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Is There Anything Else?

Years ago, I remember hearing Robin Williams rattle off a routine about the future of his (then very young) children. In a mere matter of seconds he vacillated between their college graduation, great success, OR as a worker at the burger joint down the street, saying “You want fries with that?”.

As we know, all parents have big hopes and dreams that regardless of WHERE our children become a success, as long as it is THEIR success. Success SHOULD NOT mean it’s only applicable when you graduate college and get the big fancy house with the fat paycheck. Successful people throughout history have often been dirt poor or middle income.

The CCSS Machine is stopping at NOTHING to ensure our children have almost NO success whatsoever…except what the Machine is willing to dole out to them.
After this past week’s digging into the agenda moves behind the “I Just Sued the School System” and “The Thinning” (believe me, I am not done with either yet, but more on that in a day or so.), I have about had my fill of the depths of deception the CCSS Machine is going to make ‘blastedly’ sure NO child (regardless of age) will succeed at his or her own pace.

Meet the Young Math Corps:

Actually that is not really their name, but it might as well be. Why do I say this? Look at the screen shot:

mathwhiz
The REAL name of the program I am pointing out is known as “The Young People’s Project Math Literacy Workers (YPP’s MLWs)”. If you need to enlarge the picture, please do.

You can access the YPP’s MLWs site: http://www.typp.org/
To see how Civil Rights Activist Bob Moses got involved: http://www.typp.org/typp_20

Before we proceed, I am stating for the record, my ‘axe to grind’ is not with Civil Rights. As always, it is the CCSS Machine. What I want to know, as do you, how involved is the CCSS Machine in a program like this?

We all know tutors are great! Many successful people have had tutors in their lives. However, with the age of this program, the amount of time our educational system has been reduced to what we have today, I wonder how much MORE damage to ALL involved when ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is fully and finally locked in.

Bits And Pieces Of  The MLWs Program:

So, how does the Math Literacy Program work? What math curriculum is used? Is this nation-wide? I will answer each, but not in order.

The curriculum is John Dewey and Lawrence Cremin based. I found this in the 2001 publication “Mathematics, Numeracy,  and Democracy: The Case for Quantitative Literacy”
I am pausing here because if I don’t say it, I will burst…America is NOT a democracy! UGH!! Moving on now, this paper was prepared by the National Council on Education and the Disciplines (NCED). NCED is a part of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. What you see below is from the opening pages of the over 140 page document.

ncedwood
The Board of Trustees include representatives of CCSS Machine member groups: Blackboard, GSV, Global Education Learning, The Hunt Institute, and Dream Box Learning. There are others you may be able to spot, too. Access: http://woodrow.org/about/board-of-trustees/

Since the Woodrow Wilson Foundation is dedicating itself to K-16 education, you know not only will ESSA be a factor in what they have influence with, but the HEA (Higher Education Act) and the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) will also be included. If you’d like to see their ‘researched’ publications where you will see the U.S. Senate HELP Committee among the topics, http://woodrow.org/news/publications/

As far as the over 140 page document, be sure you look at the Table of Contents. I especially am pointing you to the section titled “Numerical Common Sense for All”, page 61.
Access the Document: 8952_mathanddemocracy2

You’ll also be interested in seeing the curriculum for MLW are NCs (Neighborhood Circles). The NCs are a product of the Lawrence CommunityWorks. The linked document MLW has is from 2007. Almost immediately, you will see that the best start to globalization begins in your neighborhood. You REALLY need to see/read this dated, but still used, plan. 0155_neighborcircles (*Note: back in 2010, Lawrence,MA did receive a Promise Neighborhood grant. See: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-awards-promise-neighborhoods-planning-grants) Promise Neighborhoods are now codified in ESSA.

You’ll also need to see how the NSF (National Science Foundation) is involved in the MLW curriculum. I especially despise the NSF for their access to huge government funds as well as their use of those funds to churn out as much CCSS/STEM rhetoric as humanly possible. If you are not sure how toxic the NSF involvement in education is, please, search for them among my archives. What they do and have access to is truly worth knowing. Below is a screen shot of the SCRATCH curriculum.

nsfmlw

Embedded in the SCRATCH curriculum is a video with Chris Bosch, Bill Gates and others. When you go to the video link, you will see a website address of ‘code.org’.

Here’s the video, try not to scream when you see the ‘Who’s Who’ among the ‘stars’:

To see the rest of the SCRATCH7874_ypp-itestcurriculum-introtoscratch

The MLWs (Math Literacy Workers) must have training, complete community wide events which include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math). To see what else they need to do: http://www.typp.org/programs

If you’ve not see my research on tying STEM and STEAM to the CCSS Machine:
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/27/wybi-stem-to-steam-ties-to-common-core-pt-1/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/tech-thursday-pt-2-stem-to-steams-ties-to-common-core/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/friday-special-post-part-3-stem-to-steam-ties-to-ccss/

Closing:

The last question, which we’ve not answered yet is, is all this national? Yes.
The Young People’s Project (YPP) is an outgrowth of the Algebra Project, “a national mathematics literacy effort aimed at helping low income students and students of color successfully acquire mathematical skills that are a prerequisite for a college preparatory mathematics sequence in high school and full citizenship in today’s technological society.”


Partners of the Young People’s Project include the Kellogg Foundation, a well known CCSS member organization. There are plenty of other partners. See: http://www.typp.org/our_valued_partners

So, Warriors, you tell me…is there anything else for our students of all ages?

Weekend News: CCSS School Officials Alignment

The CCSS Machine is turning our school officials into puppets. Are we really OK with this?
The CCSS Machine is turning our school officials into puppets. Are we really OK with this?

While our attention is focused on the re-authorization efforts of the CCSS/CTE, data mining, high stakes assessments laden HR5, S1177 and the HEA, we need to stop and consider that also included in these bills are the teachers, the principals, the superintendents, and all the other school officials in between. I’ve brought you news in the past about the national groups for these leaders and their CCSS/CTE activities. It’s time to see if anything new is in the works. This article will be quite in-depth, but if you know a school official, or are one who is fighting CCSS, please use the below information to help STOP Common Core!

NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals):

Before we look at the most recent alignment activities, I’d like to remind you of what I’d previously shared with you. It was back in April 2015 that I uncovered the NAESP’s webinar geared to instilling ‘grit’ into our elementary schools. Here’s a brief excerpt, “…presentation on ‘Grit’ to the NAESP (National Association of Elementary School Principals), April 9th, 2014. It was titled “Grit, Mindset, and Determination: The Key to Leading by Influence, Grades 1-8”To read the rest of the article, as well as being able to access the highlighted webinar, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/01/wybi-crystal-clear-common-core/

So, what’s the latest for NAESP’s involvement with CCSS/CTE? Plenty. On their website you can see their supportive positions on the re-authorization of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) via the HR5 and S1177.) You can see how they believe that by making sure a child is on point by the end of 3rd grade their ability to graduate with readiness for college, career, and life. Below you’ll be able to see a screen shot of the CCSS guide for NAESP members to use. You can read the entire guide: common core checklist_2_22_2013as

This guide from 2013 is still in use by Elementary School principals who belong to the NAESP.
This guide from 2013 is still in use by Elementary School principals who belong to the NAESP.

If you’ve not seen it, the NAESP has a 12 step guide for elementary principals for CCSS, too. This guide is also part of  a partnership between NAESP, Achieve, Inc., the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals), College Summit, and MetLife Insurance. If you didn’t know it, several insurance companies are backing CCSS/CTE. (See my article on “Prevent Common Core” website:
http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1154) To get the 12 step guide: http://achieve.org/publications/implementing-common-core-state-standards-role-elementary-school-leader-action-brief
Before we move away from the elementary principals, be sure you go to their website to get the other pro CCSS materials they have. You’ll find a dialogue guide for coaching conversations, CCSS and technology, CCSS and PARCC assessments, and a ‘synthesizing’ tool. Visit: http://www.naesp.org/common-core-state-standards-resources


NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals):

Their website: http://www.nassp.org/ Back in February 2015, I delivered this article to you for your use as a tool to fight CCSS/CTEhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/fom-friday-ccss-cant-be-wrong/ In this article, you found the Gates Foundation funded ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development), the Hunt Institute, Colleagues on Call, TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), the Carnegie Foundation, IDEA Partnership, Council of Great City Schools, and the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) are connected to the secondary principals.

So, is there anything new going on in the secondary principals’ lives that continues to connect them to CCSS/CTE? Let’s find out! Top on their “Action List” is the re-authorization of the ESEA. They are in full support of the moves to see either HR5 or S1177 turned into law. See: https://www.votervoice.net/NASSP/Campaigns/42272/Respond

From earlier this year, a webinar devoted to the ties between NASSP, Common Core, and Literacy:

Then, there’s also a video from earlier this year concerning the College/Career Readiness Math Standards for NASSP members:

You also may find the level of community partnerships, politics, and their “Breaking Ranks” program of interest in your War Against the Core. For “Breaking Ranks”, see: http://www.nassp.org/Content/158/BRFrameworkExecSummary.pdf
To see their Community Partnership motives: http://www.nassp.org/Knowledge-Center/Topics-of-Interest/Community-Partnerships
To see how the NASSP encourages principals to use politics to their advantage: NASSPpolitics

The School Superintendent Association, (AASA):

This association has been written about 5 times on my blog. The first one was back in Sept. of 2014. Since then, I’ve given you much more information about them. One of the articles they are featured in is found above (look in the NASSP’s section and find “Can’t Be Wrong”) In the other 4 articles you can find:
how AASA has been key to the past EdSurge conferences where much alignment to not only CCSS, but CTE as well. See:
(https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/08/monday-musings-ccss-tech-schedule/)
*Note: This article will also link to another one of my articles where AASA is exposed (look for “UpSkilling Part 2)
In this article from April 2015, you can read about one of AASA‘s leading members who’s knee deep in CCSS/CTEhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/tech-thursday-caps-via-career-pathways-is-still-ccss/

Upcoming for the secondary principals is their 2016 Conference, in the promotion of this conference,you can find the #1 theme of the 7 major topics is CCSS. You can also see that how secondary principals and school board members are a big topic. I have to wonder if the NAESP‘s coaching conversations guide will be used. See the other main themes: http://nce.aasa.org/attend/ You may also want to know that of the 3 key note speakers, one will be addressing ‘disruptive innovation’ for your school’s improvement. You can find out by clicking on ‘general sessions’ under the “ATTEND” tab.

There will also be ‘thought leaders’ at this conference. Among those leading you to more CCSS/CTE will be a NC resident. His name? Dr. Mark Edwards. To learn just how tied to Pearson, digital alignment, and more he is, see my fellow anti Warrior, LadyLiberty1885′s blog for her research into his educational foray. She has 3 articles on him. See: http://ladyliberty1885.com/?s=Mark+Edwards 

AASPA (American Association of School Personnel Administrators):

From their ‘About Us’ section, AASPA is the only organization that specifically targets and represents school personnel professionals.  If you are a personnel/human resource administrator, personnel support staff, superintendent, principal, or graduate student interested in this field, you will benefit from AASPA membership.” The section also shares how this group has grown to include other nations as well.

While I’ve not previously written about this particular association, I have written about their product, TrueNorth Logic. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/wybi-the-gtn-of-north-carolina/ In  this article, you can find out what the AASPA would prefer you didn’t know about their data mining activities, how NC and other states have signed onto this system, and how TrueNorth Logic is tied to the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers). To see what the AASPA tells you about TrueNorth Logic, see: http://www.truenorthlogic.com/cp/AASPA/

AASPA just wrapped up their 2015 Conference (Oct. 13-16, 2015). Was CCSS/CTE there? Let’s see. Geared for those in the HR (Human Relations) departments of schools, this conference covered data mining.management, state, local, and regional initiatives to positively impact those in the education workforce, lots of compliance issues from the U.S. Dept. of Labor, quality teacher prep for Americans to be ‘classroom ready’, performance measurements and organizational alignments combined with cultural shifts in communities and how they can be used in your school districts, an example from an SC school district where state and local standards, enrollment data concerning students and how school officials can use both for success, how the ESEA‘s updates will impact school officials, and more. See: http://media.wix.com/ugd/14e560_f68c4e0461034eeeae13248bed06b3bf.pdf

In their upcoming December 2015 Conference, you’ll find Human Capital as the theme. See the screen shot:
AASPAhumancapital
What’s a bit disturbing about this upcoming event, is that while it’s aimed at school leaders, it still uses ‘human capital’ in referring to employees. It also states that it’s okay to have ‘Principals as human capital managers’. My question to this is, since we know that the CCSS Machine forces alignment of not only students, teachers, principals, and others, just how much of the HR5/S1177 will this type of conference include? We already know that school counselors are being pursued diligently to align their guidance to CCSS/CTE (see my previous article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/10/fridays-post-breaking-news-you-need-to-know/)

When I searched the AASPA‘s site for “Common Core” I didn’t find anything with that name. However, if you consider their bylaws, the association is in full support of upholding whatever’s going on in public education. See their bylaws, http://aaspa.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/AASPA-Operational-Handbook-June-2015.pdf (*Note: the page with the most telling information is page 6)


Closing:

Are there other efforts to align our school officials to all things CCSS/CTE? Sure there are. Just a couple of weeks ago, I shared with you how AIR, Inc. is doing so.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/weekend-news-college-career-readiness-updates/ (*Note: look at point #3) 

Weekend News: Your Anti CCSS Back To School Wish

Jpeg image credit:  imgion.com
Jpeg image credit: imgion.com

Warriors, have no fear, I’ve not converted to the supportive side for “Common Core”. I’m still VERY MUCH opposed. However, as we all know, it is the time of year our schools are gearing up for “Back to School”. For many of us, that means MORE CCSS. During this past week, I shared with you how the Bic Ink Pens Company is hosting a BTS (Back to School) Contest full of ‘Common Core English Language Arts’ lessons. What else is lurking out there? Plenty! This weekend’s news feature is the CCSS laden “Parent Toolkit”.

“Education Nation”:

Using Twitter as a tool for building support for Back to School, this NBC News project (NBC is part of the CCSS Machine), has a current campaign called “#SchoolYrResolution”. Who’s contributing? Everyday parents like you and I; Pearson Publishing; The American Heart Association; Education Nation and NBC personalities; Parent Toolbox (another NBC Education Nation project); doctors; and, school districts. While most everyone’s contributions are varied, it is the Pearson Publishing contributions that are the most pointed…toward MORE parent involvement. If you’re not familiar with the ideas Pearson has about more parent involvement (a nice way to phrase their real meaning of ‘compliance’), I urge you to find out for yourselves. As far as “Education Nation’s Parent Toolbox” goes, it’s slam full of pro CCSS social-emotional mind bending.

www.parenttoolkit.com
http://www.parenttoolkit.com

 

The Mind Bending:

By simply searching the PT (Parent Toolkit) with the phrase “Common Core”, I got back the following results: Academics, 12 articles;  Health and Wellness, 19 articles; Social and Emotional, 8 articles; lastly, the latest news on CCSS, 48 articles.
Titles among the latest news include how grit and persevering CAN be taught and then there’s one detailing their version of STEM (as you know, I’ve shared a true version of STEM with you many times). Repeated in several different articles: sex, bullying, on-line behavior, money management, and lots more. Under social/emotional, you’ll see empathy, diversity, and how to collaborate. As far as the experts putting all this information together for you, the parent, there are several of them. You’ll see their names and smiling faces, but to learn more about them, you need to click on each of them. I would encourage you to look into them. Most folks, will do what we’ve seen before: add the ‘expert’ title to a face featured on a famous website and leave it at that. That’s what the CCSS Machine is banking on..that we WON’T investigate those experts they use. But, oh, how we’ve proved them wrong.

 

The Other Supportive CCSS Machine Members of Parent Toolkit:

Curious about how many of the experts were dyed in the wool CCSS supporters, I searched for information. Not getting the results I bargained for, however, did lead me to the ‘other’ pro CCSS groups involved in ‘Parent Toolkit’ and as such, part of the efforts to sway parents toward the CCSS Machine.

Hunt Institute is a well known part of the CCSS Machine (if you don’t know how, please find my fellow anti CCSS Warrior, LadyLiberty1885’s blog and search for “Hunt Institute”)
NEA, Khan Academy, Council of Great City Schools, Sesame Street, the National PTA, SAT, and many others. See: http://www.parenttoolkit.com/?objectid=E0F96EB0-20A6-11E3-8EC10050569A5318


What We Can Do:

Share this news with other parents, first of all!
Second, why not visit the Twitter page for the School Year Resolution and make a few anti CCSS truths available.
Look into the Parent Toolkit’s experts, philosophies, and use these are guidelines for interviewing those school officials who will be leading your students this year. Are they of the same mindset? If so, use your true knowledge of social emotional damage CCSS causes! Remember, most pro CCSS folks have no evidence to support its worth, yet we have evidence to support its harm! Use it!!

NBC’s tie to CCSS:
The PolitiChicks‘ article: http://politichicks.com/2014/08/gates-funds-commoncore-coverage/

Khan Academy’s CCSS page:
https://www.khanacademy.org/commoncore

National PTA: The group has several pro CCSS position papers, look in the “Position Papers” tab.
http://www.pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3444

NEA: They were invited into the CCSS Machine’s fold by the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers AND the NGA (National Governors Association). The two groups who OWN the CCSS copyright!
http://www.nea.org/home/46665.htm

Hunt Institute: This organization has partnered with both the National PTA and the CCSSO to produce pro CCSS propaganda.
http://www.hunt-institute.org/resources/2014/06/pta-common-core-videos/
http://www.ccsso.org/resources/digital_resources/common_core_implementation_video_series.html

Closing:

So, my anti CCSS Warriors, what is your Back to School Wish? We know we want to be Common Core free. We still have time to influence our national level legislators as they are home on break right now. The Student Success Act and the Every Child Achieves Act are both being updated and enlarged. The bills are’omnibus’ bills. This is BAD. As we’ve seen with other mammoth bills, this means all kinds legislation unrelated to education will be thrown in! We know we desire a post secondary education free of the CCSS’s CTE (Career Technical Education), CP (Career Pathways), and the recently revealed CBPs (Competency Based Pathways). This means we must be on top of the re-authorization of the HEA, Higher Education Act.
Keep going, my friends, we’ve got lots to do.

Tech Thursday: Hunting for CCSS/CTE

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

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

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

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

 

The Hunt Institute Announcement:

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

A Hunt Institute ‘Bridge’ of Their Own:

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

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

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

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

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

 

SREB, Southern Regional Education Board:

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                                        What starts in HR5 ends in HEA!

FOM Friday: CCSS “Can’t Be Wrong”?!

It's Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what's truth, what's fallacy/fib or what's in between.
It’s Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what’s truth, what’s fallacy/fib or what’s in between.

What Could Possibly Be ‘Right’ About Common Core? In today’s post we’ll measure the latest ‘new evidence’ about Common Core in the classroom. Let’s get the Fib-o_Meter fired up!

First, the organization:

ASCD (formerly, The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) The website: http://www.ascd.org

“Total Truth”, each state has an ASCD Affiliate. So do several countries across the globe. The purpose? “Common values and goals”. (see: http://www.ascd.org/about-ascd/Affiliates/Directory/Affiliate-Directory.aspx )

"Total Truth", Gates funded ASCD Common Core resources since 2011.
“Total Truth”, Gates funded ASCD Common Core resources since 2011.

Next, The Book:

The new book that’s got the Fib-o-Meter all fired up? “17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t Be Wrong” by authors John V. Antonetti and James R. Garver, the designers of the Look 2 Learning model of classroom walkthroughs. ASCD is so proud of this book that you can not only buy a copy off the website, you can get a sample download of the book.

Fib-o-Meter’s guess is this is so you, too, as an educator can get started right away ‘doing IT correctly’.  Let’s see what we can find. Now, while I can’t give the download sample, I can point you to where to get it for your own research. Fib-o-Meter will help guide you on some of the biggest CC points. To get the sample: http://www.ascd.org/Publications/Books/Overview/Seventeen-Thousand-Classroom-Visits-Cant-Be-Wrong.aspx (be sure to click on the ‘excerpts, pdf’ near the bottom of the page)

Fib-o-Meter Spied The Following From the Sample: 

From Page 4: there was talk about ‘benchmarks’ being used as school effectiveness tool. “Total Fallacy” when you consider the entire ‘benchmarked CCSS’ myth has been busted open long ago. (see: http://pioneerinstitute.org/blog/blog-education/blog-common-core/common-core-was-neither-internationally-benchmarked-nor-state-led/ )

Page 4 also shares about “PLCs” (professional learning communities) guiding thoughts..Hhmm..when you consider the multitude of PLC workshops expressly for CCSS, I guess the guiding thoughts would be all about Common Core. (for example, see: http://www.schoolimprovement.com/how-to-make-friends-and-influence-people-with-the-common-core-standards/ ) If this isn’t enough for you, check out the agenda behind those 21st Century Community Learning Centers, which are also helping guide thought, blur lines, and so much more. (see: http://www.p21.org/). “Total Fallacy” for this entire topic! Why, a true PLC shouldn’t shove agendas, it should encourage individuality of the teacher, the respect for him/her to know what would be applicable, and the trust to pull it all off. You can’t have any of that when you are constricted by the CCSS. (see: https://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/tag/teachers-against-common-core/ )

Page 5 introduces the “TIMSS” (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study). Well, let’s see what the Fib-o-Meter can share. “Total Truth” that this study exists. However, bear in mind it’s part of the U.S. Dept. of Education. SO, objectivity is going to be somewhat skewed in regards to CCSS, don’t you think? (see: https://nces.ed.gov/TIMSS/)
“Total Fallacy” that we should even try to use the TIMSS in regards to CCSS, as revealed in this article by a guest for Pioneer Institute. (see: http://pioneerinstitute.org/news/why-common-cores-math-standards-dont-measure-up-by-guest-blogger-zeev-wurman/)

Other Things to Consider:

Fib-o-Meter found these things worth considering:

  • “Colleagues on Call”, considering they influence others, you want to note that the author featured in the Carnegie event is a co-founder of ‘C on C’. Think influence in education isn’t a big deal these days? You may want to consider where ‘C on C’ goes. According to their website, “ongoing partnerships with many schools, districts, service centers, professional organizations, and departments of education.” It is because of groups like this why we need to look further at who’s pushing the districts, the superintendents, and others straight into the CCSS Machine at break-neck speed (see the ‘related’ below). ‘C on C’s’ website: http://www.colleaguesoncall.com/our-work.php

Related to All This, Because They Handle School Leaders:

  • From a post I wrote as a guest on LadyLiberty1885’s blog last year is this excerpt. It shows that influences among leaders in schools, etc.
  • “One such  “group known as NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals). According their website, they have much help in aligning not only honor societies to Common Core, but they have a guide for school counselors. Look down at bit on the page and you’ll see the Hunt Institute, the Council of Chief State School Officers, IDEA Partnership, Council of Great City Schools and others. (Link)” (See the entire post: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/06/29/guest-post-how-common-core-standards-are-taking-over-our-national-honor-societies/)
  • To find out some “Total Truths and Fallacies” (I’m sure you can correctly match the truths/fallacies to the boldly highlighted words) from the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), see this excerpt below (the entire document: AASA_CCSS_Report):
  • “The CCSS-aligned tests were designed to assess student achievement, and any effort to rush implementation of them that includes using the test data to inform teacher evaluation is ill-conceived. Frustration over an arbitrary deadline to implement tests in a manner for which they were not intended threatens the good that stands to be gained from successful implementation of the CCSS and related assessments. Whatever happens in the news and the political debate, districts are already hard at work implementing these new standards and their related assessments. In order to see how the implementation of the new standards is faring, AASA conducted a survey of superintendents and administrators throughout the country in April, 2014. With 525 responses representing 48 states, the survey provides a glimpse into the planning and implementation of the new standards and assessments as well as the support superintendents are receiving from the state and community. Overall, most superintendents have already begun to implement the new standards, which they see as much more rigorous than previous standards. The new standards will increase students’ critical thinking skills and ensure that they are more prepared for college and the modern workforce than previous standards did. School and district staff are viewed as prepared and engaged in implementation of the new standards.”

Even Further Related to AASA:

AXA (partners with both the PTA, NEA, and the AASA). Interestingly enough, they also give out lots and lots of scholarships in America. (Find out what AXA is: https://us.axa.com/home.html) *Note: be sure to look at the Foundation arm, as well as the corporate one.

Aramark, helps uphold not only school leaders, but school meals. Here’s a document they have helped in supporting a  “Superintendent Forum” full of CC alignment. See: WP-NYSF_2013

Hobson’s, partners of AASA, as well. See their P-20 (Preschool to age 20) work: http://www.hobsons.com/about-hobsons/p-20-summit/
*Note: Be sure to look at all the curricula resources under the “Learn What We Do” tab.

NASSP Partners and Related Information:

Not to be left out of all the CCSS support from afar, the NASSP, has ‘friends’ too.

Prudential: Hardly the only insurance company to back the CCSS Machine, this one is special in the amount it has given to not only education, but Workforce alignment. (see: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1154)

Wallace Foundation: See all 357 Common Core resource papers they have. http://www.wallacefoundation.org/Search/Pages/results.aspx?k=common%20core%20standards

Minnesota Life: Not only partners with NASSP, but insures “Coverage is also available to NASSP employees and advisors with: National Association of Student Council, National Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Junior Honor Society.” (refer to these groups above to see again how CC aligned they are)

Closing:

Well, I’m not sure about you, but I think the Fib-o-Meter’s dealt enough “Total Truth” for one day AND exposed enough “Total Fallacy” as well. The original statement the ASCD folks claimed was “17,000 Classrooms Can’t Be Wrong”. I know as long as Common Core is involved, those 17,000 classrooms will be grossly under-served. Right along with the millions of other classrooms left OUT of the book!

As far as those ‘Classroom Walk Throughs’ and how they relate to Common Core?..that’s another article unto itself.

WYBI Update: Amping Up the Common Core

For today’s “Would You Believe It” Wednesday post, I’m updating my original article from Sept. 2014 that delved into Common Core Standards via Amplify…and a few others.

Aiming to align to Common Core, that's Amplify!
Aiming to align to Common Core, that’s Amplify!

Here’s the link to the original post: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/will-this-be-delivery-or-dine-in/

As I did yesterday, I’ll only be using excerpts from the original and contrast them with what’s happened since then. I encourage to access the link above and read the article in its entirety, as it has useful links, facts, and a ‘guest check’ you have to see.

First up, order up!

“Just announced yesterday via an email I received, Amplify now offers Common Core Standard aligned lessons, assessments on the go! Yes, as in, on your mobile device. In other words, ‘delivery’. Just ‘order’ what you want to learn & Boom..instant delivery..minus tipping your delivery driver.”

Changes to the ‘order’? Let’s see. Of course, when I first wrote this is was mid-September, so it can’t be ‘yesterday’ anymore.
There’s an article about early childhood assessments that I don’t recall seeing the first time around. The article features Amplify partners, Roland H. Good, III, and Ruth Kaminski, who over 30 years developed Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS). When asked about DIBELS and Common Core for early learners, here’s what Good had to say, (author’s question is in bold print) How is DIBELS particularly relevant today in this Common Core world? Whether or not you actually adopt the Common Core, it has a huge impact on the teaching profession. The Common Core resonates with us in how it focuses on being a proficient reader, reading for meaning at an adequate rate (fluently) with a high degree of accuracy. Those three things (meaning, fluency and accuracy) are represented in the DIBELS composite score and measures in a powerful and robust way.” When asked about DIBELS popularity in relation to CCSS, here’s the response, “We see an awful lot of interest in DIBELS. I don’t know if that’s because of the Common Core or along with the Common Core, but I’m continuing to see major steps forward in the level of interest and level of adoption, and our mentor network [a network of educators who are certified DIBELS experts, able to train other educators] becomes larger and larger every year.” * Note: if you’d like to see the number of assessments Amplify has in store for all ages (K-12th), http://www.amplify.com/assessment

Here’s another new feature from Amplify, a short, pro-data use promotion by the Data Quality Campaign:

Who owns Amplify? NewsCorp (which is owned by Rupert Murdock) Nothing appears to have changed on this front, but be sure to read the articles referred to in the original post by noted authors. Then, consider these other writers who’ve uncovered information about Amplify.

From NC, LadyLiberty1885’s article concerning textbooks also reveals how a NC state Statute was created for Amplify’s use. (see: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/20/about-that-textbook-commission/)

From MO, Missouri Education Watchdog ‘s article featuring not only news about even MORE data for dollars, but also links you to another writer who’s written about Amplify (among other data miners). (See: http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/the-wild-west-of-education-and-the-common-core-gold-rush/)

From 2013, Modern Education blog featured Amplify’s ties to not only Murdock, but Bill Gates. While the article talks about the now defunct inBloom , the information for Amplify is a nice thing to use in fighting CCSS. (See: http://modeducation.blogspot.com/2013/03/is-bill-gates-data-mining-your-children.html

From the FL Stop Common Core Coalition, their post about the public/private partnership of data mining sensitive student data. (it too mentions inBloom, but remember, Amplify has survived) (See: http://www.flstopcccoalition.org/collection-of-data-and-loss-of-privacy/)

About the Data Quality Campaign:

Well, let’s just say that an ‘up-to-the-minute’ watch is being kept on which state is making strides in the 10 point data collection actions. Each action centers around not just K-12 data collection, but, P20 data (as in Preschool to early college age), Student Data Longitudinal Systems, sharing data for Workforce purposes (yes, there’s a Workforce Quality Data Initiative, too. See the links in ‘closing’). Below, find a screen shot of what the state I live in has successfully put in place in the scheme of data collection on students. Out of the 10 Actions, NC has completed 7. Shameful.

Find out where your state is, as far as data collection efforts. Compare states, too.
Find out where your state is, as far as data collection efforts. Compare states, too.

Among the Board member for DQC (Data Quality Campaign) are members of the Education Trust (the member representing this group also serves the Hunt Institute, New Teacher Project, and Carnegie’s Education Foundation),  Dutko Worldwide (this member used to work for Gates Foundation Education Policy, federal education policy, state level education policy, as well as served the U.S. Dept of Ed), CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) has a place at the Board table. See these people and others: http://dataqualitycampaign.org/who-we-are/board-of-directors/ I really don’t think we need to have a map of how DQC is connected to CCSS at this point, but to be accurate, I am supplying you with a screen shot of their ‘action’ items (could also be ‘agenda’ items, in my opinion).

Read all about these 'action items' at:  http://dataqualitycampaign.org/action-issues/
Read all about these ‘action items’ at:
http://dataqualitycampaign.org/action-issues/

Closing:

Hopefully after reading the original post AND today’s, you and your team of anti-CCSS warriors will have a much better idea of where to focus your efforts in regards to student data mining. I’ll leave you with the links to the Workforce Quality Data articles from 2014:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/tech-thursday-blast-from-our-workforce-past/

2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/28/ftf-tuesday-align-and-mine-part-2/

THESE 2 are extremely important in the fight against federal overreach into our lives via education/our jobs.