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Another Freedom Sets Sail

Remember when Secretary DeVos confirmed private and home-schools receiving money from government choice programs WILL be required to follow federal regulations?

Again Warriors please share this popular and important Diva post, “Waving Choice Goodbye“, which reveals the real goal of school choice.  Diva reminds us the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) reads … “ALL education must be aligned to post-secondary readiness as laid out in WIOA.”   This removes ANY educational choice. in that it must be taught by credentialed teachers / software, curriculum must be aligned and require assessments for accountability.

~ posted by MK for the Diva


Waving Choice Goodbye

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, you’ve heard me tell you time and time again that ‘school choice’ is a fallacy. The culprit is the CCSS Machine.
The tools used to ruin ‘school choice’ are WIOA, ESSA, HEA, and other top-down federal laws. (WIOA is Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, 2014; ESSA is Every Student Succeeds Act, 2015; and, HEA is the Higher Education Act, 2008 and up for re-authorization very soon).

Warriors, the fact of the matter is ‘school choice’ is really more about “personal choice”.

However, ESSA killed that choice with it’s mandate that ALL education be aligned to the post-secondary readiness standards of WIOA.
essagoal

So, in essence, at least in education; that simple line from the 1965 Dr. Zhivago movie (fiction) has become our reality:

                “All personal choice is dead.”

drz

As we know, much of the CCSS Machine’s design uses education as the ‘change agent’ to alter our lives.
We know the control is meant for cradle to grave and encompasses where you’ll work. That’s why students of all ages are being pumped through the CCSS’s College and Career Readiness or the CCSS’s Career Tech Education or the (United Nation’s) UN’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
It’s to force our students (and eventually the rest of us) into a controlled nanny-state. (Also very present in the fictional account of Dr. Zhivago)

You may wonder why I included the UN in connection to the CCSS Machine. First, Berit Kjos and many others (myself included) have traced the Common Core State Standards back to the UN, so the UN is part of the Machine.
However, STEM is the UN’s special change agent to usher in the Agenda 2030. How?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of the A2030 and SDGs, where we live and where we work will be determined for us, largely through education and what career track we’ve been trained for (or re-trained for).
This is pure confinement for us as Americans; not the free people we were Constitutionally guaranteed, Warriors.

Contrast it to any movie like Dr. Zhivago and you’ll get a fair idea of how awful this direction is for Americans.

Since ESSA mandated WIOA in PreK through 12 grades (as well as tie it to the HEA for colleges and trade schools), how is the government helping all this come to fruition?

dressa

What Are Waivers? How Do They Kill Choice?

If you’re not sure what a waiver is in the realm of federal education, it was supposed to be a tool given to States and school districts to offer flexibility in how federal funds could be used to offer ‘quality’ education.
Sounds great, right? Especially with the CCSS Machine hype and lies about States being able to get their right to control education BACK when ESSA was made into law.

ESSA, by embedding WIOA, embedded funds for workforce. Likewise the WIOA waivers will embed education, not for academics, but competency based education (CBE).
CBE is CCSS, too.

CBE is woven into ESSA, WIOA, and the HEA…on purpose. It’s the shift from reading, writing, and arithmetic to poorly skilled labor force.

Warriors, think back to those Race to the Top Education Waivers or the ESSA Flexibility Waivers? Have you really seen any improvement in education? Have you really seen any removal of federal control or a distinct freedom your district or State didn’t have before?

There’s been none, because the Waivers are a deceptive move for MORE federal control to implant MORE shifting of education away from what we’ve known to what the global workforce needs: laborers. Our U.S. Constitution puts it another way, ‘indentured servants’. (Which by the way was also prohibited later on in the Constitution!)

wioaalign

WIOA Waivers Kill Personal Choice, Too:

wioawaive
(Source)

According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, States were given a sense of freedom in how their Waivers were used, as long as they were used to improve job seeking systems for better employer ‘outcomes’.
Warriors, hang on before we go any further.

Let’s review a few flies in this ointment.
a) Since ESSA has embedded WIOA, the ‘job seeking’ is happening as young as 2nd grade in some States. The ‘job seeking’ is also found outside traditional public schools via dual enrollment, fast tracking career systems like apprenticeships, internships, early career or college schools, etc. ALL this impacts every ‘school choice’, including homeschools.
**It’s not so much the student seeking a job, as it is the job is seeking the student, before the student is capable!

b) As far as ’employer outcomes’, since WIOA, HEA, and, ESSA embedded P3s (public private partnerships) we’ve seen an insane increase in how much the corporate employer ‘needs’ have ruined academics. We’ve seen businesses with zero educational training usurp teachers for their purposes.
**States are allowing this to happen every day they receive ANY type of federal funding or P3 funding!

c) The WQDI (Workforce Quality Data Initiative) is ‘married’ to the SLDS (Student Longitudinal Data System) FOR one purpose: aligned education for workforce needs. Regardless of what school (even homeschoolers) are in this system already or become a part of the system as soon as they participate in any of ‘a’ (above).
**Being a free nation, this type of data tracking is not only illegal, it’s ‘data rape’!

Warriors, as far as the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s information, WIOA Waivers aren’t so much needed now, as they were codified when WIOA was passed into law (2014). However, much like the State Plans for ESSA which needed to be submitted to the Sec. of Education (DeVos), the State Plans for WIOA are still in use (2019). These Plans are called WIOA Unified or Combined State Plans and must be submitted to the Sec. of Labor.
**By submission of those Plans, States gave full access to the federal government as far as data.

These State Plans? We, the People, can access them on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s website! Look below at the way I found this out:

I thought by clicking a phrase on the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s website, I’d be taken to another Labor page:
labor2ed1
This is where I was taken next:

labor2ed2
Followed by this ‘surprise’:

labor2ed3
(Source)

According to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s page I found this on, almost every State has a plan which has been approved by the feds. No State’s able to make its own plan for its own people or by those taxpayers. It’s all been run through the globally led workforce needs based system of control. The only States without an approved WIOA State Plan are TN, MI, MA, NE, and VA. The only U.S. Territory without one is the Virgin Islands.

I urge you to look at your State Plan. If you have none, let’s use NC’s as an example of what you’ll find that kills personal choice in education.

a) The NC Plan is 399 pages long and is dated FY 2018. NC elected to go with a “Unified” Plan which means all the alignment will come from every possible agency, program, and, angle. Those most targeted? “Under-served populations” including youth.

b) Page 3 shows the 6 ‘cores’ of WIOA. These ‘cores’ cover all age groups and population types. You’ll also find ‘partner’ programs will hinge off these 6 ‘cores’.

c) Page 4 shows the partners. In education, CTE (Career Tech Ed) covers all ages/choices; federal-to-state funding streams for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and Community Block Grants are also intersecting with education; Veterans funding will also be involved.

d) Page 7 reveals the industry specific economic targets for the State. Somehow, this is going to bring prosperity to every North Carolinian citizen. How, those “Prosperity Zones (PZs)”
I’ve researched and shown you before. These Zones were legislatively created and embedded 2014 and 2015 (respectively). When I last wrote about the PZs it was 2018. You’ll see just how eerily deceptive these Zones are and how easily the globalization of a barely educated workforce lurks underneath.

e) Pages 11 and 12 will show you all kinds of figures on job growth per industry. Page 13 reveals that employers are ‘bullish’ on growing jobs. Warriors, we’ve seen their ‘bull’ long enough and how it’s ruining our children. On the pages which follow, you’ll see lots of CCSS Machine organizations and phrases used to create the false narrative that a) there’s a skills gap and b) the only way to fix it is via aligned education/training. For more on ‘a’ and ‘b’, go here.

p24NCplan
f) Near Page 25, you’ll see the Governor of NC mentioned. His plan combines education directly with skills. Warriors, did you know that when WIOA was passed in 2014, the increase in power given to the office of governor greatly increased? Thereby weakening taxpayers voices yet again. Many of the programs Gov. Cooper is using were already laid out before him. That he’s extending and adding to them, let’s us know regardless of politics, the global workforce/kill personal choice is alive and well.

Lastly, every bit of what’s contained in the NC Plan and others will unite data to kill personal choice in what you learn, where you work, and lots more.

Look below and see how ‘far’ we’ve come. See much ‘personal choice’? I don’t.

sdscans

Closing:

Warriors, I hope you can see how little our personal freedoms mean to our federal government. I hope you can see how little choice you really have when it comes to ‘education’.

 

 

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Waving Choice Goodbye

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, you’ve heard me tell you time and time again that ‘school choice’ is a fallacy. The culprit is the CCSS Machine.
The tools used to ruin ‘school choice’ are WIOA, ESSA, HEA, and other top-down federal laws. (WIOA is Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, 2014; ESSA is Every Student Succeeds Act, 2015; and, HEA is the Higher Education Act, 2008 and up for re-authorization very soon).

Warriors, the fact of the matter is ‘school choice’ is really more about “personal choice”.

However, ESSA killed that choice with it’s mandate that ALL education be aligned to the post-secondary readiness standards of WIOA.
essagoal

So, in essence, at least in education; that simple line from the 1965 Dr. Zhivago movie (fiction) has become our reality:

                “All personal choice is dead.”

drz

As we know, much of the CCSS Machine’s design uses education as the ‘change agent’ to alter our lives.
We know the control is meant for cradle to grave and encompasses where you’ll work. That’s why students of all ages are being pumped through the CCSS’s College and Career Readiness or the CCSS’s Career Tech Education or the (United Nation’s) UN’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
It’s to force our students (and eventually the rest of us) into a controlled nanny-state. (Also very present in the fictional account of Dr. Zhivago)

You may wonder why I included the UN in connection to the CCSS Machine. First, Berit Kjos and many others (myself included) have traced the Common Core State Standards back to the UN, so the UN is part of the Machine.
However, STEM is the UN’s special change agent to usher in the Agenda 2030. How?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As part of the A2030 and SDGs, where we live and where we work will be determined for us, largely through education and what career track we’ve been trained for (or re-trained for).
This is pure confinement for us as Americans; not the free people we were Constitutionally guaranteed, Warriors.

Contrast it to any movie like Dr. Zhivago and you’ll get a fair idea of how awful this direction is for Americans.

Since ESSA mandated WIOA in PreK through 12 grades (as well as tie it to the HEA for colleges and trade schools), how is the government helping all this come to fruition?

dressa

What Are Waivers? How Do They Kill Choice?

If you’re not sure what a waiver is in the realm of federal education, it was supposed to be a tool given to States and school districts to offer flexibility in how federal funds could be used to offer ‘quality’ education.
Sounds great, right? Especially with the CCSS Machine hype and lies about States being able to get their right to control education BACK when ESSA was made into law.

ESSA, by embedding WIOA, embedded funds for workforce. Likewise the WIOA waivers will embed education, not for academics, but competency based education (CBE).
CBE is CCSS, too.

CBE is woven into ESSA, WIOA, and the HEA…on purpose. It’s the shift from reading, writing, and arithmetic to poorly skilled labor force.

Warriors, think back to those Race to the Top Education Waivers or the ESSA Flexibility Waivers? Have you really seen any improvement in education? Have you really seen any removal of federal control or a distinct freedom your district or State didn’t have before?

There’s been none, because the Waivers are a deceptive move for MORE federal control to implant MORE shifting of education away from what we’ve known to what the global workforce needs: laborers. Our U.S. Constitution puts it another way, ‘indentured servants’. (Which by the way was also prohibited later on in the Constitution!)

wioaalign

WIOA Waivers Kill Personal Choice, Too:

wioawaive
(Source)

According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, States were given a sense of freedom in how their Waivers were used, as long as they were used to improve job seeking systems for better employer ‘outcomes’.
Warriors, hang on before we go any further.

Let’s review a few flies in this ointment.
a) Since ESSA has embedded WIOA, the ‘job seeking’ is happening as young as 2nd grade in some States. The ‘job seeking’ is also found outside traditional public schools via dual enrollment, fast tracking career systems like apprenticeships, internships, early career or college schools, etc. ALL this impacts every ‘school choice’, including homeschools.
**It’s not so much the student seeking a job, as it is the job is seeking the student, before the student is capable!

b) As far as ’employer outcomes’, since WIOA, HEA, and, ESSA embedded P3s (public private partnerships) we’ve seen an insane increase in how much the corporate employer ‘needs’ have ruined academics. We’ve seen businesses with zero educational training usurp teachers for their purposes.
**States are allowing this to happen every day they receive ANY type of federal funding or P3 funding!

c) The WQDI (Workforce Quality Data Initiative) is ‘married’ to the SLDS (Student Longitudinal Data System) FOR one purpose: aligned education for workforce needs. Regardless of what school (even homeschoolers) are in this system already or become a part of the system as soon as they participate in any of ‘a’ (above).
**Being a free nation, this type of data tracking is not only illegal, it’s ‘data rape’!

Warriors, as far as the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s information, WIOA Waivers aren’t so much needed now, as they were codified when WIOA was passed into law (2014). However, much like the State Plans for ESSA which needed to be submitted to the Sec. of Education (DeVos), the State Plans for WIOA are still in use (2019). These Plans are called WIOA Unified or Combined State Plans and must be submitted to the Sec. of Labor.
**By submission of those Plans, States gave full access to the federal government as far as data.

These State Plans? We, the People, can access them on the U.S. Dept. of Education’s website! Look below at the way I found this out:

I thought by clicking a phrase on the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s website, I’d be taken to another Labor page:
labor2ed1
This is where I was taken next:

labor2ed2
Followed by this ‘surprise’:

labor2ed3
(Source)

According to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s page I found this on, almost every State has a plan which has been approved by the feds. No State’s able to make its own plan for its own people or by those taxpayers. It’s all been run through the globally led workforce needs based system of control. The only States without an approved WIOA State Plan are TN, MI, MA, NE, and VA. The only U.S. Territory without one is the Virgin Islands.

I urge you to look at your State Plan. If you have none, let’s use NC’s as an example of what you’ll find that kills personal choice in education.

a) The NC Plan is 399 pages long and is dated FY 2018. NC elected to go with a “Unified” Plan which means all the alignment will come from every possible agency, program, and, angle. Those most targeted? “Under-served populations” including youth.

b) Page 3 shows the 6 ‘cores’ of WIOA. These ‘cores’ cover all age groups and population types. You’ll also find ‘partner’ programs will hinge off these 6 ‘cores’.

c) Page 4 shows the partners. In education, CTE (Career Tech Ed) covers all ages/choices; federal-to-state funding streams for TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and Community Block Grants are also intersecting with education; Veterans funding will also be involved.

d) Page 7 reveals the industry specific economic targets for the State. Somehow, this is going to bring prosperity to every North Carolinian citizen. How, those “Prosperity Zones (PZs)”
I’ve researched and shown you before. These Zones were legislatively created and embedded 2014 and 2015 (respectively). When I last wrote about the PZs it was 2018. You’ll see just how eerily deceptive these Zones are and how easily the globalization of a barely educated workforce lurks underneath.

e) Pages 11 and 12 will show you all kinds of figures on job growth per industry. Page 13 reveals that employers are ‘bullish’ on growing jobs. Warriors, we’ve seen their ‘bull’ long enough and how it’s ruining our children. On the pages which follow, you’ll see lots of CCSS Machine organizations and phrases used to create the false narrative that a) there’s a skills gap and b) the only way to fix it is via aligned education/training. For more on ‘a’ and ‘b’, go here.

p24NCplan
f) Near Page 25, you’ll see the Governor of NC mentioned. His plan combines education directly with skills. Warriors, did you know that when WIOA was passed in 2014, the increase in power given to the office of governor greatly increased? Thereby weakening taxpayers voices yet again. Many of the programs Gov. Cooper is using were already laid out before him. That he’s extending and adding to them, let’s us know regardless of politics, the global workforce/kill personal choice is alive and well.

Lastly, every bit of what’s contained in the NC Plan and others will unite data to kill personal choice in what you learn, where you work, and lots more.

Look below and see how ‘far’ we’ve come. See much ‘personal choice’? I don’t.

sdscans

Closing:

Warriors, I hope you can see how little our personal freedoms mean to our federal government. I hope you can see how little choice you really have when it comes to ‘education’.


“Conformity Readiness”

conformready
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:
NCCCR
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!

ccrcirca2010

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
FlexCCR

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: “Create”, “Jcsee”, and the rest of the gang

I only recently heard of “CREATE” and if I’d not really been paying attention, I would of just glossed over it. However, knowing the Common Core Machine has so many overreaching parts, it’s worth a look.

What most pro CCSS groups would like us to look like and believe.
What most pro CCSS groups would like us to look like and believe.

CREATE:

The acronym for “Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness”.  Their goals? Improving student outcomes aka ‘student learning, development, and achievement in PK-12 schools, institutes of higher education, and other educational settings.

The group is a members only, with paid dues, elected officers, and this year, a more global agenda. They are a part of the JCSEE (Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation).

The current  President of the CREATE team is a professor from Australia who recently spent much time here in NC, at least according to his letter to the rest of the group. See this excerpt from the 2014 newsletter, “We all are part of many organizations that overlap in interest. We hope that CREATE provides you a place to continue to evolve your teaching, professional development and/or research around classroom and school effectiveness.
My last few years in North Carolina and Louisiana have demonstrated to me that
we have some work to do to help those who make the policy decisions about
what works for learning and to “get” what research-based best practice is. As
the Common Core evolves it may be neither if we don’t use the knowledge base
to guide us.”  Access the entire letter by clicking: http://nebula.wsimg.com/44c8325e0a574501948b41c5f59f5850?AccessKeyId=CB845348BE9F79999C38&disposition=0&alloworigin=1 NOTE: to access even more archived CREATE newsletter issues,
http://www.createconference.org/publications.html

Where I found JCSEE and CREATE connecting:

 From a 2010 CREATE newsletter, the following excerpt: “CREATE has offered invaluable networking opportunities to professionals across the country since its inception over two decades ago. It continues in that tradition. CREATE, as a member organization of the Joint Committee for Standards in Educational Evaluation (JCSEE), involves its membership directly in the important work of development and revision of three sets of standards issued by the JCSEE – student, personnel, and program. This year, the emphasis will be on the revision of the current Student Evaluation Standards. A core Task Force of writers representing the United States and Canada has begun the arduous task of totally revising the standards for student evaluation to reflect more appropriately the process of assessment of student learning by teachers in the classroom. Rather than tweaking current standards, this Task Force considered radical changes to the format, language, and audience of these standards.”

JCSEE on its own:

Begun in 1975, it is currently housed in the University of Iowa’s Center of Evaluation and Assessment (ever hear of the Iowa Basic Skills Test or the ACT? They both were created at the University of Iowa, but that’s another article altogether). Among JCSEE’s sponsors are CREATE, the NEA, the CCSSO, the National School Boards Association and many others, including some from Canada. (see the entire list: http://www.jcsee.org/sponsoring-organizations) Considering the JCSEE has these known pro CCSS supporters AND that is is accredited by the ANSI (American National Standards Institute). JCSEE’s sponsors are those organizations which align with the vision, work, and standards set. See the latest operational guide, complete with how educational standards are set, which groups get to decide, etc. Operating-Procedures-May-1-2014-fnl

Since assessments are SO vital to the existence of the flexibility waivers up for renewal, the SBAC, PARCC, and other CCSS related components, we REALLY need to look into the next website page, that of the How the Assessment Standards are presented in a free form (but know they really want you to buy the complete book), http://www.jcsee.org/program-evaluation-standards-statements

Two other related groups to CREATE:

First, “Learning Forward”, “The Professional Learning Association.” Their Common Core Publications List is quite large, so I’ve given you the link to the entire page where you can see the state workbooks. Most of their Policy briefs are titled “Meet the Promise..”. See for yourselves, http://learningforward.org/publications/implementing-common-core#.VHyjjzHF-hQ 

You might find it interesting that “LF” was begun in 1969 as a way for school staff developers to connect. You’ll also want to note that Linda Darling-Hammond is among the National Advisors. (Does anyone need a reminder of how into CCSS she is?)

Then, there’s “AERA”, The American Educational Research Association(http://www.aera.net/). They’ve been around since 1916 and are “concerned with improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and evaluation and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results.  AERA’s more than 25,000 members are faculty, researchers, graduate students, and other distinguished professionals with rich and diverse expertise in education research. They work in a range of settings from universities and other academic institutions to research institutes, federal and state agencies, school systems, testing companies, and nonprofit organizations. Based on their research, they produce and disseminate knowledge, refine methods and measures, and stimulate translation and practical application of research results. AERA is international in scope.  Nearly 5% of members, representing over 85 countries, reside outside the United States. Over 28% of AERA members are studentsapproximately 6,500 graduate students and 600 undergraduate students. Over 74% of AERA members report that education is their primary discipline. Other disciplines represented by AERA members include psychology, statistics, sociology, history, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and political science.”

You’ll want to note that not only does this organization have a finger on education matters, but government AND social justice. They are working with the National Science Foundation as well (huge funders for CCSS, STEM, and other fed led ed programs). See all their research projects by genre, http://www.aera.net/EducationResearch/AERAEducationResearch/tabid/15727/Default.aspx

Finally, do any of these groups connect to the education waivers?

With the inter-connectedness of the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) to CREATE and JCSEE, I would have to answer ‘yes’. It appears all of the above are tied to the waivers. Especially when you consider HOW many of these are involved in the assessment end of education. We know the Flexibility waivers will heavily restrict states via not only student outcome based assessments, but the teachers and principals as well.  With that said, what does the CCSSO have on the ESEA Flexibility Waivers? More than you can shake a stick at.

CCSSO:

I found their ESEA Flexibility information under the ‘Educator Effectiveness’ page. (see: http://scee.groupsite.com/page/esea-flexibility-toolkit) There you’ll find ‘fact sheets’, links the the US Dept of Ed, you’ll be able to see which state is up to what, and you’ll get the language resources to understand HOW your state worded their applications for the flexibility/opportunity we were promised (see yesterday’s post). For instance, if you wanted to see how a state gave an visual graphic for “Theory of Action” in applying for a flexibility waiver, you would get a downloadable guide from 2012. It’s complete with several colorful shapes, sizes, and information. Then, after the states examples, CCSSO has many measures for educators to have to adhere to; at least that’s what it looked like to me.

See the “Theory of Action” examples: THEORY OF ACTION Examples

Another interesting set of examples the CCSSO has are those which impact the ‘stakeholders’ in all this.. You know, the local businesses, the legislators, civic groups, non profits, advocacy groups, all sprinkled in with the REAL stakeholders..the schools, students, staffers, and districts. Not as much information will be available here and you will have to click on each of the states which provided information separately. Since I didn’t see NC, I chose a neighboring state to see what was available. On pages 10 and 11 of their ESEA Waiver, you can see the stakeholders involved in this application. It is from a couple of years ago, so it could be some stakeholders have been alerted to the truth and walked away. http://www2.ed.gov/policy/eseaflex/ga.pdf

Why I share this is so you can see it isn’t only education minded folks involved, but somehow I think I knew you already knew that. What we CAN do with this type of information is USE it. Remember, as we found out yesterday, those in charge are assuming we won’t find this information out in time to do something.

Remember..flexibility/opportunity do NOT equal the Common Core Machine!
Remember..flexibility/opportunity do NOT equal the Common Core Machine!

 

 

 

 

Monday Musing: Educational Waivers, Friend or Foe?

Is an educational waiver a good thing or a bad thing?
Is an educational waiver a good thing or a bad thing?

Welcome Back, Friends!

I hope you had a restful Thanksgiving break. I know I am ready to once again, pick up my anti Common Core sword and get back in the fight. Today’s post will tackle educational waivers..friend of our educational system??? Or foe to it? Let’s find out.

Just what is a waiver?

According to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s website page about ‘Flexibility Waivers’, allow states, educational systems to  ‘now have greater flexibility in how they may use federal program funds to support State and local school improvement efforts.’ Also, according to the same web page, the flexibility factor allows for ‘opportunity’. It mentions ‘wonders’ like the waivers tied to Goals 2000 (which I’ve written about in earlier posts and its ties to Common Core). Here’s what will probably be my ‘favorite’ about the US DOE’s description, “adapt federal programs in ways that best educate children and improve teaching and learning.”

These waivers have been connected to several fed ed programs, especially in the last few years. NCLB and ESEA: No Child Left Behind, the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act, respectively.

To see the entire page for yourself, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/nclb/freedom/local/flexibility/index.html

What about my state?

Again, using the US DOE website, let’s see what the Press Release about those Flexibility Waivers had to say, this is from back in 2013.

The U.S. Department of Education announced today that states whose waivers from certain provisions of federal education law will expire at the end of the 2013-2014 school year will soon be able to request renewals of their reform plans, for up to two more years.

Extending their waivers through 2016 will allow these 34 eligible states and the District of Columbia to continue moving forward on their ambitious but achievable plans to prepare all students for college and career, focus aid on the neediest students, and support effective teaching and school leadership.” Those 34 states? “Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.” The release does include the rest of the states as well, so be sure to see where yours stands.

So what does this REALLY mean?

It means IF you live in one of the above states, steps may  have already been taken earlier in 2014 to grant your state an extension to CONTINUE education reform that is from a federal level. Some of the ‘guidelines’ your state MUST meet include, staying on a ESEA track, monitoring ESEA issues that exist and fixing them, and meeting a high bar of quality. (To see the entire press release: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/states-granted-waivers-no-child-left-behind-allowed-reapply-renewal-2014-and-201)

I still don’t get it, why should I consider it a ‘big deal’ if my state gets an extension or not?

In looking beyond the U.S. DOE to the CEP (Center for Education Policy), which is another supportive group for CCSS, we can access the ‘Flexibility Waiver Watcher’!  (to access the page you’ll need to find your state’s activities, http://www.cep-dc.org/index.cfm?DocumentSubTopicID=48 ) NOTE: Be sure to spend a few minutes looking into the history of CEP, it’s quite an account of fed led ed.

According to the CEP, their explanation page about the waivers and why extension are important it boils down to one thing, states being accountable. However, not so simply put is HOW the accountability is to be extracted from each state. For instance, assessments, more assessments, AND outcome based education results are the main 3. To see the rest of the list of requirements that pull in not only No Child Left Behind, but the reauthorized ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Act), Riddle_FAQ_SAP_091911

Okay, let’s assume you are at the page with the US Map. Scroll down to the part that says ‘after 2011 Waiver Watcher’. You should see an assortment of green colors. Since I live in NC, we’ll be using it as an example of just what getting an extended waiver means for the students, teachers, AND principals of the state. The first thing I do, is click on my state’s shape. This will take me to another page that’s exclusively about NC. Cool, so far. I see that our status is ‘Waiver Extended’. However, I am a bit unclear as to what that entails for each of our citizens. So, I click on the “August 14, 2014” Extension Letter that’s just below the announcement link from the same day by the President of the USA. The extension letter states that yes, NC has been granted an extension of one year on the ESEA waiver. I see there are several things a group from the US Dept. of Ed have found while considering NC’s extension. One that strikes me, is a ‘monitoring report’, then I see almost at the closing of the letter, this, “I am confident that North Carolina will continue to implement the reforms described in its approved ESEA flexibility request and advance its efforts to hold schools and school districts accountable for the achievement of all students.”  I must pause here for a quick minute and ask, if my state has all the opportunity to be free and flexible, why is my state being monitored, and better yet, just whom is monitoring it? If you want to see the entire letter NC received, nc2extltr8142014

NC’s Monitoring report:

This Report was also accessed from the CEP’s NC Page and the live link was just below the announcement link from August 2014. I notice it says “Part B”, yet, “Part A” isn’t included..hhmm..let’s see what else I can find. Right off the bat, the ‘purpose’ of being monitored, “The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is committed to supporting State educational agencies (SEAs) as they implement ambitious reform agendas through their approved ESEA flexibility requests.” Does anyone need a reminder as to how the ‘states’ were coerced into the Common Core Standards? Okay, back to business…

I also see from the Monitoring Report that things like Data Collection, implementing College/Career Readiness, high stakes assessments, rewarding schools for performances, evaluating teachers and principals. I also see how implementation should become STRONGER in its efforts via the SEAs and the LEAs (State Education Agencies/Local Education Agencies). Not quite sure what power these two groups have, I access the overview of their jobs from the US Dept of Ed’s guide and notice they have a tremendous power, we the citizens used to be able to exercise in school choices, decisions, and systems. See the overview,

 http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/pdf/sealea_overview.pdf  NOTE: one is that it is via FERPA this overview is given and two, the date is 2011.

Finally, on the Monitoring Report, it’s the last sentence that is really eye opening. Listed in the items that should continue or be put into motion is the ‘parent, community involvement’. See the sentence for yourselves, “ED encourages the NCDPI to continue to gain understanding from parents who did not always “agree” and continue to try to aggressively include these parents in the education of their children.” NOTE: ED is the Report’s shorthand for the Dept. of Ed, NCDPI is short for NC Dept. of Public Instruction.

To see the entire Report, ncpartbrpt32014 To see NC’s 2012 ESEA Flexibility Application, which details where ‘college and career readiness’ standards were to be implemented, esea-flexibility-request

A related resource you may find helpful:

Back in 2011, AIR (American Institutes for Research) also extremely supportive of Common Core and student data collection, published a handy, dandy pocket guide to why NCLB/ESEA flexibility was a great tool. To access how ESEA can turn your school around, http://www.air.org/sites/default/files/downloads/report/0669_PG_SchoolTurnaround_Online_d41_0.pdf

Click to enlarge the picture.
Click to enlarge the picture.

Finally, we have an answer?!

Remember, we were setting out on this post to ascertain if education waivers were friend or foe to our educational systems. I hope you will agree that it appears we have an answer that in the present way waivers are being used, the flexibility is an illusion. As such, it is NO friend to our students. Remember, all the parts of CCSS aren’t quite into place. High stakes testing is a huge component for the states to be accountable. However, remember this..the US Constitution says that the states are sovereign, not the federal government. We, as citizens are to hold the federal government accountable, not have the fed led ed hold us hostage to waivers that are mandates dressed as opportunity. If we wish to give our schools systems real opportunity, we’d first need to have reform that is legal, that honors the Constitution, and doesn’t lay down to bed with the public, private partnerships that seek to destroy real school choice with incentives that are a bait and switch.

If you noticed earlier in the post, NC was only granted a one year extension, which means by the end of the 2015-16 school year, even MORE ‘flexibility’ with even MORE ‘opportunities’ can be granted. Folks, 2015 is almost upon us. We’ve been kept from some of this vital information long enough. Take it, share it, use it, and stop the Waivers in your state!

Stay tuned this week because I’ll be looking into other groups hell-bent on making sure your state gets stuck with education reform based on lies, illegal measures, and all at the cost of our student’s futures.