’ ‘Script’:

If you’d like a copy of her testimony (aka ‘script’) from the Hearing, visit: 
http://www.help.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/DeVos.pdf

Lesson #1: Knowing your stance is an absolute requirement in leadership.
“I am honored that President-elect Trump asked me to join his team and am grateful for his dedication to education. If confirmed, I look forward to working with him, Vice President-elect Pence and all of you to bring educational opportunity to every family in this great nation.”

Why this is a lesson. First off, when contacted by concerned citizens and leaders from across America, President-elect Trump shut them down and ignored their voices. In spite of credible fact based evidence as to why DeVos was a horrid choice, Trump was unrelenting. As far as his knowledge on education in America?  Go back and look at his campaign.

Secondly, Trump has set Americans up to continue ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)/WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act)/HEA (Higher Education Act*) aligned education! Sure he said he’d rid the land of ‘Common Core’, but when you factor in his Vice Presidential choice (Pence) is one of the American ‘champions’ for Career Tech Education (CTE), otherwise known as ‘adult Common Core’ and geared for 100% workforce based education, Trump gave us a HUGE clue as to the agenda’s grinding on; not stopping, like he promised! Like most politicians in D.C., Trump appears to be fairly clueless when it comes to how far reaching the Common Core reform is.
(*HEA of 2008 is currently up for rewriting. At the helm? Sen. Lamar Alexander.)

Lesson #2: Correctly identifying your groups is a sign of a great leader.
“The schools in which they (teachers) work are as diverse as the students they educate. In fact, all of us here – and our children – have attended a mix of traditional publicly-funded and private schools. This is a reflection of the diversity that is today’s American public education.”

Why this is a lesson: If you’re going to make the statement that we are diverse in education, don’t lump those differences into one group, specifically, ‘American public education’! The better statement would be to honor all that diversity with ‘reflecting this is today’s American education.’

Lesson #3: Parental choice is from the heart. Establishment’s choice is ‘no choice’.
“I share President-elect Trump’s view that it’s time to shift the debate from what the system thinks is best for kids to what moms and dads want, expect and deserve. Parents no longer believe that a one-size-fits-all model of learning meets the needs of every child, and they know other options exist, whether magnet, virtual, charter, home, religious, or any combination thereof.” Before I get to the point we need to recognize, DeVos does go on to state that too many are denied ‘true choice’ in these options.

Why this is a lesson: First off, I don’t know any parent who isn’t getting the opportunity to be their BEST child’s advocate when it comes to choosing education. We either do it or we don’t. It’s really that simple. However, I do see many CCSS Machine members and educrats  telling US we NEED ‘choice’ and that our tax dollars will pay for it all, too!

Secondly, ANYTIME your tax dollars are dangled in front of you as a ‘opportunity’, those holding your tax dollars will have control of those opportunities in the long run. The ‘choice’ is a false positive.  It’s happened repeatedly down through history. Warriors, our system hasn’t changed in this aspect and it WON’T!

Lesson #4: ESSA and all its connected federal laws aren’t going away.
Every parent in America dreams of a future when their children have access to schools with the rigor, challenges, and safe environments that successfully prepare them for a brighter, more hopeful tomorrow. And every teacher in America dreams of breaking free from standardization, so that they can deploy their unique creativity and innovate with their students. Our nation’s schools are filled with talented, devoted professionals,  who successfully meet the needs of many, many children.”

Why this is a lesson: Look at the ESSA code words (which are also code words for Common Core; College and Career Readiness; Career Tech Education): “rigor”; “standardization”; and, “professional development”. Every one of these is embedded in ESSA! If they are not a direct mandate, they are part of the ‘accountability measures’ each State will have to perform to satisfy the Secretary of Education AND to receive federal funding.

Lesson #5: If you’ve heard one educratic leader, you’ve heard them all.
“For starters, we need to embrace new pathways of learning. For too long a college degree has been pushed as the only avenue for a better life. The old and expensive brick-mortar-and-ivy model is not the only one that will lead to a prosperous future. Craftsmanship is not a fallback – but a noble pursuit. Students should make informed choices about what type of education they want to pursue post high school and have access to high quality options. President-elect Trump and I agree we need to support all post-secondary avenues, including trade and vocational schools, and community colleges. Of course, on every one of these issues, Congress will play a vital role.”

Why this is a lesson: We’ve heard these words spoken by so many preceding DeVos, we can spot the load of educratic B.S. a mile away! I guess we are to be impressed that these words are now being spewed by a mom and a grandma as opposed to the Duncan/King duo of educrats. Trouble is students are NOT making THEIR own decisions about their futures after high school when a requirement of graduation is the skill based assessments used to determine not only your future AFTER high school BUT what courses you must take to get there!

If you aren’t in an educational choice where this happens at the moment, thanks to ESSA, you will be seeing it soon. Why? Because ALL education/teaching MUST be conformed to post-secondary readiness AND its assessments! Currently, those is non public education get these skill based assessments in the post-secondary institutions, especially community colleges. Thanks to WIOA and HEA, ALL educational choices beyond high school age, are already 100% aligned to the adult Common Core/College and Career Readiness. So, what the DeVos/Trump/Pence trio is telling us is that they will continue this shift!

Lesson #6: Status Quo education? Yes, please!
We will work together to ensure the Every Student Succeeds Act is implemented as Congress intended — with local communities freed from burdensome regulations from Washington. And I look forward to working with Congress and all stakeholders to reauthorize the Higher Education Act to meet the needs of today’s college students.”

Why this is a lesson: DeVos makes a great Alexander puppet, don’t you think? Sen. Alexander has uttered those exact words (ensuring ESSA implemented as written/passed) on several occasions. Optional delivery make find him pounding his fists on a podium for effective bullying, however. If we’ve heard these words before, we have a big clue as to what to prepare for, don’t we? ESSA has been proven to lie about the State control being restored, among other points of importance. Does D.C. assume we, as Warriors, are too inept to notice all the recycled speeches?!

Words of Waring, Warriors! No matter who is the Secretary of Education, they oversee ALL educational groups: birth to Kindergarten; 1st grade through 12th grade; and, post-secondary institutions. If you’re educational choice isn’t directly under the thumb of this leader, you’re being kept tabs on (data collection).
The Secretary also directly works with the U.S. Dept. of Labor for the streamlined workforce based education. The Secretary also works with the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services for the streamlined social justice agenda shift in education.

No matter who becomes the Secretary of Education, knowing all the Common Core/Career Tech Bills currently in Congress, if passed, will be terrible for education in America! Especially the LADDER Act. Basically it creates a new Executive branch, independent Council (of which the U.S. Secretary of Ed (or their appointee) will have a seat on this Council! The Council’s purpose? A National Workforce/Education Plan!

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S.O.S Assessments, Pt. 2

A couple of days ago, Warriors, I shared some news about the ESSA assessments.
Today’s article will give you some of the information and research you need to know in order to understand the name game that the CCSS Machine is playing with us.

A Hidden “Gem”:

Where we left off:  U.S. PIE and their team’s worthy efforts of exposing the deceptions surrounding the innovative moves in the works for testing our students.

Among some of the evidence revealed by that team of volunteer parents for U.S. PIE, was the use of the word ‘modular’ in the language describing the ‘innovations’ ESSA’s assessments are bringing us.
From page 6 of the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Assessment document proposing all the assessment changes (http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/nprmassessementfedreg1b.pdf)

“We also note that, under part A of title I of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA, States have the flexibility to use computer-adaptive statewide assessments, to administer a single summative statewide assessment, or to offer multiple statewide interim assessments during the course of the academic year that result in a single summative score and provides valid, reliable, and transparent information on student achievement (e.g., modular assessments).”
I urge you, if you haven’t seen this document, to read it. While the excerpt sounds like States will have some choices, they won’t.

Here are some synonyms for ‘modular’, see if you recognize any of them from CCSS Machine propaganda.

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2010, An International Paper by ‘Educrats’:

Here’s a screen shot of the 7 page paper, notice the word ‘flexible’ in context with assessments. Notice the international influences for education.

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So why did I use the word ‘educrat’ to describe the authors?

Prof. AL-Smadi is a “Google Scholar”. As we know, Google’s a huge CCSS Machine member organization.Visit his “Google Scholar” page and you’ll see tons of works/studies on assessments for students. (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=im_3CvwAAAAJ) Now, simply being a “Google Scholar” doesn’t make this professor an educrat. No, in my research, when folks willingly and knowingly work for or promote any part of the CCSS Machine, that qualifies them.

So, what else has Prof. AL_Smadi participated in? “Learning Layers”, a global career-clusters-like project. ‘Career Clusters’, by the way are a part of the CCSS Machine for students of all ages. It’s also a “7th Framework Programme”. What is blue blazes is THAT?!
“7th Framework Programme” was a part of the European Commission. CORDIS is where old “7th Framework Programme” projects are archived. (See: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/)

So, what’s the big deal? The Learning Layers project the Professor worked with is responsible for the “Learning Toolbox”. What’s the “Learning Toolbox”? A work-based education tool. See the “Learning Layers” blog: http://learning-layers.eu/news/

Now, Warriors, try an internet search on your own for ‘learning toolboxes’. See my example below,

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Then, try a search for ‘digital learning toolboxes’. You’ll be sadly amazed.

What about the other professors? Prof. Guelt is also a cited Google Scholar. He, too, is deep into ‘adaptive’ assessments. See his Google Scholar page:
https://scholar.google.at/citations?user=NoAiKpcAAAAJ&hl=en
Prof. Guelt is also involved in Global Education/Learning, especially for engineering. See his website: http://www.iicm.tugraz.at/guetl

The last professor, Prof. Kannan, is a Google Scholar, too! His Google Scholar page:
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=1nkvdhMAAAAJ&hl=en
His expertise is in data mining and human-to-computer-interaction. See:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rajkumar_Kannan3

The 7 page paper these 3 Scholars wrote discussed why 21st Century assessments via computer (e-assessing) was (is) such a promising field.

If you noticed in the screen shot of their work, ‘modular assessments’ was used. If you read the rest of the paper, you’ll see the separate domains of effectiveness, the alignment of the education and/or assessment standards to be used in these electronic tests, and MORE. http://www.ijcaonline.org/journal/number9/pxc387342.pdf

 

**If you still unsure how ‘modular assessing’ works, this simple definition for modular assessing, “A modular course is defined as a part of the main course that can stand alone. The topics are related and when combined with all other parts, become the entire course. Modular courses may not exist without the main course. Some modules may be self-paced. Classes may be offered as faculty lectures, on Web, using CDs, on campus, off campus, or a combination of all of the above with an exam at the end of each module. Modular courses run full term; modules may or may not run full term.”
I found this on the Oregon State University website,
http://newdesigns.oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/apaa/modular-courses

**Remember, ESSA’s language mandates that all education, including assessments, must be streamlined to post-secondary readiness; that standards be aligned to what higher ed uses, SO by using ‘modular assessments’, it is easier to force alignment in testing/teaching.

 


A Stop in Cambridge:

From a report that appears to be from 2011,

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Why pay attention to Cambridge’s findings?! Consider the global shift in education. Wherever education is, assessments will also be! Consider the American demise of shifting from one type of harmful assessing to another type.

What is interesting is that Cambridge found different students need different assessments. To see the 2005 Cambridge study of the Effects of Modularized Assessing:
http://www.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/Images/122773-effects-of-modularisation.pdf

So, how does ESSA propose to improve testing?!  “Innovative assessments”. The ‘innovation’, however, is MORE e-assessing, MORE data mining. How? Modular testing systems!

 

Warriors, if you aren’t sure how the international information ties into ESSA, see below:

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Remember, those experts above have been working non-stop (so have scores of other CCSS Machine members) to make sure those modular assessments fit the requirements. Shamefully, Congress, the CCSS Machine, and others made sure this shift was embedded in ESSA.

Heading to New York:

By this time, I was gasping at all that was unfolding before my eyes. But, there’s more…. somehow in searching, this kept popping up: EngageNY. What you see below is a small sample of modular assessing.

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If you would like to see the entire one page document for more modular/digital mess:
https://www.engageny.org/resource/driven-by-data-data-driven-implementation-rubric/file/196
According to EngageNY, the source for the rubric is “Paul Bambrick-Santoyo’s Driven By Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction”.
This link will show you how many assessments schedules and resources are already in place for the modular/digital ‘innovative upgrades’:
https://www.engageny.org/resource/data-driven-instruction-sample-assessments-and-resources
**Consider this, while the schedules already in place are dated, they will only increase via ESSA, NOT decrease. You can be sure that Paul Bambrick-Santoyo and many others like him have already been tagged by the CCSS Machine to help with the innovative/modular assessing ESSA will deliver.

Who the heck is Bambrick-Santoyo anyway?! He’s with “UnCommon Schools”. But, that’s not all:

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To see the Uncommon Schools website: http://www.uncommonschools.org/
To see the Relay/Leverage partners: http://www.relay.edu/about/partners

If you’d like to see Bambrick-Santoyo’s work for data mining, etc. I found his research at the University of IL. Just wait until you see the collection of research for digital assessments UofIL has.
See: http://education.illinoisstate.edu/search/?site=isu_collection&client=default_frontend&clientID=COE&as_sitesearch=education.illinoisstate.edu&output=xml_no_dtd&filter=p&oe=UTF8&q=data%20improve

While Bambrick-Santoyo didn’t contribute to this ESSA paper, you need to get this one. It is detailing the focus ESSA will put on school leaders, especially principals. Be sure to read it all, including the footnotes.
http://education.illinoisstate.edu/downloads/csep/policypapers/ESSA%20White%20Pape.pdf

Related information:
The CA CORE Districts data driven assessment/modular information (circa 2013):
http://coredistricts.org/our-work/standards-and-data-assessments/
If you want to see how they are stepping in line with ESSA:
http://coredistricts.org/category/news-room/in-the-news/

The latest on modular/digital assessing and ESSA from Learning Forward:
https://learningforward.org/docs/default-source/pdf/leveraging-essa-for-effective-pl-systems.pdf?sfvrsn=2

How classroom data could be used against those assessed:
https://www.mathematica-mpr.com/commentary/to-do-essa-accountability-right-focus-on-classrooms-not-just-schools

From Data Quality Campaign (a huge CCSS Machine member organization), their ‘feel good’ data mining video:

Closing:

If you haven’t contacted the U.S. Congress yet, please do! ESSA’s innovation is the ruin of our nation. Join the U.S. PIE’s Twitter Rally set for 9/12/16, from 7 pm to 9pm. Here’s the link: http://patriotjournalist.com/RTTT2Action.php?v=0&src=Schedule

Bonus: you can tweet anytime! Each tweet goes to the Congress by Chambers AND by ed/workforce committees!