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Skill Building the CCSS Way

Recently, anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, the CCSS Machine organization known as Act, Inc. (think high stakes assessments, data mining, and workforce based alignment) published a  paper about the ‘soft skills’ education alignment MUST include if we are to have employable students. It is the 2016 National Curriculum Survey (more about this later).

Many researchers, like myself, have been sharing with you over the years how the CBE (Competency Based Education) is a huge component of the illegally based education reformation we are witnessing. The evidence is plentiful, so I will not waste our time rehashing CBE’s roots.

I would like to point out to you this recent publication so we can see just how MUCH more propaganda the CCSS Machine has spun in regards to ‘soft skills’ and how ONLY the Common Core/ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)/HEA (Higher Education Act)/WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) can do it all!

 

The Acts That Keep on ‘Killing’:

From the Act, Inc. 4 page document promoting how great a national workforce based credentialed system is and WHY everyone should be involved, is in the screen shot below.
Note how the data base of skills is ONLY available at Act, Inc.

What does this have to do with ‘killing’? When we stop educating people to do what they desire and rely on skewed tests which align us to learn what the CCSS Machine demands, we KILL the love of learning.

This 4 page document is geared for the students and refers to them as ‘Career Seekers’.

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To access the rest of the 4 page document, https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/NCRC-CareerSeekersBrochure.pdf


Act, Inc. has also published another 4 page document for educators and how THEY can make sure students are CERTIFIED for workforce based national tracking!

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This document informs us that there are 3 nationally based assessments students must take; that their scores to be workforce ready must be certain numbers which also translate into platinum, gold, silver, and bronze levels.

As educators, we are ‘killing’ our students spirit with alignment like this. Think about it, our students (of ALL ages) will not be as recognized for WHO they are, but WHAT level of certification they have!

To access this document (which harps on how all the certification is key to success for post-secondary readiness),
https://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/NCRC-EducatorsBrochure.pdf

 

 


Engaging Us All for a Workforce Agenda:

Warriors, Act, Inc. also has a document explaining how they have studied all this workforce based/competency based education. They wax on about the case studies, the need for alignment, the ease of it all via data mining.  As part of the alignment, Act, Inc. has a self assessment we can take called, Act ‘Engage’.

When I take this self assessment and COMBINE it with the other Act, Inc. workforce based assessments, I become part of a global workforce skills based company’s database called Envision. See for yourselves, below. Notice how early this alignment is starting, notice the personalized learning component, and yes, the data mining.

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To access this 21st Century Job Readiness document,
http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/ACT_Engage_Case_Study_Envision.pdf
(*Note: There will be a separate article on Envision in the coming days.)

 

For the First Time:

Look below at this screen shot. Notice how Act, Inc. is stating that for the first time workforce stakeholders were included in the National Curriculum Survey!!

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This almost 90 page document is full of CBE information! It is full of all kinds of ways education is being made over with workforce as the ultimate goal!  Act, Inc. also states, in this report, that the College and Career Readiness Standards are theirs. Throughout the ESSA, you will find the phrase ‘college/career readiness’.

It has been reported by other anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors that the ACT test is also being considered as one of the 2 national assessments that would replace the SBAC and PARCC. Think this is all a coincidence? It certainly doesn’t seem that way to me.

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Page 3 of this Survey will connect ACT, Inc. to the Common Core State Standards, as well as continue the ties to workforce based education. To access this information,
NCS_Report_Web

If  you would like to see the Act, Inc. National Campaign for College/Career Readiness (it began in 2013), be sure to watch the video embedded here:
http://www.act.org/content/act/en/policy-and-advocacy/college-and-career-readiness-campaign.html

Notice that the Campaign includes policy and government relations. That means Act, Inc. has a front row seat in Washington, D.C.! Notice the States and leaders from those States tout how great Act, Inc.’s College/Career Ready efforts are.

Lastly, from Act, Inc.’s website, you can find a recent report for the purposed use of dual enrollment which also blends in quite easily with the education agenda for workforce readiness. Dual enrollment is a favored option for home educated students. So, when the CCSS Machine set out to align ALL educational choices, they meant it. You can find this 2015 Report at the bottom of the website page: https://www.act.org/

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Closing:

Warriors, find out how far down the Act, Inc. alignment path your State is. What legislation does your State have for Workforce Development? Is your State aware of the ties to the CCSS Machine with the College/Career Readiness?

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Achieving States

Anti CCSS Warriors, it is ‘Tech Thursday’, which means we take a look at the latest in Common Core beyond high school. If you have followed my blog long, you know I have connected the dots between the Common Core and Career Tech Education (CTE). If you are new to the blog, then know that, yes, there is an ‘adult version’ of Common Core aka College, Career Readiness.

CTE is embedded in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014), the STEM Act of 2015 (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), and the HEA of 2008 (Higher Education Act which will be re-authorized  in the near future). In December 2015, just a few days after ESSA was signed into law the HEA received an extension so that CTE funding could continue on until the HEA is re-authorized.

To learn about the ties between ESSA and the HEA (where you will find CTE and WIOA):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/

To learn about the HEA Extension:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/02/ftf-an-extension-for-higher-ed-act/

To learn about STEM and its connection to CTE:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/11/12/tech-thursday-update-on-ccsscte-for-adults/

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The Latest News:

In the screen shot above, you may not be able to see the date this Tweet was shared, but it was May 3rd. You can plainly see Achieve, Inc. is the group which sent this out. Achieve, Inc. is a huge member organization in the CCSS Machine (Common Core State Standards Machine). Much research has been conducted and shared about this fact. You can easily find the information, here on my blog, and elsewhere. For the remainder of this article, I will be focusing on what is the latest CTE news.

The website you will need: http://www.achieve.org/publications/how-states-are-making-career-readiness-count-2016-update

The partnership you should know about: Achieve, Inc. and Advance CTE. As with so many of the CCSS Machine organizations,they love to gather together and create these reports detailing their continued work in aligning education to workforce based learning, not academic prowess.  This one appears to be proud of this fact. Shameless, isn’t it?
We know what Achieve, Inc. is, but what, or who, is Advance CTE? It is the new name for the previously known NASDCTEc (National ASsociation of State Directors of Career Tech Education Consortium). To learn more from their website:
https://www.careertech.org/who-we-are (*Note: if you would like to learn what my research has proven out about NASDCTEc, use this link for all the articles:
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=NASDCTEc)

The recently released Achieve, Inc./Advance CTE Report: Twenty-eight pages long, accessible: http://www.achieve.org/files/CareerReadiness2016.pdf  OR download from here (before it mysteriously disappears, as much of the CCSS Machine documentation does):
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The most need-to-know points of the Report:
1) Thanks to the ESSA, accountability requirements for the States must not only change, but include career readiness components. These components will be used as leverage by the federal government against the States. Here is an excerpt, “As states continue to evolve and implement their accountability and public reporting systems, they have an opportunity to select indicators that inform continuous improvement, guide decisions about resource allocation, inform policies, capture progress, and factor into accountability determinations. More specifically, through school-level public reporting on these indicators, states may make college- and career-ready (CCR) data more transparent, understandable, and useful to parents, educators, and policymakers. The indicators that states build into their accountability formulas may be used to differentiate and classify schools and districts for support and intervention and/or may be used as a way for schools and districts to earn bonus points or rewards for meeting specific benchmarks.”

2) Thirty-four States have been championed as ‘leaders’ in this field. How? By providing career-readiness indicators. Of the 34, 32 have anywhere between 1-6 career-readiness measures. Of the 34, only 20 have a bonus point/reward system in place for career-readiness.

statecteachieve3) The school reporting and information sharing mentioned in Point #1, includes undisclosed third parties. From Page 4, this excerpt, “These public reporting levers, in addition to third-party reports with school-level data hosted on the state’s website, are included in the counts below. States can strengthen reporting by disaggregating data further by student subgroups so as to shine a light on performance disparities that may be masked by “all students” reporting.”

4) The most popular career-readiness indicators? a) dual enrollment (which includes homeschool students, AP course students and IB students); b) post-secondary enrollment (which includes any citizen seeking a higher education); c) CTE courses (includes apprenticeships or work-based learning); and d) students earning industry credentials (again, any citizen involved in this)

In the screen shot below, SC is displayed as a leader in this indication system. Note the P3 (public private partnership) between education and business; the involvement of the SC Chamber of Commerce, and the use of WorkKeys; note the unabashed use of gold/silver/platinum in reference to people’s success.

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Why this should concern everyone, these levels of success are NATIONAL credentials and are designed with the mantra, ‘no credential, no job’! See my article:
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/tech-thursday-just-say-no-to-nocc/)

From an INTERNATIONAL credential standpoint, we should also note that there are 6 levels of success (colors are used). Since the agenda of the education reform where CCSS/CTE and career-readiness is geared for global citizens, education, economy, our anti CCSS Warrior radars should be in full use! See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/ftf-tuesday-iassc-universal-certification/

To see the WorkKeys promotional video where the mantra I mentioned is used:

5) In the Achieve, Inc./Advance CTE Report, page 7 will tell you the meta-indicators States are using. These will only increase as the ESSA implementation process marches on. In the following pages, be sure to look for the values placed on these, the denominators to be used in calculating rewards/bonuses.

6) Beginning on Page 11, the public data reporting is detailed. Then use the Appendices to learn the programs used.

Closing:

Warriors, as you can see, the education reform is not set aside for any ONE group of people. It is not exclusive to one educational choice, at present. As the ESSA, the WIOA, and the HEA are continued to be mandated, updated, and implemented in their full fashion, we will see choices in education reduced. We will see national and international adherence for workforce increased. What can we do? Inform those who need to know! Share this alignment agenda with those at the local level in education AND job creation. More than likely they only have the PRO side of the CCSS/CTE message.