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The Great Education Experiment

Nothing beats a trained mind, right?

Nothing beats a trained mind, right?

For those of us who are opposed to the illegally based education reform tactics we are seeing sweep our nation, I have some new news for you. We, the anti CCSS/CCRS (Common Core State Standards/College and Career Readiness Standards), know quite a bit about what is happening in education. But did you know the U.S. Dept. of Education is in the midst of conducting an educational experiment on your secondary and post-secondary students?! Read on, my Warriors!


The Announcement:

As seen on a website called the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP):

To see the entire picture, visit: http://www.nacep.org/calendar/
To see the entire picture, visit: http://www.nacep.org/calendar/

What Does This Mean?

First, let us see where ‘dual enrollment’ or ‘concurrent enrollment’ phrases are written into the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).
Pages 121, 137, 167 (3 times), 173, 186, 303, 306, 323, 343, 395, 427, 460, 464, 476, 780, 917 (‘concurrent’ is used here in reference to a particular Senate committee and is asking that a posthumous honor be granted),  and 991.

Page 121 applies dual/concurrent enrollment to IB and AP courses (International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement). Page 137 applies dual/concurrent enrollment to identifying student interests/skills. Page 167 find the dual/concurrent enrollment phrase used 3 times as follows, a) in the title at the top of the page; b) in reference to low achieving students not meeting those ‘challenging  academic state standards’; c) in reference to funding schools receive. Page 173 uses the phrase for secondary school funding. Page 186 finds the phrase used in relation to private schools (see page 185 where the paragraph begins). Page 303 uses the phrase for teachers and their training/licensing. Page 306 uses dual/concurrent enrollment in reference to teacher interns. Page 323 finds the phrase used for school leaders (including teachers). Page 343 shows the phrase used for gifted students. Page 395, more school leadership via the LEAs (Local Education Agency). Page 427 is for the English language learners (ELLs). Page 460, finds dual/concurrent enrollment for underrepresented students (and includes improving student engagement. You will need to read from mid page 459 for context purposes). On page 464, on-line courses, especially those for CTE (Career Technical Education). Page 476 uses the phrase to define STEM curriculum, classes, courses, and exams (aka: assessments). Page 780 will use the phrase for defining the partnerships which must be in place to satisfy the dual or concurrent enrollment. Lastly, on page 991, you will find the phrase is used for spelling out credit bearing courses (will need to begin on page 990 for the entire passage).


So What is the Experiment?

From my research, the short answer would be: baiting students, regardless of age, to go through the college and career pathway. However, let us look at what evidence there is.

Before we get to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s “experiment”, note that the NACEP is promoting the Pell Grants first (Jan.11, 2016) before the Jan. 13th’s webinar for the “experiment”. {see the above screen shot}
According to the NACEP, the 11th’s broadcast will explore the opportunities to ‘leverage’ federal programs (such as the Pell Grants used in post-secondary education) for states and LEAs (local education agencies) to use are much increased, thanks to the ESSA’s passage into law. New funds will be available for the states to use to prioritize dual enrollment.
Then, on the 13th, they will join with the U.S. Dept. of Education to delve into the ‘experiment’.  Sounds so mysterious, doesn’t it?

Well, here is what NACEP wrote about it in a bit more detail, “The experiment will enable high school students enrolled in dual enrollment programs to access federal Pell Grants at participating institutions. Students who have attended a dual enrollment program are more likely to apply to, enroll in, and succeed at college. These students not only benefit from the academic experience of learning at a college level, but often are also better able to picture themselves in college, pursuing a postsecondary degree. To help students succeed in these programs, the Department of Education are seeking institutions offering structured programs that support students throughout the program.”

So the long answer is that the Experiment is looking for educational institutions to continue the CCR (college/career readiness) pathway for our students. States will get more money, students will be more aligned than ever and those profiting will just keep getting richer while our students continue their assigned tracks.


What the Fed Said:


According to the Federal Aid website, here is what I found out. There is a 28 page College Prep checklist for elementary on up to adult students to guide them in 3 areas: a) finding money, b) taking the right classes, and c) choosing the right career. You can access the checklist, https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/sites/default/files/college-prep-checklist.pdf
According to the checklist, the U.S. Dept. of Education is the MAIN source of funding for students seeking higher education! The checklist also steers you to the U.S. Dept. of Labor’s website, ‘What’s My Next Move?’. See the screen shot below:

See the rest of the pdf: http://www.careeronestop.org/TridionMultimedia/WMNM%20FINAL%20JAN%2007%202013_tcm24-13704.pdf
See the rest of the pdf:

One direct quote from the pdf document you see pictured above is “What’s My Next Move? is a career planning document designed to assist high school students in managing their education and career plans.”

Immediately following this is an on-line assessment the students should take, then record their scores in the provided blanks.



The CCSS/CTE/CCR Evidence Hidden in Plain Sight:

Now, where the CCSS/CCR/CTE (Common Core State Standards/College and Career Readiness/Career Technical Education) evidence shows up is all throughout this education/career guide.
1) You can see it refers to on-line assessing, to tailoring your education to that of a career, then you can see where the post-secondary tracks are pointed out via the technical training courses, the community college courses.
2) Then there is the O*NET (Occupational Information Network). This is a huge database of information which not only is accessible to our high school students, but any one seeking a job! It is also housed here in NC!! See this direct quote from the ‘about us’ section of the website, “The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce which operates the National Center for O*NET Development.”

This entire project is a P3 (public-private partnership). “The  Research Triangle Institute (RTI), the Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO), North Carolina State University (NCSU), MCNC, and Maher & Maher” are all in tandem with this Network of information. To see what each of the above P3 members do, see:
Funding the O*Net is the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

3)Notice that both the What’s My Next Move? and the O*Net are partners with the American Job Center Network. Who runs the AJCN (American Job Center Network)? The U.S. Dept. of Labor!  “The American Job Center Network is a unifying name and brand that identifies online and in-person workforce development services as part of a single network.” This quote is from the AJC’s website.
When you visit it to see for yourselves what else is there, be sure to notice the section of the website which points you from the federal level to the state level for Workforce Development. An example from NC (as of 2010) is featured below for Workforce Development. This particular image is what funding NC received from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Source: https://www.nccommerce.com/workforce/about-us/plans-policies-reports-initiatives/arra-projects
Source: https://www.nccommerce.com/workforce/about-us/plans-policies-reports-initiatives/arra-projects

4) As you have learned from my research, the Workforce Development aspect of CCSS/CCR is well documented. Part of NC’s efforts in regards to WD (Workforce Development) has resulted in NCWorks. I have exposed just how CCSS(Common Core)/CTE (Career Tech)/CCR (College and Career Ready) aligned NCWorks is. See my article from: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/10/weekend-news-collective-workforce/
Remember, anti CCSS Warriors, I use NC as example. Your state will also have this kind of one-stop-workforce-education model. Use the American Job Center’s website information to point you in the direction you can find the information in your state.


Before I Go:

I wanted to back track to NACEP (National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships) briefly. We know from the above information they fully supported the ESSA passage. But what more can I tell you that points to the CCSS Machine? From their last conference in 2015, the sponsors of the Conference are a Who’s Who Among CCSS Machine members. For instance, McGraw-Hill, ACT, Inc., and Syracuse University.
Many community colleges were involved as well.

If you aren’t convinced community colleges are Common Core/Career Tech aligned, please refer to my following articles:
From 2014, where you can find some of the early roots for alignment: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/18/tech-thursday-common-core-community-college/
From 2015, where you can read about NC (as an example) for dual enrollment and global ready workers: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/09/monday-musings-global-readiness-and-ccss/
From 2015, where you can see community colleges and Workforce: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/fyi-post-secondary-common-core-intel/

If you would like to see how Syracuse University is in the CCSS Machine via dual enrollment, be sure to visit the following link. Be sure you note how the pro CCSS Carnegie Foundation is in full support of the SU’s “Project Advance”.
This is from the Google Books ‘Intelligent Infrastructure’.


One last note of interest, notice that the U.S. Dept. of Education announced this ‘Experiment’ back in October 2015. This was still while Arne Duncan was in charge. Carrying on his work is now, John King. I don’t know about you, but I am beyond flummoxed at the use of our students for educational experiments!




Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Cartoons Get the CCSS Makeover

While the CCSS Machine has been pumping out videos galore, I found an entire CCSS cartoon channel that MacGraw-Hill recently tweeted about. (See the screen shot)

Sorry, you won't find the traditional cartoons on this channel.
Sorry, you won’t find the traditional cartoons on this channel.

Do you remember the fun we had watching Saturday morning cartoons? I know I would race to the TV set and try to beat my brothers to be able to find Bugs Bunny, Road Runner, and the rest of the ‘gang’. Something tells me those type of cartoons are long gone. Let’s take a deeper look, shall we?

MacGraw-Hill’s You Tube Channel:

Website address: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYmYDLb2oJqFmrlRnlKyw8ibFMHBtEyKA

What you’ll find is an entire list of ‘fun’ cartoons that will introduce key reading/language concepts to children. It’s part of the “Flex Literacy” Reading Program. Flex Literacy’s website can be found at: http://www.flexliteracy.com/

Nothing screams 'fun' like 'intervention!
Nothing screams ‘fun’ like ‘intervention!

The First Cartoon:

The very first cartoon McGraw-Hill features deals with ‘teaching’ kids about understanding conceptual words. The short video uses a pair of boys. One is grabbing a soda, the other warns about being careful when opening the can. The key concept clue the warning boy was giving the other boy was ‘It will burst.’ A few seconds later, after the can has, indeed fizzed all over the place, the boy warning states something about didn’t you understand I meant ‘explode’? Not to split hairs here, but if I’m really teaching conceptual words, I don’t need to be using 2 different synonyms until LATER in the process. Use one adjective to describe something. Then, once you fully understand it, ADD others. Also, if you look up the definitions of ‘burst’ and ‘explode’, you can understand why neither was the best choice for the lesson. However, the entire idea of teaching reading digitally is inappropriate. Children need interaction when learning the finesse of language. Remember, this is an introduction to a key reading skill.

Here’s the first cartoon:

What’s interesting is that the lesson on synonyms doesn’t follow the introduction. No, you’ll find that lesson way down the list at number 35. It is even incorrect. It explains that synonyms are different words which mean the same thing. No, that’s not the entire definition of a synonym. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary tells us that synonyms CAN be different words meaning the same thing, BUT it ALSO tells us that the different words can mean related (or similar) things. But the CCSS aligned cartoon left that important concept completely out of the cartoon.

The example? Interchanging ‘big’ for ‘huge’, ‘gigantic’, and ‘mammoth’. Each of the words CAN be a substitute for ‘big’, yet, think about when we were learning words. Each of these words in the ‘big’ family was used NOT as an interchangeable word, but in a series that denoted sizes increasing. When you factor in the missing part of the definition of a ‘synonym’ (see Merriam-Webster’s above), then you COULD interchange ‘big’, ‘huge’, and so on. But guess what? The ‘fun’ teaching cartoon DIDN’T share that!!

The same can be said for ‘tiny,’ or ‘little’; ‘same’ or ‘exact’. There are distinct differences in each of these words that not only shouldn’t be used as a substitute for each other, but should never be used together. It’s either ‘tiny’ or it’s ‘little’ (the definition for ‘tiny’ is that something is smaller than a ‘little’ something)…it’s not ‘tiny little’. It’s either ‘the same’ or ‘it’s exact’, it most definitely cannot be ‘same exact thing’! Look up the definitions!! What we are finding is that sloppy grammar is being taught in our classrooms! This is not a new problem. When you look at the language skills of our ancestors where reading, speaking, and writing capacities were almost 100%, our modern day use of our native tongue is horrid. Common Core is NOT helping turn poor language use around, nor is it teaching the proper use in the proper steps !!

To see video #35 about synonyms:

Back to “FlexLiteracy”:

According to their rhetoric, your struggling reader will be in for an experience that combines the best of digital, collaborative, and teacher-led learning..all so your reader can be college and career ready! Hhmm..so, the digital will have not only data mining, but embedded assessments. The collaborative portion will mean project based assignments, which may, or may not, mean group grades. The teacher led portion? Oh, that only comes into play based on what the digital portion reveals. Throughout the entire ‘intervention experience’ you can get all the 21st Century Skills, too! See for yourselves: http://www.flexliteracy.com/reading-intervention-program-experience Here’s an action step you can take while you dig into this site. Count the educratic buzzwords/CCSS doublespeak. Trust me, this site is chock full of them!

The Research:

Oddly enough, on the research page of the website, you’ll see customer reviews before the actual research data. Hhmm..no agenda, there, I suppose?! Here’s a principal’s view of how great a CCSS aligned reading intervention program is, “I think in meshing Intervention with the Common Core, it’s that bridge, where they can expand their learning and go into more rigor and depth”. If you want to read the research that’s not being hyped up on the website, Learner-Verification-Brochure-2014-SRA-FLEX-Literacy Again, as an action step, read the document, look for the buzzwords, especially how great the programs ‘decodes’ language. By the way, the authors of this highly researched program? Steeped in the CCSS. Also of note? The fact that the research group was spread across 4 states BUT used less than 200 students! How is this possible that such a small group was the proof needed for impacting thousands of students? See the purposed embedding of the CCSS ELA portions: flex_literacy_ccss

What Else You Can Do:

Since Saturday is the ‘action’ day here on CommonCoreDiva, you’ve already received 2 important things you can begin to dig into and use that knowledge in your states, school districts, and legislative meetings. However, there are other things to do, as well.

Get to the FlexLiteracy Resources: http://www.flexliteracy.com/resources

Since there’s ‘professional development’ involved, find out when the next training session is, see if you can attend, or help host a night for teachers/parents to go over what CCSS alignment is happening. Since your tax dollars fund the purchasing of such programs as FlexLiteracy, express your views! Don’t tolerate sloppy grammar..especially as CCSS teaches it!

Look into the school budgets for how much funding is devoted to CCSS programs like this. You can find line by line budgets (if not, per state law you can request the budget in a Freedom of Information Act letter). Look for IDEA funding, Titles 1, 1A, 1SIG, 1SES, Title 3, Investing in Innovation, Race to the Top grants, and those 21st Century Community Learning Centers. If you aren’t sure how 21st Century Community Learning Centers are not only CCSS aligned, but are funded by is provided by the U.S. Department of Education under Title IV, B of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). With the HR5 still viable, this is a huge action step! Use it! (*Note: to see all the articles I’ve published about 21st Century Community Learning Centers, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/tag/21st-century-learning-communities/)

My CCSS Cartoon:

In honor of my childhood cartoon hero, I am leaving you today with an anti CCSS cartoon that expresses my dislike of the remake of our English language.

bugs bunny - CCSS: OF COURSE YOU Know This Means war

FOM: Update on Christian Schools and Common Core

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.

Do to overwhelming response to my post today, I’m updating it to include all kinds of the information about Common Core in private, Christian schools. It has been epic in proportion!!!
First up, the original post included 2 photos will you notice are now removed at the request of the family involved. I am hereby rendering a public apology to any one who has been upset. My intent was to help raise awareness about how stealthily schools are implementing Common Core in private schools, Christian OR not.

It’s important to note, there are several parents, across the nation who WANT to get rid of Common Core, BUT like their schools. How you can help Fib-o-Meter Fridays: IF you have an issue you’ve seen in your school, or found something in your fight against CC worth exposing, let me know! We’ll get it out there to help spread awareness, expose the truth, AND give credible evidence to those in charge!!

Way Back “When”:

Before I had a blog of my own, I wrote several guest anti-CCSS posts on another blog. I’ve referred to LadyLiberty1885 several times. She and I met in the fight against Common Core here in NC. For today’s Fib-O-Meter Friday, I’ll be referring to one of my guest posts about how Common Core is in Christian private schools AND share with you some about a mom who’s just discovered how her child’s schools is giving CC to students, yet denying it.

First Up, the original:

For the entire post, see: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/07/guest-post-common-core-in-charters-private-homeschools/

An excerpt that’s still relevant: 

“The Common Core Propaganda Machine has to be recognized for the outstanding job it has done in the Common Core Standards nightmare. Why without it, we wouldn’t be under the impression that Common Core Standards are exclusive to public schools.

Without such ‘truth’ in our possession, it is no wonder more Americans (assuming you’ve heard of Common Core) relax a bit when they realize, ‘oh my kid is in a ___________ school!’ (you get to fill in the blank with “private”, “charter”, “home”.)”

Pointers We Need that Contain “Total Truths” about the “Total Fallacy” of CC:

1) CC seeks to render school choice void. While ‘choice’ is teased, look beneath the surface and more than likely CC is there.

2) More schools outside the public realm are choosing to align to the illegally implemented Standards because the fallacy of ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ has been ramped up to include your students futures.

3) National Associations governed by those who a) don’t know the whole story about CC; b) don’t care about the whole story; c) know it, yet use a don’t ask, don’t tell approach. In the original post (above) you’ll find just how the NAs joined to private schools have chosen to act.

4) For home education, many resources are out there ‘riding the fence’. That said, I believe it’s to continue to offer choice. Some homeschoolers seek to follow the mainstream, while others wish to follow their own lesson plans. A wonderful resource I suggest often (includes not only curricula, subjects, but has assessments, too), is the Homeschool Road Map’s Common Core Project by Tina Hollenbeck. To date, this is the only database I know of where things are broken down by ‘aligned to CC’, ‘somewhat’, or ‘independent of CC’.

Access to Mrs. Hollenbeck’s resource: http://www.hsroadmap.org/common-core-project/

Today’s Mom:

The mom who contacted me just yesterday about CC in her child’s private Christian school, had this to say, “Hi Lynne, is McGraw-Hill aligned with CC?” My response, “Yes, they are absolutely aligned.” Then “Mom” again, “And what about Harcourt Achieve Inc?” Harcourt, Achieve are 100% into ccss.” Finally from “Mom”, “I thought so. Our son is in a private Christian school too. Haven’t seen any crazy CC math…yet, but have seen 2 papers with unclear instructions. Thanks.” 

It was also shared that the leader of the class was contacted about confusing instructions; that the school had been repeatedly asked about the use of Common Core at all in the Christian private school. It was stated CC wouldn’t be an issue. Yet, why is this family, like others across America, receiving CC homeschool, curricula at their child’s private school? (for those answers, scroll back up to see the 4 main points)
I can tell you after, checking out the school’s policy, I noticed at least 3 subjects aligned on purpose to Common Core!! I’m only including information about those 3. I urge you, as a parent who may have students involved in any of these programs to learn more! Get involved and remove ANYTHING CC from your school (private, home, extra curricular, etc.)

The 3 subjects this Christian private school uses with CCSS:

  • Accelerated Reader Program
  • Math Stars Program
  •  Odyssey of the Minds

About ‘Math Stars’:

See the screen shot below,

No question here. The state depts of public instruction mentioned here all use CCSS.
No question here. The state depts of public instruction mentioned here all use CCSS.

See the entire “Math Stars” documents: http://mathlearnnc.sharpschool.com/resources/instructional_resources/other_dpi_math_resources/superstars_math_i_i_i_problem_solving_program/

Odyssey of the Mind:

While not in the same region of NC that Winston-Salem is in , I did find the Coastal Region’s OOM Parent guide which contains all the ways Oydessy of the Mind aligns to not only Common Core, but STEM and those 21st Century Learning Skills!! Here’s a screen shot:

See the rest of the Parents Guide: http://www.odysseyofthemind.com/downloads/stem_parent_brochure.pdf

Note: Think STEM is not a part of CC? See my post from 2014, PCAST, STEM and Common Core: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/

As far the Language Arts this particular school uses, we already have evidence it’s CC aligned, but here’s a link, http://www.commoncoresolutions.com/

Note: An interesting look at how Accelerated Reading Programs are constructed, taught, and assessed: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1130&context=reading_horizon

The Comments:

From Twitter, the best responses; “How do we get the Gov’t out of state ed?”

From Facebook, the best responses; “That’s what happens when these private schools buy texts from companies using common core. The text supposedly are CC aligned, but also supposedly not all CC. BUT even supposed non-CC lesson have common core in them.”; Wow!! I’d be livid!! Everyone I met last year on the private school tours were going there to get away from common core. Can’t imagine a school denying it! How wrong!!”; ” it is frightening because it seems ALL SCHOOLS–private/Christian included are getting on the CCSS bandwagon. They try to pretend they are not when directly asked and then when parents concerned about “accountability” ask–they say “yes we are aligned with the state standards and follow a curricula that enables the students to blah, blah..blah….”; “We’ve looked at many private schools in the area now and there seems to be a definite polarization–the schools for the rich are real “college-prep factories” for high achievers, and a lot of the same CCSS lingo is used but they are actually supporting their students to get there–some more so than others.”; “my daughter came home – 8 year old daughter, with a Judy Blume book today from said, private Christian school. I need heart attack meds.”; This is a huge problem because Christian schools often slobber over accreditation committees and generally have an inferiority complex about curriculum and want to be accepted. But even Christian College education departments are often pro Common Core and have no concept of parent anger over it.”; ” Oh my gosh!!! Yes, yes, yes!!! My daughters VERY expensive private school is insisting they are not using common core YET which math book are they using: Every day math with “common core aligned” right on the cover. And still saying they don’t use common core – I can’t understand how they say that with a straight face?”; “Why we must stop common core before it takes the choice out of private schooling, homeschooling and college.”; ” NO! not Odyssey…a very sad day indeed.”; and, finally, screw the state!”

From a NY Warrior has granted use of this evidence for not only private schools, but others in NY, click to enlarge:


So, as far as the Fib-o-Meter’s stance on Christian private schools and CC, I’d say it’s done a great job of exposing fallacies passed off as ‘nothing to be concerned about’.

Did today’s post stir a Common Core pot? Absolutely, but based on just these FEW comments I’ve shared, I would say it’s a pot that MUST be stirred.

I sincerely thank the parents who contact me in an effort to fight Common Core. That takes plenty of courage. To desire to keep their educational choice as is AND remain CC-Free, is, I believe, their Constitutionally protected privilege. Join me, help parents like this FIGHT Common Core IN ALL Educational Choices!!