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It’s Good to Have Friends

Just a couple of days ago, one of my long-time Warrior friends, John E. in Nevada, contacted me with some good news. He’d written an article for his local paper and it was published!

He wanted me to share it as the topic is the obsessive and intrusive data mining we see happening every day in schools across America.

So, that said, here’s the link to this article:

Here are the main points John knows are vital to share:

1) John’s article refers to a 11/29/16 meeting where his county’s school board made a presentation. The reporter who was there gathered quite a bit of evidence from that meeting and published a separate article about the massive amounts of data (school related and not) being taken from students. (*Note: that article is worth reading as well. Find it: http://www.rgj.com/story/news/education/2016/11/29/security-student-information-called-into-question/94634484/ )

2) John is also the administrator of the Nevadans Against Common Core. As long as I’ve been sharing my research nationwide,  his note about not only fighting Common Core, but the data mining reminds me how serious a Warrior he is.

3) “Infinite Campus” is the data mining tool of choice in all the NV school districts.

4) Google Apps of Ed, Edmodo, and Microsoft’s third party data collection and use is a big concern to many parents in John’s district. Good for them! Hold those leaders accountable, ask the tough questions and do not accept a non-responsive answer.

5) While Edmodo is ‘free’ to school districts, the money made to pay for it is based off the student data itself.

The remainder of this article will be to look behind the curtains of the data collectors to see what more we need to learn and share.

Washoe’s School District:

Their website: http://www.washoeschools.net/

I found the answer to WHY all this data’s collected. See below:


In a few words, we can see the reason is a streamlined track from kindergarten to college graduation for ‘post-secondary success’.

What we also need to know is that this particular district began data mining students back in 1998, well before all the ‘college and career’ or ‘post-secondary readiness’ cow-chip-education-reform-rhetoric. According to the document I found, it was determined (some time between 1998 and now) that such information was needed and a P-16 data tracking system (called the Education Alliance P-16 Council) was created. Below is what Washoe’s been up to since the Council was created. Note the CCSS Machine member group highlighted:

To access the entire document for yourselves (with quite a bit of useful research and evidence for CTE, Career Tech Ed; AP (Advanced Placement); IB (International Baccalaureate); and more:

The Ed Alliance:

Their website: https://ed-alliance.org/
Their goal? Just like so many other States: workforce based educated citizens to grow local economies. Think, I’m joking? Look below:


To see the Alliance’s ‘P-16 education pipeline’ plan laid out: https://ed-alliance.org/our-impact/programs-initiatives/p-16-advocacy-council/
*Note, thanks to ESSA, more public private partnerships (P3s) are part of the mandates for every State.)


Nevada’s  “Fascination” with a P-16 Pipeline:

First, some quick facts:
 1)  NV is looked upon as a champion CTE (Career Tech Education). I am referring to a Sept. 21st, 2016 Education and Workforce Committee Hearing where the NV Superintendent of the Dept. of Public Education was a featured witness. See my article:

1a) The U.S. Dept. of Labor classifies NV as a Category 3 Apprenticeship/WIOA State (means they have fewer than 2, 500 registered student apprentices). See my article for where the other States fall in line: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/local-schools-open-for-wioa/

1b) While NV has not been awarded any WDQI (Workforce Data Quality  Initiative) grant money yet, it DOES receive WIA (Workforce Investment Act) funding until 2020. The funding is used in a State-wide program called “NevadaWorks”. See the U. S. Dept. of Labor for the WDQI information on which States have been given grant money: https://www.doleta.gov/performance/workforcetechnicalassist.cfm
website: http://www.nevadaworks.com/

If you’re not sure what WDQI grant money does for your State, see below:

To learn how NV uses its data to fit into the “NevadaWorks”nevada-wig-annual_report_py_2014-with-signature-page

2) WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) embedded the Common Core’s CTE into its language 21 different times! (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/ )

 3) HEA (Higher Education Act, last updated in 2008) is also embedded in BOTH WIOA and ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/12/05/weekend-news-essas-untold-ties-to-hea/ )

4) CTE is embedded in HEA. NV was one of the first grant recipients. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/weekend-news-heads-up-higher-ed-cte-update/ )

5) All 3: ESSA (formerly ESEA, Elementary and Secondary Education Act), WIOA, and HEA data collect, data mine, and use said data to streamline your student’s course load to fit a pre-determined career(aka: Career Pathways) and/or a college path, hence the need to switch the names FROM Common Core TO College and Career Readiness! (*Note: to see the 2015 WIOA/CTE Alignment PDF for all 50 States, 2015-06-Aligned-by-Design-WIOA-and-CTE )

6) With all the legislative unity AND the P3s unity, education remaining in its true form doesn’t stand a chance in NV,or, any other State! 

7) From 2014, an excerpt from my article using NC (where I live) as an example of how fascinated the ed/workforce leaders were about joining our student’s data for a workforce based education, “The U.S. WIOA 2014 (the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014), as I’ve written about will take the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Student Longitudinal Data System and merge with it.” (article in its entirety: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/tech-thursday-workforce-commissions-education-and-common-core/ )

Back to  John’s concerns:

Here’s an illustration of where all the data goes. While this was used in an article I published BEFORE HR5 (Student Success Act)and S1177 (Every Child Achieves) were combined to create the ESSA as we know it, the data mining hasn’t stopped. Each of these Depts. has 3rd party vendors as well…globally.:

While the 9 federal levels are easy to spot, look at the variety of other agencies which are not easy to identify as connected.

Put another way, below is the ‘talent pipeline’ illustration which will help you visualize what Johnny and Suzy are destined for in this data collected/shared and sold/aligned education era:

Image courtesy of RAF Automation.

Then, There Are All Those Apprenticeships:

Also part of the CCSS Machine/Fed Ed overhaul of academic education, is the American Apprenticeship Initiative (AAI). I’ve researched this White House led program and shared with you how it’s tied to data mining, career alignment, and more. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/02/to-what-degree/ AND

NV ranks right up there, in this effort, too. Back in 2015, the Reno area (the same area John lives in) was awarded big bucks, here’s an excerpt from the nation-wide grant winners announcement,Board of Regents, Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE), obo Truckee Meadows Community College – Reno, NV Truckee Meadows Community College was awarded a $2.2 million grant to fund the Northern Nevada College Apprenticeship Consortium. This consortium, which includes employers Tesla Motors and Panasonic will develop registered apprenticeship programs to increase the skills and career opportunities for 400 workers in the burgeoning advanced manufacturing sector in Northern Nevada.”
(You can find the rest of the announcement in my article,
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/weekend-news-heads-up-higher-ed-cte-update/ )

Does your State have an Apprenticeship Council? Look below to see NV’s:


If you wish to find their website: http://labor.nv.gov/Meetings/Prevailing_Wage_Files/Apprenticeship/


Infinite Campus information:
1) Infinite Campus is headquartered in MN and has access to 7.8 million student’s data/information across 45 States. They are big on ‘personalized learning’ and ‘transforming education’. See their vision and goals, https://www.infinitecampus.com/company/vision-and-goals

1a) Infinite Campus’s blog has an article explaining HOW they collect and use student data, see: https://www.infinitecampus.com/blog/is-history-repeating-itself-with-the-lms

1b) From the Infinite Campus’s news, this excerpt, Infinite Campus customers include school districts, regional consortia, state departments of education and the federal government.”

1c) If you wish to learn about Infinite Campus’s Statewide Data Collection:
https://www.infinitecampus.com/products/state-edition (7 States so far are ‘on board’, KY, HI, MT, SD, ME, NV, and the U.S. Bureau of Indian Education*)
*Not a State, obviously, but oversees all the education business of each of the Native American tribes.

1d) Current 3rd Party Partners (with access to Student Data) for Infinite Campus are:

  • BakBone Software, Inc.
  • BSquare
  • CDW
  • Parchment / Docufide
  • Flexmonster
  • Hewlett Packard
  • IBM
  • Kemp Technologies
  • Microsoft
  • ScanSource
  • ShoutPoint
  • Sprint
  • StarGarden
  • Vanco Services

See ALL the other types of Partners: https://www.infinitecampus.com/company/partners

2) How Congress is tripping over itself to embed America with MORE WIOA/CTE based education:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/alexanders-rage/

3) Native American alignment to all things Common Core/WIOA/Data Mining:


Thanks, John, and the many like you who care about what is going on with our student’s data. I hope and trust what I’ve found and shared adds to your arsenal of information in fighting our War Vs the Core in NV and across America.


“Conformity Readiness”

Warriors Against the Core: In today’s “Tech Thursday” article, I will be taking an in-depth look at the ‘College and Career Readiness’ so interwoven in the ESSA. How does it connect to the Common Core? History, updates, resources, and much more information you need to know.

You recognize CCR, right? The College and Career Readiness that was to replace CCSS (Common Core State Standards), that was to be better than CCSS? That was to be one of the ways the ESSA(Every Student Succeeds Act) ditched the CCSS? Yeah, right..I we all have beach front homes in KS!

“Air Apparent”:

It is no secret how much a part of the CCSS Machine Air, Inc. is but in case you haven’t seen some of the latest CCR (College and Career Readiness) propaganda, you are in for a ‘treat’!
Before we continue our look at AIR, Inc. let’s take a step back in time to see the foundation for CCR (College and Career Readiness).


A Step Back:

One of the only truly apparent things about CCR is that they were woven into the RttT (Race to the Top) applications and waivers..right along WITH CCSS! Below (as an example) is what NC did with its RttT money for CCR:
Access the document: NCCCRRttTguide

From the blast of the past concerning the screen shot above, comes this excerpt that will help continue the point I am making today.
Career & College: Ready, Set, Go! is designed to mobilize all of these individuals and groups toward the goal of graduating all students from high school prepared for further education and successful employment. This high-level goal encompasses many smaller goals and objectives that will move North Carolina public schools forward. In their successful application for federal Race to the Top funding, state education leaders capitalized on the work that was already underway and received federal funding to help North Carolina move further and faster toward realizing Career & College: Ready, Set, Go! for every school district, every public school and every student.

Now, notice that “public schools” were stressed. Back when this was written, most school choices were not conforming to the CCR.
Fast forward to 2016..and every school choice, in some way or other is conforming to CCR!

This is NOT a NC specific problem, either, this is a nation-wide one. Before we move on, take one more look at this old NC document. Notice the SAT ties, the AP ties, the post-secondary aspects (community colleges and major 4 year universities). Notice the timeline. The 2016-17 school year is the LAST year before ESSA’s complete implementation is to take place. (Per the ESSA, everything must be in place no later than the 2017-18 school year.) Again, a nation-wide problem, not just a NC issue!


So what do you think the rest of the States will do with the money coming down from D.C. with the CCR ties in the ESSA? If what the States did with RttT is an example, they will use it to continue breeding master conformers NOT citizens with free will! However, if your State didn’t get RttT funds, you still have the CCR..thanks to the CCSS Machine! All so conformity can be the end result of education for workforce needs.


Those Handy, Dandy Air, Inc. CCR Pocket Guides:

These are rather dated as well, the post I found was from 2013. Again, before the ESSA and its passage, but also another portion of the CCR foundation. It is here we will see the point in time when our States truly sold us out.

The Guides were created in a way to ‘help state and local policymakers and practitioners implement the college- and career-ready reforms included in the flexibility waivers approved by the U.S. Department of Education. In 2011, the Department of Education waived certain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in exchange for reform plans related to four principles, including achieving college and career readiness.’  What were the other 3 reform plans? Revamping state waivers to adhere to CCR; how CCR would be defined; and using best practices to help shape the States for CCR. Air, Inc. just helped promote the CCR to the States (at that point, 35 in total). It was the ESEA Flexibility Waivers the States received to help them conform to CCR

It is important to point out that the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) does contain a passage where it declares the ESEA Flexibility Waivers as expired. However, there are other passages where the CCR lives on without them. Go back and read those Flex Waivers,however.
Why? The ESSA gives MORE power to the SEAs(State Education Agencies) in alignment for CCR’s Outcome Based Education. ESSA also gives the Feds MORE power when it comes to approving any State’s education plan. The old Flex Waivers study by Air, Inc. will tell you the CCR was rapidly replacing the importance of high school graduation. Why? The economic impacts!
The CCR Pocket Guide (below); read it to also see the involvement of the NGA (National Governors Association), the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers), the P21 (Partnership for 21st Century Skills) and how the embedding of CCR into the CCSS (Common Core State Standards) would bring about all this conformity!
To get the CCR Guide this information is from: CCR_Pocket_Guide_0

Warriors, did you catch that? CCR was embedded INTO the CCSS! Since the ESSA embraces CCR that means the CCSS will live on! ESSA does use the phrase Common Core State Standards Initiative(CCSSI) 4 times in its Final Conference Report (1,059 pages), which means it is ALSO in the 391 page ESSA Final Law!! (Pages 130 uses CCSSI in relation to standards states use and their assessments; 825 uses CCSSI in relation to State educational waivers; 843 uses CCSSI in relation to federal financial support to the States; and 859 in relation to not prohibiting the States from withdrawing from the CCSS.)

Warriors, ask yourselves this: How can you keep the Initiative without the Initiative’s Standards??

Air, Inc.’s 2015-16 CCR Resource Guide:

What is the most interesting about this guide (not available in pocket size) is that while it says College and Career Readiness Standards and Assessments, scroll through and see how many of the resources are in fact, Common Core State Standards and Assessments. Notice how many other CCSS Machine members you see! Get this Guide: College-and-Career-Readiness-Assessment-Resources-Winter-2015-16


‘New America’ Maps CCR:

This member of the CCSS Machine has a handy, dandy website where you can literally see a map of the USA in colors to denote just how CCR they truly are. To see it: http://atlas.newamerica.org/mapping-college-readiness

How I know they are a CCSS Machine member: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/21/wybi-new-america-ed-central-pre-k-to-high-pay/ (*Note: the biggest clue to The Atlas website and my article? Beside the name, the logo gives it away.)




When you search for the exact phrase ‘college career readiness’ in the ESSA Final Report, you will receive nothing. However, shorten it to one word (in my search, I used ‘readiness’). I found the following page numbers which will tie up the point:
CCR is most definitely embedded in the ESSA! It isn’t going away!
*Be sure to note that these are summaries. How did the writers omit CCR as we know it? ‘Post-secondary readiness’ OR ‘career readiness’, but NOT ‘College and Career Readiness’!

Page 85, Page 324, Page 328, Page 340, Page 374, Page 439, Page 462, Page 482, Page 516, Page 597, Page 601, Page 611, Page 615, Pages 626/629, Page 631, Pages 677/684,
Page 695, Pages 723/724, Page 803, Page 884, and Page 951.

Warriors Against the Core, just because the writers and sponsors of ESSA performed ‘language foul play’ by not using the exact phrase “College and Career Readiness”, doesn’t mean CCR isn’t there..it is, in plain sight with words that mean the same thing!!


Other Handy, Dandy Pocket Guides from the Government:

Directly related to the ESSA (and the supposed return of state control/CCR improvements/ and more) I give you the U.S. House of Representative’s EdWorkforce Committee Pocket Guides. 

From the U.S. Senate’s HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) page, I searched for their take on CCR, the top resource? A group of supportive statements for the ESSA’s passage into law, where CCR was mentioned by several. See: http://www.help.senate.gov/ranking/newsroom/press/widespread-support-for-every-student-succeeds-act
To see their pdf documents for ‘CCR in Practice’:

Also of note from the HELP website is a document they have in their archives titled
This undated document is from the WV Dept. of Education and its addressing of the (then) newly released, voluntary CCSS.
Why do I bring this up? The search I conducted was for ‘College Career Readiness’, the description HELP has this document labeled with is that the NGA and the CCSSO published the CCR Standards(see the screen shot). Do you see the connection? The NGA and CCSO did publish Standards, but they were the CCSS, this document serves as proof the CCS AND the CCR are one and the same!


Here’s the most CCR excerpt I could find from the document, “Lastly, the common standards are aligned with college and work expectations. By preparing all students to be both college and career ready, all students are able compete in their post-secondary education and/or career choice. Preparing all students to be college and career is absolutely critical to the long-term success of the country. By providing a set of expectations that are clear to students, parents and educators about what it takes to be college and career ready, the states have taken a major step forward in producing students who are ready for later success.” To access the entire document: Paine1 
To see the 2014 CCSSO CCR Task Force ReportEmbargoedCCSSOTaskForceonCareerReadiness120114

Warrior Question, why is it ‘Standards’ if they are ‘expectations’?


Other CCR Standards WannaBes:

Pearson Publishing’s CCRCCR_WEB_FINAL Pearson
EPIC’s (Education Improvement Policy Center’s) CCR:
ACT, Inc’s CCR Standards claim: https://www.act.org/standard/
Their pdf document (be sure to see the bottom of Page 2): ACTAlignment-White-Paper


There you have it Anti CCSS Warriors, the story of the CCR, CCSS, ESSA, and conformity in excess. We have much information to share, many more battles to fight, so let’s get busy!


Tech Thursday: Just Say “No” to ‘NOCC’

No, our students won't receive Olympic medals out of bronze, silver, or gold. What they WILL receive via Common Core/Career Readiness are National certificates.
No, our students won’t receive Olympic medals out of bronze, silver, or gold. What they WILL receive via Common Core/Career Readiness are National certificates.

Part of the CCSS Machine includes the “College/Career Readiness” movement. Today’s article will focus on the “Career Readiness Certificates” our students are facing.

Maybe you’ve heard of these Certificates. They are available in bronze, silver, and gold. Some states even offer platinum levels.  What do these Olympic-like ‘badges’ offer? Let’s find out.


The 50 States:

Each of the 50 United States has a CRC Center. “CRC” stands for “Career Readiness Certificate”. While your state may or may not of been incentivized to have “Common Core”, your state has a CRC entity. For example, I live in NC. The CRC entity here is known as the “North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate”. It’s also based off the Act, Inc.’s “WorkKeys” assessment. Now, if you’ve followed my blog long, you know the assessment is 100% CCSS/CTE aligned; contains massive data mining activities; and helps create a job track that’s set in stone. This way of assessing is not exercising a student’s free choice..it’s manipulating them into a career. It also is a requirement in some states and IF you are job seeking and don’t have a CRC,  you’ll not even need to apply. In short, no job. No job means no income. No income means bad news for a student’s well being. What a vicious trap.

If you’d like to see the NC’s CRC website, visit: http://www.crcnc.org/ (be sure to notice the menu to your left. Don’t gasp when you see ‘talent pipeline’. As I’ve reported to your from research and in the field activity, NC is totally devoted to forcing its students into a ‘talent supply pipeline’ situation.  Here’s one article I wrote and published back in 2014 about the ‘talent supply pipeline’: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/wybi-wednesday-flying-minds-common-core/
For a NC specific article on the subject:

From NC’s website, I was linked to a National CRC website. That’s how I discovered each of the 50 states is involved with CRCs. That website is:
 http://nationaloccorg.siteprotect.net/crc/  Below, is a screen shot of the website.

Refer to the website in the screen shot to see how your state did in 2014.
Refer to the website in the screen shot to see how your state did in 2014.

This website is clear to point out it is not associated with the “WorkKeys” assessment. It also sends you to another national website. Before we leave this website, I feel I must point you to the 2008 downloadable book on the history of the CRC. In this War Against the Core, if we don’t take the time to study the history behind the illegally based education overreach, we may miss vital clues as how to help STOP this overreach! Be sure to read this!! http://nationaloccorg.siteprotect.net/CRC-handbook.htm


The Next National CRC website:

This website you are pointed to from the former one (see above), is the “National Organization of Career Credentialing” (website: http://www.nationalocc.org/) It’s a 501c3 group devoted to improving a person’s life while boosting the national economy. Wow. What an agenda. Imagine how demeaning it is for anyone to hear ‘no’ when it comes to getting a job IF you aren’t credentialed…nationally.

The NOCC’s president is the same one who wrote the history of the CRC! It is supported by public donations. See who else is a board member: http://www.nationalocc.org/board/

As far as the rhetoric, the fallacies, and the aligned Workforce agenda, NOCC makes no effort to hide its true feelings. See the below screen shot.

See the rest of the agenda, fallacies, and rhetoric supportive of the CCSS Machine: http://nationaloccorg.siteprotect.net/
See the rest of the agenda, fallacies, and rhetoric supportive of the CCSS Machine:

Note that between the NOCC and the National Career Credentialing Consortium, Dr. Boling cites resources that are ALL aligned to the CTE/CCR/Career Pathways agenda that are also part of the CCSS Machine. For example, “Pathways to Prosperity”, the joint project between Harvard University and Pearson Publishing is what helped set the Career Pathways Network into motion. Career Pathways is part of the CTE (Career Technical Education). It can also include the CCR (College/Career Readiness). Want more truth on the Pathways to Prosperity? See my previously published article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/  This article includes the 10 agenda points created to support this network. Note the ones which involve our legislation..especially the WIOA of 2014. (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).


The Doctor’s Ties:

The PhD who sits on the Board for the credentialing consortium and is president of the other national organization is Dr. Barbara Boling. Her ties to Workforce and CTE aligned education are well placed. She has an official biography on the NGA website (as in the National Governors Association). To see Dr. Bolin’s bio from NGA (where she’s a Workforce Advisor),  http://www.nga.org/files/live/sites/NGA/files/pdf/0501WORKFORCEADVISORSBOLIN.pdf
Bolin used to work for Dell Computers , as well. However Common Core tied those connections are its the excerpt below which is huge.

“In December 2002, Governor Mark Warner of Virginia announced his workforce reform agenda, which included the appointment of a high level coordinator for workforce development. In July 2003, Governor Warner hired Dr. Bolin as Special Advisor for Workforce Development”

Why is this huge? Warner is now a U.S. Senator serving VA in Washington, D.C.
Go look at his view on CTE. Go research how he voted on the ECAA (Every Child Achieves Act) or S1177..you’ll find he voted ‘Yea’. (see: http://www.senate.gov/legislative/L)IS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?&congress=114&session=1&vote=00249 )

According to his website, he’s helped co-sponsor STEM legislation (another arm of the CCSSI, Common Core State Standards Initiative). See his current Workforce and Education activities: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/education

Sen. Warner also has introduced a “Middle Step” CTE legislation! Yes, it’s not enough we have high school CTE and post-secondary CTE, now we must have middle school CTE!
See: http://www.warner.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/pressreleases?ContentRecord_id=4cae3b51-8a60-4eef-9eca-9830dd7513ee&ContentType_id=be18767f-f5c6-4981-babb-79ae6ecdfc7d

Other CTE Credentialing Articles:

Here I’ve given you the link to my other articles about Career Credentialing. Use them. Each of my articles are written so you have the documents, the facts to use as weapons to fight the CCSS Machine in your state.
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/28/wybi-wednesday-ice-chilling-our-education/
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/27/ftf-tuesday-iassc-universal-certification/


CCSS Follow Up System: More than Money Will Follow Your Students

While it's yet to be determined if money follows your students, CCSS certainly is already following your students.
While it’s yet to be determined if money follows your students, CCSS certainly is already following your students.

In fighting the War Against the Core, we’ve all met those warriors who are great at sending tips to areas of the “Common Core” overreach into our lives. From an educational standpoint, we’ve seen the CCSS Machine usurp our schools; from a privacy standpoint, we seen the CCSS Machine ruin it. The damage is far from new NOR is it over.

Here in NC, the “Common Follow Up System” has been in place since 1992! How is this part of the agenda that comes with “Common Core”? Keep reading, my followers and anti CCSS Warriors..

What is a “CFS”?

The purpose of a “Common Follow Up System” is: “The purpose of the Common Follow-up System (CFS) is to provide information on the educational and employment outcomes of participants in publicly supported educational, employment and training programs for use in planning, policy-making, program evaluation, resource allocation and career planning.”

Do you see the CCSS/CTE footprints? I do. If you don’t, look at the emphasized words. Publicly supported education means schools or programs connected to them. That’s the CCSS portion. The employment and training is the Career Technical Education (CTE). The two are one in the same in that the CTE portion of the Common Core begins well before high school graduation.

Let’s dig deeper, shall we? The CFS (Common Follow Up System) was designed to be a unified effort to collect massive amounts of data. The data was supposedly to help all the agencies involved to plan better as well as to have better resource management capabilities. Yes, that’s right. Those are the supposed reasons. However, consider the original agencies involved:
University of North Carolina, General Administration (UNC)
  North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS)
 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Workforce Development Education
 Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina 
  Division of Employment and Training (DET)
  North Carolina Department of Human Resources, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVR)
 North Carolina Department of Labor (DOL)

Overseeing this CFS? Is the North Carolina State Occupational Information Coordinating Committee (NCSOICC).

In the earliest years of the CFS, a longitudinal data base system was formed. The system tracked each person’s progression through the state’s workforce; to study their paths of progress to see what education or other factors were involved. In 1995, the NC General Assembly helped the data collection efforts. (See Chapter 96 of the NC General Statutes). Since 1996, interest in all this data collection has increased quite a bit. Here’s an excerpt,Several groups turned to the CFS as a valuable source of quality outcome information for education, employment and training programs. The increased interest was due to initiatives at both the state and national levels regarding the collection, calculation and reporting of performance information throughout the education, employment and training system. These initiatives included the development of reports for the Commission on Workforce Development(and others).

My Files:

Now, as I’ve uncovered in the past, the CCSS Machine grinds on via the Career Pathways, Career Clusters, the Career Technical Education. I’ve shown you how each is a ‘marriage’ of education and workforce. So have others who’ve been fighting this War for our students. We’ve shown how the dots connect FROM education TO the Workforce AS WELL AS how legislation (state and federal) have PROTECTED this union. “The Workforce Quality Data Initiative” is a program I’ve reported on that has the main purpose of data mining our post secondary students from the labor aspect of their lives. Embedded in this program is language which plainly states it will join the data mining efforts from the Student Longitudinal Data System from the education aspect of the K-12 students. (see my article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/23/tech-thursday-blast-from-our-workforce-past/) You’ll find that back in June 2015 I shared this article with you: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/rmt-halting-a-ccsscte-aligned-workforce/

Back to the CFS:

In 2012, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to build a State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). While NCDPI is the lead on the SLDS grant, the project is a collaborative effort of several entities including: the NCDPI, the North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS), the University of North Carolina General Administration (UNC GA), the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), and the North Carolina Department of Commerce (NCDOC).”  This direct quote is from the May 2015 Report I’ve been sharing excerpts from thus far. It’s the tip my fellow warrior shared.

Added to the grant given by the U.S. Dept. of Ed, the NC General Assembly boosted the data mining once again. State law 2012-131 gave the NC Dept. of Commerce the green light to ramp up data collection AND storage projects. See this, “As part of its efforts to improve the CFS, the Department of Commerce applied for a competitive grant with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration through their Workforce Data Quality Initiative (WDQI). The Department received notification in June of 2013 that North Carolina had been awarded a WDQI grant. The grant covers a three year period ending in June 2016. Grant funds are being utilized to further strengthen and enhance the CFS.”

*Note: In my June 2015 “Halting CCSS/CTE Aligned Workforce” I shared that NC had been awarded big bucks. Now I know where those big bucks specifically went. Thus, the last remaining dots of the agenda are exposed. Boom!

One of the programs the WQDI money gave NC is known as the “NC Tower”. The “Tower” stands for “Tool for Online Workforce and Education Reporting”.  Every one of the 16 University of North Carolina’s campuses, the 58 statewide Community Colleges has your post-secondary students data (and lots of it)! To see just which groups GET that data, see page 7 of the report. Page 8 of the report will tell you how the NGA (National Governors Association) is NOW involved. Here’s a small ‘tip’ for you to consider, “In July 2014, North Carolina submitted an application to the National Governor’s Association (NGA) Policy Academy for Aligning the Education and Training Pipeline to the Needs of the Economy. The state received notification in August 2014 that its application was successful. This initiative is a collaboration of the Office of the Governor, the Department of Commerce, the North Carolina Community College System, the Department of Public Instruction and the NCWorks Commission. This effort will assist the state in aligning its education and workforce resources, strengthening its services to citizens and businesses, connecting talent to jobs and growing North Carolina’s economy.”
Also involved is a group identified in the report as “Lead Staff”. “Lead” stands for “Labor and Economic Analysis Division”. See below for just how many NC students have been data mined since the CFS’s inception.


Page 13 of the Report shows how many NC organizations are NOW part of the CFS. To access the entire report:
CFS-Operational Report-May 2015
To access the NC Tower, so you can see just how much of the NC grant money from the WQDI  was used, visit:
To see a related article about the data mining in NC concerning the NC General Assembly, see my fellow warrior, Lady Liberty 1885’s article: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2015/04/20/parents-are-you-watching-data-collection-expansion-bills-hb401-and-hb767/
To see what the ‘education-to-work’ plans for those who are considered ‘at risk’ looks like, how the money will flow, the data mined, and more, see: Made in Durham PRINT 11 13 12-FINAL_0 (*Note: the CTE, Career Technical Education, shows up on page 16. Durham County, NC is also where SAS, IBM, and others like them in the CCSS Machine call home office. SAS, IBM, and the others are all in the same business: computers and data. Why did I include this report? Look at the amount of ‘national research’ involved for education/workforce.


The title of today’s “Tech Thursday” article is about money following our students. This is in reference not only to the current proposals of legislation about federal and state dollars being used as student savings accounts which would follow our students from education to workforce, it’s also in reference to the vast amounts of money which have already created a system that tracks our students. The difference is what may be yet to come will most definitely continue the CCSS Machine’s agenda via more initiatives to align, while what has happened, paved the way for the CCSS Machine’s agenda to succeed so far.

So, does your state have a CFS? If they have a state wide Dept of Commerce, have received federal grants for data, education, and/or workforce, have applied to the NGA for grants, AND had a cooperative state level Congress, it’s more than likely already well entrenched.
Here’s a report from 2013 out of Utah titled “Report of Select State Practices for Aligning Educational Supply with Occupational Demand”asa_2013-05-23_alignment_report (page 7 shows all the states contacted as resources)
One of the nationally based initiatives cited in the 2013 Utah document is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Leaders and Laggards”. See their website: http://www.uschamberfoundation.org/reportcard/

*Note, my coverage of the “Leaders/Laggards” is in the Jan. 2015 article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/15/tech-thursday-update/