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A Pied Piper’s Tale

Warriors Against the Core, it’s not a festive report I bring to you today. However, it IS relevant to our War Vs Fed Ed.

That stated, I would like you to recall the ancient tale of the Pied Piper. You may remember the version where the Piper would play his flute to lead the rats away. However, the original version of the tale is a bit more sinister. In that version, the Piper returns to the village for payment for removal of said rats. His payment? The children. I’ll leave it at that. However, if you wish to read the more ghastly version: http://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends/disturbing-true-story-pied-piper-hamelin-001969

So how is the CCSS Machine playing its own version of the Pied Piper?

I think, we, as educated anti CCSS Warriors, know how: with deception at almost every level of existence.

Depending on what type of deception is needed determines what tune the Piper uses on the flute. Depending on what level of ‘accountability’ is being performed determines just who the Piper may be at that moment. For example, The Pied Piper of ESSA has to be Sen. Lamar Alexander playing his ‘song’ of ‘returning education control to the States’. However, the Piper’s tune for something like ‘filling the skills gap’ or ’21st Century Skills’ could be led by many groups anxious to lead our students away.

In the remainder of this article, our Piper for the “21st Century Skills” is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Business Leads Solutions”:

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Warriors, this article appeared almost at the end of November, 2016. To see the entire ‘song’ of this Pied Piperhttps://www.uschamber.com/above-the-fold/business-leads-solutions-workforce-challenges

One of the first graphics you’ll see is this (added emphasis is mine):

talentpiper

To see my U.S. Chamber/Gates Foundation article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/fom-chambers-pot-of-lies-for-ccss/

To see my USA Funds researched article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/ftf-measure-twice-cut-once/

To see one of my articles on the “Talent Supply Pipeline”:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/ftf-tuesday-career-readiness-and-data/

The Academy Piper Tune:

First off, watch the video about the “Academy”:

So, Warriors, just WHAT does this organization do to lead our students off to a CCSS/CTE/Workforce Educated demise?! Here’s an excerpt from Oct. 2016:
“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF) announced today the first cohort of nineteen participants in the Talent Pipeline Management Academy which is supported by a $2.5 million grant from USA Funds. USCCF’s signature workforce development initiative, Talent Pipeline Management (TPM), is a new way of addressing the nation’s skills gap by positioning employers in a more central role as key customers of post-secondary education and training providers. The TPM Academy consists of workshops led by USCCF for business professionals to receive instruction on talent pipeline strategies and guidance for implementation. In addition to a curriculum, technical assistance, and a peer-to-peer learning network, a key resource to be developed as part of the Academy will be the next generation of software tools and applications that support ongoing implementation of signature TPM strategies.”

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To access the article where the screen shot above is located: 
https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/press-release/us-chamber-commerce-foundation-and-usa-funds-announce-first-cohort-talent-pipeline

The Talent Pipeline has regional hubs, “The regional partners include the Arizona Chamber Foundation, Vermilion Advantages in Illinois, the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors in Kansas, Impact Northern Kentucky, Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium, the Greater Houston Partnership, and Elevate Virginia.”
To see the Talent Pipeline “Piper’s hubs”: https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/center-education-and-workforce/talent-pipeline-management-learning-network

To see short videos for Talent Pipelines in KS, KY, MI, TX, IL, and VA:
https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/talent-pipeline-management/videos

More Piper Tunes:

One of the ‘biggest’ Piper tunes the CCSS Machine churns out and that ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) plays, leads students astray via business/corporate overreach into the classroom as the answer to lots of ‘skill gap’ problems.

GradsforLife plies this ‘tune’“The talent pipeline is developed with specific needs and current challenges in mind. Standards developed by the employer coalition are constantly changing based on the current economic environment. It is, therefore, more impactful for the business community to define what skills its workforce needs than to wait for the world of academia to catch up. At the same time, this progressive approach may incentivize academic chiefs to develop reforms.”

To see the rest of this ghastly Piper tune: 
http://www.forbes.com/sites/gradsoflife/2016/03/09/how-employers-can-manage-their-talent-pipeline-like-they-manage-their-supply-chain/#4cc80b565cdb

Warriors, we’ve seen enough non-educator based disaster via the CCSS Machine. We do not need more. Yet, between ESSA, WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), and HEA (Higher Education Act) have laid a road for the “Pied Piper” where businesses and corporations INCREASE their overreach into the classrooms.

Of the Case Studies the U.S. Chamber’s Talent Pipeline has conducted, at least 2 are corporations and/or businesses are ones I’ve researched and published my findings as to each of their “Pied Piper CCSS/CTE” tunes. Toyota and General Assembly. To see the Case Studies, https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/talent-pipeline-management-case-studies

To see my articles on each:

Toyota’s (Notice they have every age group covered): 
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/rmt-vp-unions-career-tech-and-common-core/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/31/monday-musings-more-parent-ccss-alignment/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/02/monday-musings-alignment-for-wee-ones/

General Assembly’s:

a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/16/do-you-know-this-ga/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/18/special-edition-news/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/07/something-wicked-brewing/
(*Note, this last GA related article is truly fitting into the Piped Piper’s luring of our students away from true education to a workforce based nightmare existence. It features a made-for-You Tube movie were students are given achievement tests. If they pass, they live; if they do not, they die.)

Closing:

Warriors Against the Core, I do not wish to leave you on such a drastic mental image. However, I am not the only Warrior who’s compared what is happening to our students to awful things. I am not alone in hating what is going on in America, as far as our education system being so overrun with Pipers who deceive, indoctrinate, and conform our students.
We must mute their tunes! We must stand between the Pipers of Reform and our students, regardless of their age. The Pipers of Reform are here for EVERY student, not a select few.

State Digital Education

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Anti CCSS Warriors, if you have seen my last two articles, then you know the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has mandates for digital education embedded, a massive and invasive data collection study in the works and more.
But what about the digital education push from your state’s level?In case you haven’t read the articles, please note both are very detailed, so be sure you take your time reading them. Today’s is also jam packed, but it it imperative we read and share!

Thursday’s Article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/
This Past Weekend’s Article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

 

The U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Latest Propaganda:

In preparing for this article, I stumbled upon the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s latest Twitter video. It fits right into today’s question concerning the state levels for digital education. What a slick sales pitch for College/Career Readiness AND digital learning!
See:

https://amp.twimg.com/v/dcb95af5-160a-47b5-a48a-5a293dfe2e18

Now that you have watched the video, look at this screen shot (also from the Knewton Presentation seen above).
facilitatedigitalIf you would like to see the entire Knewton Presentation, see:
https://www.knewton.com/infographics/the-state-of-digital-education-infographic/
(*Note: Knewton is hardly anti-CCSS or for that matter, anti-ANYTHING that goes with them.)

See:
1) http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2014/03/who-puts-scary-in-pearson-meet-knewton.html

2) Access this YouTube video from my fellow anti CCSS Warrior, Nicole Revels:

So, What’s in Your State?

The video above was specific to an NC meeting. However, look at the information presented, it doesn’t stop at the NC state lines! The data mining, digital education tie is in ALL 50 States! So where do you look to find the amounts of money, people, and legislation allowing all this to happen? How will the newly passed ESSA law (with all its digital education mandates) change all this already in place?

1) State Policy Network (SPN) claims their digital education toolkit is the best available. However, I tend to see their toolkit as a subjective view NOT an objective one. Why? First, look at the toolkit’s main page and you will see an embedded video from KIPP ( a very big CCSS Machine member) See my previously published article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/tech-thursday-the-latest-faux-pas-in-education-workforce/
Then, check out the Gates Foundation Grant Database, where KIPP has been generously awarded money for alignment to all things CCSS: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database#q/k=KIPP
The KIPP connection is but one clue the SPN Toolkit is subjective. There is more:
See: http://nonprofitquarterly.org/2013/11/14/corporate-money-in-network-of-right-wing-state-policy-think-tanks/

There are 5 goals the SPN states as to WHY digital education is so vital today. You can see the excerpt, “Evaluate students (based on what they know, not how long they are in a place);
Certify and evaluate teachers (based on how well they teach what they know, not the credentials obtained); Evaluate courses and materials (based on state standards); Provide access (instead of getting in the way); and Pay for all of it (with proper accountability).”
To see the entire Toolkit: http://www.spn.org/digital_education/

2) SETDA and the Friday Institute have a June 2015 report detailing the 50 States and Digital Education. Before we look at it, however, consider that BOTH are also Pro-CCSS/CCR/CTE (Common Core State Standards, College and Career Readiness, Career Tech Education) See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/fom-sbac-and-parcc-revisited/
Then: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2015/08/30/possibly-the-most-arrogant-and-insulting-common-core-article-ive-seen-in-a-while/

According the the 2015 Report, there are 5 States heralded as leaders in digital education:
Alabama, North Carolina, Utah, Indiana, and Kentucky. There are also 5 main components of digital education every State will have, thanks to ESSA.
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As I have shared with you in past 2 articles detailing the digital mandates in ESSA, the Infrastructure will be one of the biggest clues as to where to look in your State. What are the plans for better internet in your area? Are your service providers upgrading their systems? Has your state recently passed legislation for Rural Education funding? There are other similar questions for you to ask.

To access the June 2015 Report (where just below this screen shot you will see the descriptions of how each of the 5 goals will be obtained): DigitalLearningExemplars_June2015

As an example of legislation passed, here in NC, to support digital learning, read this excerpt from the Report, “State Law 2013-12 requires the North Carolina
Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) to assist districts in the transition from textbooks to digital materials by 2017. These materials must be effective for all learners and align with the curriculum and standards. Such a law promotes progress toward some level of digital learning statewide.” What if you don’t live in one of the 5 States mentioned as leaders? The Report will also detail all the other States and where they are in the path of mass alignment.

Since AL is considered to be the #1 leader in the shift to digital education, see this article about the Governor pushing for more fiber optic connections throughout the State:
http://www.centerdigitaled.com/k-12/Alabama-Governor-Pushes-Fiber-Optic-Cables-for-Schools.html

If you would like to see how SETDA is modernizing the E-rate in your State, see:
http://www.setda.org/priorities/equity-of-access/e-rate-modernization/

So Where in ESSA are the Libraries?

Based on the ESSA Final Conference Report (I shared the document with you in the Thursday article mentioned above), here are page numbers concerning digital education and libraries:
1) Page 138, school libraries and their programs to be updated to digital
2) Page 323, school libraries and their programs must offer digital courses to all school leaders
3) Page 343, school libraries and their programs to lead all school employees in digitally led courses as part of ‘safe schools’
4) Page 384, possible U.S. Dept. of Ed Secretary awarded grants for school libraries and digital led programming
5) 387, all libraries (school or public) are included, with museums, non-profits, and post-secondary educational instututions
6) Page 515, after school programs via extended public library services/hours
7) Page 1,000, authorizes the LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grant money to be used for technology upgrades and/or purchases for digital education for all
8) Page 1,037, embeds the Museum and Library Services Act, MLSA

 

 Related Information:

Kipp has partnered with several post-secondary institutions in America to continue the CCSS Machine’s alignment. See:
http://www.kipp.org/our-approach/kipp-through-college/college-partnerships

The Gates Foundation-friendly Education Week has an article you will need to access as well. It deals with the E-rate legislation (a federal level law which impacts all 50 States) and its role in digital education. See: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/DigitalEducation/2015/10/e-rate_application_toolkit.html
In contrast, I wrote an anti CCSS Warrior article about the E-rate legislation back in 2014 for Prevent Common Core’s website. See: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1223

The Federal Learning Registry is slam full of massive data mining via digital education.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/monday-musings-assessments-data-mining/

SETDA’s role in ridding the world of printed textbooks:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/sic-em-saturday-creatively-turning-the-usa-common/

For LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) see my previously published article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/27/monday-musings-hitting-the-books/

For how much MLSA (Museum and Library Services Act) grant money your State has been awarded, see:
https://www.imls.gov/grants/grants-states


 

RMT: The Other Side of the ESEA Battle?!

One set of voices urges Congress to save our children; one set of voices urges Congress to correct proposed legislation.
One set of voices urges Congress to save our children; one set of voices urges Congress to correct proposed legislation.

Good Warrior Day to you, anti CCSS fighters. We’ve been gearing up for a ‘showdown’ so to speak for months now over HR5, S1177, and  other proposed CCSS/CTE laced legislative bills before Congress in Washington. It’s down to the wire. The voting surrounding most of these is set to possibly happen in a couple of days.

While those of us fighting to END the newer versions of the ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act), there are those pushing to FIX the newer versions! No, this fact isn’t new news, but what is new, is the amount of fervor on the ‘fix it’, ‘get it right’, or that other pro CCSS aspect; the ‘pass it now!’ groups.
We’ve seen the #StopECAA, #StopCommonCore, and other Twitter handles used to raise awareness for the HOW and WHY our education system needs to be set free from the illegally based CCSS. We know how often those social media outlets (and many others related) are shared in an effort to get all anti CCSS warriors in the game. Case and point, today, many anti CCSS warriors will be active in the efforts to STOP Congress.

Many of our fellow anti CCSS warriors have exposed those from the ‘pass it now’ group of pro CCSS sections, but have we really looked at the ‘fix it’ sector? I think we should.

#getESEAright:

It appears this Twitter handle is related to the NEA (National Educators Association). Specifically an offshoot of their 2015 Conference going on now. (another riddle for today could be ‘Why is the NEA 2015 Conference so conveniently scheduled before a huge voting issue in the U.S. Congress?’ However, I’m digressing with that query.) It’s important to note that the NEA is very supportive of the CCSS Machine. (see:
http://www.nea.org/home/46653.htm)

Here’s a screen shot for youas proof of the Twitter page and its related group:
getright

So, what are some of the ‘getting it right’ parts of ESEA?

According to these attendees of the NEA2015:
One conference attendee’s tweet, “All Kentucky students deserve an opportunity to learn and be successful!”

A member from NY, “Please speak up for students to #getESEAright. The Every Child Achieves Act is a good start.” (this same person said the ESEA is ‘standing up’ for students)

Here’s a visual from another ‘tweet’:

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From NC, where I live, comes this picture of an unknown person. This particular picture was used as a way to influence the elected officials this went to. If you live in NC, you know these officials voting records concerning CCSS and/or education.

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The AFT (American Federation of Teachers) is gathering at least 10,000 letters to the U.S. Senate in support of the ESEA, so far not quite 2, 500 have been sent. If you’d like to see the letter, https://actionnetwork.org/letters/pass-the-every-child-achieves-act

Believe me, there’s much more on this particular Twitter page.

One point I must stress however, is this:
While most of the sentiment is correct that the versions of the ESEA on the table need to be overhauled, the danger is in the rhetoric of just WHAT needs correction. If you look at the above evidence, note what’s been generalized..what’s taught. It seems the ONLY specific this ‘get it right’ group is after is ending the testing, or ending the ‘teaching to the test’.

While these are worthy goals, the overall CCSS/CTE alignment is completely UNSPOKEN! CCSS/CTE is SO toxic to our education we MUST not leave any portion OUT when seeking change! To do so, is to not protect our students and teachers ENOUGH.

If we aren’t specific about ending CCSS/CTE alignment how can we expect Congress to abandon it?!

One last visual you need to see, as an anti CCSS Warrior:

If you don't know what groups NASBE holds allegiance to, here's my previously published article exposing Gates, Pearson, and other key CCSS Machine members. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/sic-em-saturday-do-you-know-nasbe/
If you don’t know what groups NASBE holds allegiance to, here’s my previously published article exposing Gates, Pearson, and other key CCSS Machine members. (see below)

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/sic-em-saturday-do-you-know-nasbe/
This one lays out the money and agenda

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/fom-the-ccssos-hungry-eyes/
This one lays out the agenda and ties to the NGA (National Governors Assoc.) and the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers)

What’s also being left unsaid is how all of this is tied to the overhauling of the HEA (Higher Education Act) and the overhauling of the Zero to Three Year Olds.

(*NOTE: CCSS/CTE are heavily laced in the HEA! I just published a huge article yesterday on how the CCSS/CTE agenda is being geared for the little ones.) 

We, as anti CCSS warriors and citizens only have today to fight. We’ve not a clue if we’ll be blessed with a tomorrow.

We’ve ONE ‘shot’ to make our voices heard. We’ve ONE opportunity to expose our Congress members to the TOTAL array of CCSS/CTE issues laced in ALL the education proposed legislation. We’ve not time to pick and choose parts of CCSS/CTE to hold on to, or to see improved. Common Core/Career and Tech Education is ALL illegally based, untested, not educator based, and UNACCEPTABLE!

After much research, time, and effort: my 2014 jpeg creation showing CCSS is preK to post-secondary.
After much research, time, and effort: my 2014 jpeg creation showing CCSS is preK to post-secondary.

Tech Thursday: Breaking News Update

Hi Warriors,

Two days ago, I broke the news via my blog that 5 states had been fast tracked by the Federal government to renew ESEA/NCLB waivers (which means renewing Common Core, Career Tech Ed, College/Career Ready Standards and all the other portions of ‘fed led ed’, the P3 (Public, private partnership) CCSS Machine we’ve become saddled with. For today’s “Tech Thursday”, we’ll be looking much further into exactly what each of the 5 states (NC, NM, KY, VA, and MN) are in for. All this just a few days before the massive HR5 (Student Success Act) is supposed to be voted on. I must point out, this is an extremely detailed article. Much information the states not chosen need to use as tools. 

In Case You Missed It:

 Here’s the published article link from a couple of days ago: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/31/breaking-news-feds-re-up-5-states-for-esea-waivers/

The Technical Details:

Knowing there are 5 states which were chosen because of their diligence in jumping through the CCSS laden hoops, is certainly bad enough. However, just WHAT did each of the states promise the feds in order to be chosen? Below you’ll see NC’s promises (click to enlarge it).


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Technical Detail #1: December 2014 is when the ball got rolling on this ‘request’. To be precise, using the NC DPI (North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction) information, Dec. 18th, 2014. Notice was posted on the NC Public Schools Public Comments page, as well as sent on to principals, teachers, education partners, and others.

Technical Detail #2: January 2015’s meeting is where the information from previous ESEA face-to-face meetings of Title One COPs (Committee of Practitioners) was taken into consideration for the ‘request to renew’ ESEA/NCLB waivers. Not surprisingly, the vote was unanimous to proceed with renewing NC’s commitment to CCSS/CTE/CCR.

Techncial Detail #3: Of all the information spread across NC to announce public comment was needed (Dec. 2014) only 3 responses were received! One disgusted assistant principal over high-stakes assessments and 2 from a superintendent’s office questioning the process wasn’t including enough people.

Technical Detail #4: At  several educational meetings spread out across the state and involving all sort of ‘stakeholders’, ‘various aspects of renewal’ were discussed. One NC State Board of meeting (12/4/14); one NC Superintendent’s Quarterly meeting (12/5/14); one Northwest (NC) Principals’ Advisory Council meeting (12/9/14); one AIG(Academically and/or Gifted Intelligence) Regional Leadership meeting (involved school districts leaders from all 8 regions of the SBE {meaning NC’s State Board of Education}. This meeting was held 12/16 and 17/14; one P-20W(Preschool to Grade 20/ Workforce) Policy Council  meeting on 1/6/15 {the Council contains the following members: early education, K-12 education, higher education institutions {meaning community colleges/universities}, independent colleges/universities, AND the NC Dept. of Commerce}; another Title One COPs meeting (1/12/15); one conference call meeting with two members of the NC Governor’s Education staff (1/12/15); one meeting with several members of the Executive Committee of the NCSSA (NC School Superintendent’s Association) held 1/13/15; another meeting of the Northwest PAC (see above), 1/14/15; and one meeting between 20 school superintendents with the Executive Director of the NCSSA (see above) at the Next Generation Superintendent Development Program, held 1/15/15. The feedback from all these meetings helped shape the ‘request’ NC submitted to renew the ESEA/NCLB waivers. More assessments are in store for NC students, or so it appears. (you’ll need to see page 64 of the pdf)

Technical Detail #5: Should any new legislation impact the conditions of the renewal ESEA/NCLB waivers, we’re not to worry, the U.S. Dept. of Education has a process for that.

Technical Detail #6: To be thoroughly compliant with the ESEA/NCLB renewal request, NC granted its SPAC (Superintendent’s Parent Council) the opportunity for feedback, 1/22/15. (The SPAC was formed in 2013 as a sort of watchdog group) The only discussion or feedback was the topic of schools receiving letter grades (A-F) and if this is a federal condition or state led. According to the application request, staff members clarified it was a state requirement.

Technical Detail #7: The NCAE (NC Association of Educators) met to discuss the renewal request and (no surprise here) in full support. (*Note: you can see that letter in one of the attachments to the renewal request NC submitted, in the pdf provided)

The ‘smoking gun’ in all this?  NC requested the renewal in exchange for continued rigor!

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To see the entire multi-page renewal request (where you can access all kinds of information connected to NC’s Educational realm): nc3reqatt32015

NC Related sites: The NW NC Regional ESA: http://www.nwresa.org/NWRESA_News%202014-15.htm
The NC AIG: http://ncaig.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Home
The NC P20W Council: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/data/ncp-20w/

Up Next: MN

Why would I go here, after all the buzz is MN doesn’t have CCSS. Well, that’s not exactly true. According to one of my warrior followers, I’ve been told what really is happening there. CCSS is in the state, just not like it is in the others (gee, didn’t TX and VA have similar ‘songs’?) Let’s also keep in mind the U.S. Dept. of Ed picked these 5 states due to their exemplary work in College/Career Readiness, etc. Back to my warrior’s words about CC in MN, “We are the ONLY state that has never had any hearing on CC. We can’t get our Dems or Repubs to talk about it openly/ Our legislators need a wake up call/We’ve (those opposed to CCSS) have been working hard.” My friend went on to share that while the exchanges thus far between citizens/legislature have been friendly, there’s been zero action. So, with that let’s see the Technical Details to their ESEA/NCLB ‘request’:

Technical Detail #1: This 2015 ESEA/NCLB waiver is considered a progress step in the state’s 7 pronged plan. While you can see the 7 points in the entire document, it’s the group of folks which were involved in making this request from the U. S. Dept. of Ed:

Look at the P3s! (Public, private partnerships)
Look at the P3s! (Public, private partnerships)

Technical Detail #1 for MN: all that college/career readiness will be the line in the sand for which all connected accountabality to proceed. (see page 19)

Technical Detail #2 for MN: federal funds via the ESEA/NCLB means more access to data collection. (see page 19)

Technical Detail #3 for MN: The acceptance of CCR standards (in at least ELA or Math) is clearly marked. (see page 21)

Technical Detail #4 for MN: The academic standards for Math are on the bubble for being updated. Watch to see how CCSS is (or isn’t) factored in. (see page 23)

Technical Detail #5 for MN: Working with the ADP Alignment Institutes, MN’s P-16 system for prepping students for work ready or college attendance. (see page 24)

Technical Detail #6 for MN: CCR (College/Career Readiness) Standards were created in MN (see page 24)

Technical Detail #7 for MN: MN’s a member of a global group, WIDA (World-Class Instructional and Assessments). See page 25.

To see MN’s entire waiver: mnreq32015 (1)
To learn more about ADP Institutes (American Diploma Project): http://www.achieve.org/adp-network
To see MN’s P20 (preschool to grade 20) efforts, which encompass P16 work, too: http://www.mnp20.org/

Then, There’s VA:

Here’s another state that has been reported as not having CCSS/CCR/CTE. However, look at the screen shot of their recently approved renewal request:

College/career readiness in VA. Tell me that's not CCSS.
College/career readiness in VA. Tell me that’s not CCSS.

The Technical Details:

Technical Detail #1 for VA: Their revisions for ESEA/NCLB waivers began back in 2013. Then, 2014 brought an extension of the waivers. In the first 3 months of 2015, VA sought out to renew their waivers.

Technical Detail #2 for VA: College/Career Readiness and Career Tech Ed have been in place in VA since the early 80s; however when any state or school receives Perkins Funding in these modern times, you’re getting funding that aligns you to CCSS’ version. Same can be said for IDEA funding, Titles 1, 1b, 4, 9, and any other one. One quick look at VA’s CTE page and you’ll see the 16 Career Clusters.

Technical Detail #3 for VA: Bring on the 21st Century Community Learning Centers! (Condition #10 on page 5)

Technical Detail #4 for VA: “Next Generation Assessments”, page 17

Technical Detail #5 for VA: Step up the data mining, page 17

Technical Detail #6 for VA: All the College Board, ACT, Inc., IB, AP, early college strappings the rest of America is experiencing, VA is embracing or about to. See pages 19-51.

VA’s Smoking Gun? By accepting renewed waivers and the alignment that goes with it the ‘implementation’ factor grows!

To see VA’s full ESEA/NCLB document: va4req32015

To see VA’s CTE website: http://www.cteresource.org/about/ (*Note: be sure to see the brightly colored CTE logos at the bottom right. If you’ve followed my blog long, you’ll recognize these as CCSS aligned all the way)

To see VA’s Student Longitudinal Data Mining: http://research.schev.edu/apps/info/Articles.The-Virginia-Longitudinal-Data-System.ashx

Heads Up, KY!:

It’s widely known that KY was the first state saddled with CCSS. So, why are the folks in charge of education going back for more?!

Technical Detail #1 for KY: In 2014, those in charge looked at the previous 3 years data to see where extension of the ESEA/NCLB needed to continue ‘validity, reliability, and fairness’. (see page 16)

Technical Detail #2 for KY: After announcing plans for renewal went state-wide, only 390 responses were recorded. (see page 25)

Technical Detail #3 for KY: ‘UnBridled Learning’ will continue on and make more changes via the waiver.

http://education.ky.gov/comm/ul/Pages/default.aspx
http://education.ky.gov/comm/ul/Pages/default.aspx

Technical Detail #4 for KY: The entire goal for the 2015 approved waiver from KY is ‘career/college ready for ALL students’. The graphic on page 33 explains in much better than I can.

To see KY’s entire waiver request (which is extremely worthy as an anti CCSS tool): ky3req32015

New Mexico!:

The final state is New Mexico. Oddly enough, NM hasn’t updated their ESEA/NCLB waiver request since 2011.

Technical Detail #1 for NM: In the waiver request an acknowledgement to a private philanthropic foundation in helping fund the implementation of CCSS (see page 28) with a grant to the Public Education Dept. of NM is made.

Technical Detail #2 for NM: Using the letter grades to reward or punish entire schools (see page 18 for a short description).

Technical Detail #3 for NM: Full implementation means full CCSS assessment for all students. (see page 20)

Technical Detail #4 for NM: see the legislative moves made to entrench CCSS/CTE/CCR:

nmwaive

To see NM’s full waiver request: nmreq32015
To see NM’s PED: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/index.html (*Note: the smiling face of the official you see was at one time an underling for Jeb Bush)

Closing:

While this has been a long article, I hope you’ve been able to see the similarities from each of the 5, after all, they were chosen as leaders. You need to know (if you haven’t read each of their waiver requests), that the number 1 priority was College/Career Readiness. Each state also pledged to up the ante for 21st Century Community Learning Centers. All of them agreed to more AP courses, more College Board, and more indoctrination!

WYBI Wednesday: RttT, STEM, Education Waivers

Thus far this week, there’s been  a timely inter-connected theme for my :education waivers, Common Core, and our individual states are being impacted. Today’s post is no different.

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I broke this article late last night to my fellow NC anti CCSS warriors due to the 2 day State Board of Ed meeting beginning in just a little while. However, there is much for the rest of the states to use as information. I encourage you to review the past 2 days posts if you would like to use all 3 of the waiver posts as weapons. Today’s article, how the waivers continue to point back to Race to the Top.

Thanks to transparency, accountability laws, and requests for information, our job of finding tools to fight Common Core has been made SO much easier. Recently I was tipped off about a regularly scheduled State Board of Education meeting happening today and tomorrow here in NC. One of the agenda items caught my eye. NOT for the subject matter, but for the ‘Network’ mentioned. In fact, it’s called the “RttT STEM Affinity Network”.

The RttT STEM Affinity Network:

Housed in NC’s Dept. of Public Instruction is this ‘lovely’ component given to us, the citizens by the Race to the Top funding, that also ‘gave’ us Common Core. If you are new to my blog, you’ll need to know that STEM was the main agenda item set up by the PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) who, in turn, created a game plan given to the White House. Common Core was the ‘perfect’ guise to use in incorporating STEM into our lives. (see:  https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/)

Here’s an excerpt from the NC DPI on the “Affinity Network”, “The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s (NCDPI) dedication to building a world-class workforce through innovative STEM education has partnered with The North Carolina New Schools to build a network of STEM-themed high schools throughout the state. North Carolina New Schools in collaboration with NCDPI has identified 20 themed high schools tied to the economic development of the state.  These schools serve as either Anchor or Affiliate Network high schools that reflect the areas workforce development in either: Aerospace, Security, and Automation, Biotechnology and Agriscience, Energy and Sustainability, or Health and Life Sciences.” 

NC New Schools is Gates Funded since 2006. Over $1 million dollars has been given to the project. http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2006/04/OPP41526
NC New Schools is Gates Funded since 2006. Over $1 million dollars has been given to the project. See:
http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2006/04/OPP41526

To see the NC DPI’s website page on the other items related,

 http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stem/schools/rttt/

Enter the ‘Consortium for Educational Research-North Carolina’:

Known as CERE-NC for short, this group has been crucial in reporting the success of NC’s use of RttT funding when it comes to the partnership project of NC New Schools and STEM Affinity Network.  The STEM report I found on-line from this group, (which consists of SERVE Center of the University of Greensboro, Friday Institute (a  pro CCSS group)housed at the NC State University, The University of NC at Chapel Hill, NC Institute of Public Policy) Why a STEM report? It was part of NC’s Race to the Top Evaluation and a kind of ‘where do we go from here’ message. I’ve included the final version of the 2013 CERE-NC, STEM Affinity Report for you. RttT-STEM_Y3-Report_FINAL_12-05-2013

Here’s a list of the items most crucial to our fight:

  • 2013 marks Year 3 of NC’s RttT involvment, according to the report, page 181
  • New Schools and Friday Institute were deemed ‘objective’ in their findings, page 180
  • The Appendices, especially the Curriculum Development and Student Surveys, begins on page 78
  • A 4th year report which was to be finalized in Sept. 2014 should reveal where the Network under the RttT Initiative is headed. (see page 75) Why this is important is since the RttT funding is be non existent beyond 2014, what replaces it will be in question.

‘The primary focus of implementation in the schools is on changing instruction to incorporate the Common Instructional Framework across all subject areas, while development of STEM projects and themes is a secondary focus.’ (an excerpt from page 74) In reference to certain Affinity schools visited.

Reoccurring themes I saw:  Use of data collection; use of digital technology; more student led teaching; needing the staff and community buying-in; how great STEM/CCS are; leaving larger schools and creating smaller, comprehensive schools; combining early college that streamlines/aligns and thereby over-emphasizing the need for college/career readiness; confusion over which group schools should be accountable to, LEAs, NC’s Dept. of Public Instruction or the NC New Schools. STEM’s underlying agenda that depends on extending ‘learning’ into 21st Century Community Learning Center activities; big dependence on P3s (Public Private Partnerships) like SAS (a well known Common Core supporter and data mining company); ‘rigor’; ‘relevance’; ’21st Century skills’.

Before we move on..

Here’s one principal’s view, “With the Common Core and NSP [New Schools Project], it’s all about critical thinking and problem solving and that’s what we’re leaning towards more and more and we’re trying to move away from the traditional sit and get. . . . I would say that 80 to 85% of the faculty have embraced the [NC New Schools Design Principles]. We have very few naysayers.”

How this ties to the educational waivers:

Since I just published this on Monday, a couple of days ago, I know that it means for NC, continued implementation of everything that was included in our initial application. Here’s an excerpt, ““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.” ” (see the rest: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/01/monday-musing-educational-waivers-friend-or-foe/)

So, does your state have a STEM Affinity Network or a CERE?

Not by those exact names, however. I did find the following that may help you track down the STEM/RttT connections for your states.

  • Battelle (http://www.battelle.org/our-work/stem-education/stem-learning-networks) manages at least 2 STEM networks with funding from the Gates Foundation. The Ohio STEM Learning Network (http://www.osln.org/hubs/), the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (where they were the pilot program for STEM Boy Scouts programming), see their strategy plan until 2018: http://thetsin.org/news/resource/tennessee-stem-stragegic-plan/
  • Battelle also manages the STEMx Network, which covers many of the States. The tag line for STEMx, “Transforming STEM Education and Workforce Development in the states, by the states.” (http://www.stemx.us/about/) Member states: MI, TX, OK, NM, NC, ID, IN, OR, KY, WA, NY, AZ, CA, GA, and DC (District of Columbia).
  • IF you do not see your state listed above OR if you want to find out more from your state listed above, follow these suggestions:
  • Check with your state’s Dept. of Public Instruction, remember, I found my journey beginning at the State Board of Education’s meeting agenda announcement.
  • Notice over the past 3 days when I’ve written about waivers and education, how many colleges and universities are involved. Check your state’s higher educational institutions. Much of the research pertaining to your state will be housed there, studied there, or involved in some way. Think outside the colleges of education, if needed. I found one educational research group hidden in the college of surgery and physicians because it was considered a science project.
  • Go back to the initial RttT application for your state. See what provisions your State Board of Ed promised. Follow the paper trail from there. Each plan had to be reviewed, accepted as a draft, affirmed as an action, then a copy returned to each state. Follow ups by the state level education departments has had to be made each year. You should be able to access each of those reports.
  • Check where your state is in the Waiver re-authorization process. See my post from Monday of this week on where to access that information.
  • IF all else fails, exercise your citizen’s right to a FOIA letter (Freedom of Information Act).
  • Remember, even IF your state didn’t receive the initial RttT funding, each state is impacted by the educational waivers, by workforce, and by STEM. Being sold by at least 13 federal agencies, promoted by the U.S. President’s massive budget for it, and all the clamor of the public private partnerships, STEM will NOT be going away.

Related resources:

From the US Dept of Ed, their STEM page, http://www.ed.gov/stem

From the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, a paper about the rise of STEM in America (be sure to note how the National Science Foundation had a big hand in this, then refer back to the PCAST report and connect the dots): http://www.iteea.org/Resources/PressRoom/AustraliaPaper.pdf

Finally, if you would like any more suggestions, have any leads from your states, or have questions, comments to send my way, I’d love to hear from you. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your fight.

WYBI Wednesday: National Center for Post Secondary Research and CCSS

It’s “Would You Believe It Wednesday” and I cannot think of a better follow up for this week’s “From the File Tuesday” about SHEEO, the CCSSO, and CCSS than today’s eye-opener of a research paper by the NCPSR (National Center for Post Secondary Research) describing in detail the purposed implementation of CCSS!!

Yet another bullet of truth today. Share!!
Yet another bullet of truth today. Share!!

In our above photo we see a young lady, possibly a college age student. Today’s post is for you, sweetie, and the millions just like you. Desiring to move ahead on life’s path, with Common Core standing in your way.

National Center for Post Secondary Research:

In February 2013, a paper was published by the Center about the need for Common Core in post secondary schools. However, let me share just which groups make up the Center before we get into the bullets of truth for today.

1) The Center is comprised of the following schools, organizations: Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Harvard University, The Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, MDRC (formerly known as the Manpower Demonstration Research Council; it’s a education policy group), and the University of Virginia.

2) The Center was founded by funding provided by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Institute of Educational Sciences.

3) The 2013 “Working Paper” for today’s ‘Would you believe it?’ is titled ‘Common Core State Standards: Implications for Community Colleges and Student Preparedness for College’ 

The Paper:

Here’s an excerpt from the opening pages, “Based on a review of literature and on interviews with individuals involved in the CCSS nationally and in Washington, Florida, and Kentucky, this paper outlines the development of the CCSS and the CCSS-aligned assessments, the involvement of higher education representatives in their design and implementation, and how the CCSS and the aligned assessments can be used to support the mission of community colleges.” 

The introduction goes on to state the 2 national assessments will be used, later in the paper, they will be announced, but I think you can guess, right? PARCC and SBAC. The paper will go on to state that standards haven’t been consistent and that has posed a problem. If you’ll remember I wrote my very first “Tech Thursday” post about the “Adult CCSS” and how the Common Core was intentionally chosen. (see 9/4/14’s “Common Core After High School, a Reality Check”)

Pages 3  and 4 highlight some “College and Career Readiness” Partnerships, but not to the extent yesterday’s post did.

You’ll find the research questions used in this study on page 9, and below:

1. “What role has higher education played in the development and
implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and aligned
assessment systems?
2. How is the implementation of the CCSS and their aligned assessment
systems unfolding in three selected states? What has been the role of higher
education in these states?
3. What are the policy and practice implications for community colleges of the
CCSS and their aligned assessment systems, particularly in light of recent
research by CCRC and others?”

The three data sources for the results of the above questions?? The 3 groups we learned about yesterday!! The CCSSO (Chief Council of State School Officers), the SHEEO (States Higher Education Executive Officers), and the AASCU (American Association of State Colleges and Universities).

Note: the 3 selected states are FL, WA, and KY, see their side by side comparison of implementation, complete with details notes, on page 20. I’ve included a few highlights from the 3 states below:

1) Florida’s role in the CCSS implementation process for higher ed, “Both the Florida College System, which consists of 28 community and state (four-year) colleges, and the 12 public universities that make up the Florida State University system have been involved from the beginning with alignment  discussions related to the PARCC assessments. “ Followed by, “A Florida state statute maintains that high schools must administer a college readiness
assessment in 11th grade to students that score within a certain range on the state assessment exam, the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0). School districts may use any Florida State Board of Education–approved assessment, and many districts have chosen the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT) for this purpose. If a student does not attain the college-ready cutoff score on the PERT, she is required to take college postsecondary preparatory instruction, called College Success and College Readiness courses. This set of courses is comprised of college developmental education courses offered at the high school level and is aligned to the CCSS and to college-level competencies.”

2) KY’s role in the CCSS implementation process for higher ed, “The appearance of the CCSS was timely for Kentucky. In 2009, legislators enacted a new state law, Senate Bill 1 (SB1), which required the state to revamp both its standards and assessments by spring 2012. SB1 included a mandate that the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE), the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE), and the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) collaborate to create a unified college and career readiness plan that would lead to a reduction in remediation rates and an increase in college graduation rates (Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, 2013)” Following that, “…. implications of the CCSS for universities and two-year colleges, such as how these new standards would impact the teaching of introductory-level general education courses. Among the three states profiled for this study, Kentucky was the only state where those interviewed reported that the higher education sector had played a substantial role in reviewing and providing feedback on the drafts of the CCSS.” Then, “The higher education sector was also involved in developing a statewide definition of college and career readiness, also required by SB1.”

3) Washington’s role in the CCSS implementation process for higher ed, “According to a state higher education official, the higher education sector played no formal role in the early stages of the adoption process for the standards and, outside of connections to teacher education programs, there had been minimal outreach to higher education representatives to participate. However, they have become more involved with the
CCSS implementation process in recent months.  Washington, like Florida, partners with Core to College to encourage K–12 and high education alignment activities.” 

Key to the 3 states are funding, legislation, and timing in the successes or setbacks in implementing CCSS in higher education. Beginning on page 33 is how the other states will be impacted, if they haven’t been already. This encompasses ‘dual enrollment’ programs (in NC, it’s called “Career and College Promise”), on-line classes, and more! On page 36, see how the community colleges curriculum will change, if it hasn’t already. Here in NC, all the community colleges are already aligned to CCSS, textbooks, assessments, and lesson plans all reflect it. **Note, if you have a student in a community college, ask to see the textbooks, the on-line portions of their course work OR have them understand what to look for in regards to CCSS aligned materials! I have a community college student, I’ve seen the textbooks..they are NOT better, in spite of what we’ve been told. Professors HATE teaching the CCSS at this particular school, but must or they have no job!

On page 38, the CCSS alignment between high schools and community colleges via partnerships begins. From the Appendices (you’ll really want to look there), is this lovely note, “Only seven states (Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York,
North Carolina, and West Virginia) have completed plans in all three areas
(Porter et al., 2012).” This is in reference to where are the other states in the process of implementing and aligning to CCSS in higher education. Link to the entire study: http://www.postsecondaryresearch.org/i/a/document/25958_common-core-state-standards_2.pdf

The MDRC:

I’m highlighting this organization because while it’s a partner in all this, it’s one we know very little about. Not anymore!

The formerly named “Manpower Demonstration Research Council” was created back in 1974 by the Ford Foundation and a select group of federal agencies. In 2003, the group trademarked a new name, “MDRC”. It’s non partisan, non profit. MDRC address education and social issues especially when impacting the low-income population. You’ll want to see the rest of their history and where they’ve worked (hint: more than the USA). See: http://www.mdrc.org/about/about-mdrc-history

Among its Board members are representatives from pro Common Core schools or organizations such as the Brookings Institute and Harvard. (there are others, too).

Among the funders are the following Federal agencies,

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • U.S. Department of Labor
  • U.S. Social Security Administration
  • National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

 

Known and identified pro Common Core supporters:

The National Governors Association, The Joyce Foundation, Carnegie Corporation, Knowledge Works, The Gates Foundation, AIR (American Institutes for Research) HOWEVER, there is an incredible amount of support via many other organizations, public and private! See the entire list of shame, http://www.mdrc.org/about/funders-mdrcs-projects

Their report, published in 2011, focused on ‘career focused learning community’. Also in conjunction with the NCPR.  Helping fund the paper among our known supporters, was the MDRC Endowment.

“Contributors to the MDRC Endowment include Alcoa Foundation, The Ambrose Monell
Foundation, Anheuser-Busch Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Ford Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, The Grable Foundation, The Lizabeth and Frank Newman Charitable Foundation, The New York Times Company Foundation, Jan Nicholson, Paul H. O’Neill Charitable Foundation, John S. Reed, Sandler Foundation, and The Stupski Family Fund, as well as other individual contributors.”

Why this study bears investigating: 21st Learning Communities are a very real threat to our American way of life. I’ve written about them, so have others. It’s a portion of the Agenda 21, global mindset where a school becomes more than a learning institution, but the community center where every service is offered. With “Knowledge Works” involved (see above) I’ve seen their ideal of the “Strive Together” communities, 90 strong already in working order across the US. “Cradle to Career for EVERY Student” is their mindset.

Link to the MDRC’s study: http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/Breaking%20New%20Ground%20ES.pdf

A division of Knowledge Works, which is an arm of the CCSSO.
A division of Knowledge Works, which is an arm of the CCSSO.

In Closing:

If you didn’t find your state community colleges listed, don’t relax for a minute! Remember the Career Pathways are ALSO in our community colleges and high schools. As you have learned 4 year high education institutions ARE not EXEMPT from Common Core!