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Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?!

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, if you remember watching “Mary Poppins” you know the title of my article should point to something simply wonderful or extra special. So why did I pick this when what I have to share is anything BUT wonderful and good?! It’s an attention grabbing word. It also got my mind to thinking…..

“Step in time; step in line”
(this is a line from another “Mary Poppins” song which translates extremely well to the timing of a Congressional Committee, the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)), the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, and how they will align as many young children as possible!

We all know Head Start and Early Head Start are government programs with top-down, federal-to-state-to-you control. Both have been embedded in the modern education reform, thanks to the CCSS Machine’s planning, funding, and implementing. ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will most definitely ensure the continued alignment between the U.S. Dept. of Education and the U.S. Dept.of Health and Human Services, where Head Start and its Early version are housed.

Since I began publishing research in 2014, I’ve written at least 4 articles about Head Start and/or Early Head Start. If you’ve missed them, here they are:
1) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/05/25/aligned-workforces/ (connects Head Start to massive data mining)
2) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/10/08/tech-thursday-technically-speaking-for-ccss/ (will show you the top-down alignment for ages birth and up for an ‘educated’ workforce)
3) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/
(shows you how Head Start/Early Head Start are in the 2017 Fed Ed Budget Requests from the President)
4) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/the-education-road/ ( a real life example of how the federal-to-state-to-you the CCSS Machine alignment is going and how Head Start/Early Head Start is being folded in)

 

An Awful ‘Spoonful of Medicine’:

From the U.S. Senate’s Education and Workforce Democratic Committee:
http://democrats-edworkforce.house.gov/media/press-releases/-scott-statement-on-final-rule-for-head-start-performance-standards-

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According to the embedded document attached to the Press Release (above),
45 CFR Chapter XIII RIN 0970-AC63 Head Start Performance Standards“, the Head Start Program Standards were last updated in 1998. Then, the  Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, we found Congress instructing the Office of Head Start to update itself.

Basically, it was a ‘step in time, step in line’ move. Since 2007, tons of ‘research’ has been conducted; public feedback has been gathered; and, now is the time to ‘re-up’ the Head Start again. This 2016 final version of updates? Only 621 pages long!

Gee, just in time to step in line with ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and its overreach into early childhood ‘education’.

On Page 15 of the latest and final version for updating Head Start/Early Head Start, you’ll find the “Compliance Table”. This table gives federal statutes, start dates, and descriptions of what each Head Start/Early Head Start Program AND location MUST do to ‘step in time, step in line’.

Included in the mandates of compliance:
Alignment of education in school and at home
Data mining
Streamlining the data collected
Credentials required to conduct ‘in home’ visits
Hours each program and location must be available
Curriculum to be used
Assessments

Here’s what the curriculum portion will embed:

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So, what does the ‘partnership’ boil down to? An absolutely bitter pill to swallow!
The screen shot below is from the “Early Learning Outcomes” Framework.

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To access the entire Framework document,
https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/sr/approach/pdf/ohs-framework.pdf

For the Data mining connected to Early Head Start/Head Start?  Learn the CCSS Machine’s alphabet code “Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)” and Data systems. (Page 14 of the 621 page document). It too, must be in place by Aug. 2017.

What is the QRIS? Their website: http://qrisnetwork.org/
From their website, you can learn that QRIS is a part of Build’s Initiative. Before we get to the Build’s Initiative, let me show you the once again, tangled web of the same CCSS Machine member organizations connected to the QRIS.

QRIS’s website also tells you there are public private partnerships involved in the quality control/data mining. Thus, the tangled web begins…

a) from the QRIS Newsletter’s August 2016 post, (http://qrisnetwork.org/sites/all/files/lt/private/NEWSLETTER%20QRISAugIssue2.pdf)

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b) This redirects you to the QRIS page featuring MORE reports (where you can get State by State progress reports). http://qrisnetwork.org/resource/2016/race-top-early-learning-challenge-2015-progress-reports
When you click on the external link at the bottom of the page, you are, once again, redirected
c) This takes you to the U.S. Dept. of Education’s website,
https://elc.grads360.org/#program/annual-performance-reports

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d) Still not finding the public private partnerships in QRIS, I desperately was hoping the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s ‘collaboration partners’ may reveal something. Boy, did it. A huge bitter pill of CCSS Machine ‘medicine’ to swallow.

earlyedtasThe groups with red stars are ones I’ve researched and have proof of their P3 (public private partnership) grasp on American education. The CCSSO, the NGA, are well known to you, the anti CCSS/ESSA Warrior, thanks to many who’ve researched their ties.
If you’ve missed my findings on CLASP, Zero to Three, etc. just use the search bar on my blog. If you can’t find them that way, contact me. It’s proof you need to fight for your children.

To see the other Technical Assistance groups helping undermine early education,
https://elc.grads360.org/#program/collaboration-partners

 

More ‘Spoons’ of Fed Ed “Medicine”:

1) Unlike the other documents I’ve researched which are from the federal government, this one (that 621 page document with a long title) actually has a redesignation table for you to see what old Standards are being shifted to. As the writer of this document put it, it’s a roadmap for ease of access. It begins on Page 16.

2) After the “roadmap”, you are ‘treated’ to all the ‘research’, ‘reasons’, and ‘purposes’ behind the latest Early Head Start/Head Start shift. In all honesty, the parts about how all this aligns to ESSA didn’t surface, that I could easily see. However, having read ESSA and listening to both Senator Alexander AND Senator Murray, it is easy to find the early education overhaul.

3) To access the 621 page document: 2016-19748

Finding Early Ed Alignment in ESSA:

When I read the 1,059 ESSA Final Conference Report, I found the following. These are selected excerpts from my previously published articles.

ESSA and the digital overreaches for the little ones:
*) “Page 630: Preschool and ‘Ready to Learn’ digital content, especially via PBS (Public Broadcast Stations).
Page 943 begins Section 9210 of the ESSA Law. This is the biggest overreach of all!
Why? “Student Home Access to Digital Learning Resources”! To find out how successful students are at HOME, a Study conducted by the Director of the Institute of Educational Sciences (IES) no later than 18 months AFTER all portions of ESSA are in place! Details of the Study will be found on Page 944.”

You’ll want the article these are in because it links you to the other areas of concern for your little ones. Near the bottom of the article, you’ll find out how I learned that Sesame Street is now CCSS Machine controlled, thus aligned.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/

ESSA’s use of immigration to overreach into early education:
*) “Page 2 reveals Sections 3001-3004 (these sections begin on page 408 and follow from there) will break down what alignments, accountability, etc. will be taking place in education and services related. I found on page 409, under the Section 3001 and “Appropriations”, the following figures of the tax dollars up for grabs by the states and awarded by the federal government for this express purpose, “(1) $756,332,450 for fiscal year 2017;  (2) $769,568,267 for fiscal year 2018;(3) $784,959,633 for fiscal year 2019; and (4) $884,959,633 for fiscal year 2020.” Page 410 will show you how the ELLs (English Language Learners) will have to meet those ‘challenging state academic standards’, too.’
Skip down to section 3115 (page 421) , however and you will find that all schools will have to jump through a hoop or two to reform education so that no child will be excluded. How? Through ‘sub grants’ to eligible entities as long as they are educating students in ELA to the tune of ‘challenging state academic standards’!”

You’ll want the rest of the article this comes from so you can learn the 4 purposes of ESSA’s ties to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act). Why? One of the 4 is EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING!
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/05/essa-ties-to-wioa-2014-and-new-citizens/

ESSA in your neighborhood:
*) “Over on page 612 you can learn about types of schools and what they must provide to the neighborhood will include. Follow this through to page 615. There you will see the following language. “(2) INDICATORS.—The performance indicators  established by the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall be indicators of improved academic and developmental outcomes for children, including indicators of school readiness, high school graduation, post-secondary education and career readiness, and other
academic and developmental outcomes…” The next section is 2465 and this is where the full service community school is laid out in detail.”

ESSA’s authors used the law to codify “Promise Neighborhoods”. You’ll want to read the article this portion comes from so you can learn how your entire family will assessed, graded, and ‘encouraged’ to align with educational resources from the U.S. Depts. of Ed/Health, Human Services.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/meet-your-new-neighbor-essa-seriously/


Closing:

If you are interested in viewing a 2014 Head Start/Early Head Start webinar, you’ll find the video below. While the information is dated, you will find out from those involved in the P3s for early education how valuable they think your kids are (look about the 19:58 minute mark). The entire video is just over 1 hour. Be sure you listen for the ‘wedding’ remark near the end of the video.
To all those involved in the grab for our children, I say their hearts are as black as the soot on Bert’s face as he danced with the chimney sweeps in ‘Mary Poppins’.

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ESSA Aligners

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Back in February 2016, we Anti CCSS (and anti Fed Ed) Warriors listened in horror as Sen. Lamar Alexander listed off several groups already hard at work over implementing the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). We have witnessed these same groups repeatedly backing Common Core, Career Tech Education, Competency Based Education, and all the other aspects in this illegally based education reform.

So, what are the implementation efforts of these groups? That is the focus of today’s ‘From the Files’ article.

The Groups Mentioned during the Speech:

On Feb. 25, 2016, during the first U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions) Committee, Sen. Lamar Alexander revealed the following groups had formed a coalition to ensure education fit the ESSA.

National Governors Association, The National Educators Association, School Superintendents Association (aka: American Association of School Administrators),
American Federation of Teachers, National Conference of State Legislators, National Association of State Boards of Education, The National School Boards Association, National Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals, the National Secondary School Principals Association, and with the support of the Chief Council of State School Officers.
(Source: the Senate HELP Committee Hearing from 2/25/16)
To see the rest of the previously published article where this information above came from: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/29/warriors-guide-to-essa/

Since every one of these groups in part of the CCSS Machine, remember, their reports, articles, and resources will all put a positive spin on ESSA! Warriors, like myself, have combed through the ESSA and reported how damaging it will be.

NGA (National Governor’s Association):
From their website, a recap of the Winter meeting reveals that Sen. Alexander was present to extol not only education reform, but improving lives. See the recap: http://www.nga.org/cms/home/news-room/news-releases/2016–news-releases/col2-content/2016-nga-winter-meeting-recap.html
(*Note: the Recap will not give specifics about what was said, but I did find the following excerpt in the Meeting’s related News section.)

State implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In December, Congress passed this landmark legislation, which repealed the No Child Left Behind Act and devolved federal control of legislation, returning power to the states. At the Education and Workforce Committee session,governors discussed how states can move forward with ESSA implementation. The conversation continued at a Senate hearing this morning, at which Gov. Herbert testified. “Governors view ESSA as an opportunity for states to set high—but realistic—expectations for schools while allowing them to determine how to meet those expectations,” he said.”
(*Note: click on the highlighted word to gain access to the over 1 hour meeting on video!)

NEA (National Educators Association):
Leading the NEA is Lily Garcia. She has made a name for the efforts to back ESSA (according to her page on the NEA website). It is called ‘Spring Into the ESSA’.
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According to Lily, April 3rd is the date the NEA will, indeed, spring into your schools. How?
“Beginning April 3, NEA local associations nationwide will be hosting meetings, school walk-ins, panel discussions, and community forums designed to explain what the law means and how we can implement it in ways that benefit students.” (*Note: if you are not sure what a school walk-in is, click the highlighted link to see the 2/17 event.) To access all of what Lily says (and she says a lot we need to know): http://lilysblackboard.org/2016/03/this-spring-is-for-essa-and-we-need-you/)
Related to the NEA is the ‘State and Local ESSA Implementation Network’. See:
http://www.nea.org/home/65842.htm
To see the Network members: ESSA-Implementation-Network-Letter-FINAL

The American Association of School Administrators (AKA: The School Superintendents Association):
This group has quite a few resources we Warriors can use and learn from. Below is one of the more helpful ones in a screen shot:
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To access the entire presentation: ESSA Approps NCE 2016
To see their other ESSA resources: http://www.aasa.org/pages/templates/gsesearch.aspx?q=ESSA

AFT (American Federation of Teachers):
Before we look at their current ESSA activities, check out the screen shot below:
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From their March 2016 News, you can find this excerpt:AFT and CCSSO were at the core of an unprecedented alliance of education, parent, community and civil rights groups that secured enactment of ESSA last December—an achievement many longtime observers have labeled Washington’s “Christmas miracle” at a time of partisan gridlock. The March meeting between the two organizations suggested the possibility of that work continuing, based on a shared dissatisfaction with the No Child Left Behind status quo and a shared belief that states need to give the grass roots a real say in the rollout of the replacement law.” Read the rest:
http://www.aft.org/news/union-state-school-officers-talk-essa-implementation
Related is an article the AFT published about the ESSA success in Utah: http://www.aft.org/news/utah-seizes-essa-opportunity-testing-evaluation

National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL):
From their dedicated pages of ESSA resources, you can find all sorts of things related to the ESSA. One, in particular, caught my eye. It was when the NCSL worked with the NGA to push for the passage of ESSA. Why is this vital to our War Against the Core? Look at the plans both groups hatched up for states and local levels! See: NGA_NCSL_ESEAPlan_Final
To access the other resources: http://www.ncsl.org/ncsl-in-dc/standing-committees/education/every-student-succeeds-act-essa-information-and-resources.aspx
(*Note: be sure to check back periodically on this website, as the NCSL will continue to add more items.)

NASBE (National Association of State  Boards of Education):
On their archived Webinar page, you can find at least 4 concerning the ESSA. ‘Principal Standards and the ESSA‘, ‘ESSA and Early Learning’, ‘ESSA Briefing’, and the ‘Next Generation Assessments’. See: http://www.nasbe.org/news-info/multimedia/webinars/webinar-archives/ (*Note, these archives are as recent as early March 2016.)

NSBA (National School Boards Association):
This group has much to say about ESSA, but the most helpful for what we can use, is their announcement of the upcoming ‘Rules for Implementation Process’ for the ESSA. Why is this important, it will be one of the FEW public opportunities to be involved! See the screen shot:
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NAESP (National Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals):
This group recently visited Washington D.C. to stump for the implementation of ESSA. Read their report: http://www.naesp.org/content/nation-s-principals-visit-capitol-hill-launch-naesp-s-advocacy-agenda-essa-implementation

NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals):
Find out, not only, how they are tracking the implementation process of ESSA, but are advocating for funding tied to the ESSA. See: http://blog.nassp.org/2016/03/21/advocacy-update-tracking-essa-2/
This group will also be hosting upcoming ESSA webinars. Below is one set for tomorrow!
If you cannot sign up for this, I have and will do my best to share all I can learn.
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Finally, the CCSSO, Chief Council of State School Officers:
You can bet, just like their partner in educational crimes, the NGA (remember, both the NGA and CCSSO hold the copyrights to the Common Core State Standards), the CCSSO will have PLENTY to do with the ESSA’s implementation.
They have a dedicated ESSA implementation page. See: http://www.ccsso.org/Resources/Programs/Every_Student_Succeeds_Act.html (*Note: jam packed with pro CCSS materials!)
Here is their brief on the funding stream changes: Summary of Significant Spending and Fiscal Rules in ESSA – 03092016

Closing:
Warriors, as you can see, we have lots of evidence here. Share this news, compare it to the ANTI CCSS/Fed Led Ed evidence I, along with others, have given you straight from the Law, not our CCSS Machine agenda perspective. Each of these groups above has sold our nation out!

Warrior’s Guide to ESSA

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How the CCSS Machine is acting over ESSA.

To you, my fellow anti CCSS Warriors, I salute your diligence in fighting the overreach of Common Core, Competency Based Education, Career Tech Ed, College/Career Readiness, and all that goes with them for the Workforce based education system we see happening every day.

I congratulate you on your use of patriotism to see that the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is a farce for American education.

However, we have much to do. Why? As I shared in my ‘Weekend News’, the full U.S. Senate will either confirm or deny Dr. John King as the Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Ed. on March 9th, 2016. But, there is MORE!

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How the Anti CCSS Warriors are acting over the ESSA.

 

The List of ESSA Fools:

Not that we don’t already know there are lots of ESSA fools, but for a refresher, here are the groups of a newly formed coalition, Sen. Alexander revealed have already begun working hard of revamping education to fit the ESSA. (Source: the Senate HELP Committee Hearing from 2/25/16)
National Governors Association, The National Educators Association, School Superintendents Association (aka: American Association of School Administrators),
American Federation of Teachers, National Conference of State Legislators, National Association for the State Boards of Education, The National School Boards Association, National Association of Elementary and Secondary School Principals, the National Teachers Association, and with the support of the Chief Council of State School Officers.

Why are they fools? First, they are well known CCSS Machine members. Secondly, they all have gone out of their way to align education and lie about how great the alignment is. Their third foolish action? Helping spread the misinformation about the ESSA and the return of the States sovereignty in education.

Leading this fools battalion? The U.S. Congress and the mainstream media! Has the misinformation worked? Absolutely!

 

The Focus of the Anti CCSS Warriors:

From the time the ESSA was voted on and passed into law, our sole focus has been exposing the TRUTH about how the federal government, NOT the States will run education.

From today forward, you, the Anti CCSS Warrior, will have a document with proof of just how the federal government has hidden this control in plain sight. This document is one I created for my state’s legislators. I share it with you so you can continue (or begin) to help your legislators see the TRUTH. As always, in this War Against the Core, we don’t have much time.

Our actions MUST be planned well, carried out with purpose, and focused on our target: Ending federal control of education. The document is titled ‘ESSA Proof of National Control, Not State Control’. It is an “Open Office Document” which will download to your computer first, then you should be able to open it successfully. Be a ‘modern day Martin Luther’ and nail this document on the legislators doors!

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Closing:

Anti CCSS Warriors, this is the time to be radical, not shy. This is the time to strike fear into the Senate’s direction. They seek re-election. They won’t get our votes should they confirm Dr. King. While I am not suggesting physical aggression toward another person, I am suggesting we use a ‘hostage-like attitude’ toward the process of Dr. King’s confirmation. We have the POWER, not Congress. It is time we use that power to its fullest!

It is STILL a government of the people, for the people, and by the people!

Oh, and one last thought, while you contemplate whom to NOT vote for, 19 of the 22 members of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee voted FOR the ESSA!

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“Conformity Readiness”

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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:
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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!

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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
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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.)

 

 

ESSA’s CCR:

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. 
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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’:
http://www.help.senate.gov/hearings/career-and-college-readiness-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!

HELPWVPaine

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:
 Defining_College_Career_Readiness
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

Closing:

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!

 

FTF: Measure Twice, Cut Once

This old adage is great for  woodworking, but NOT for education.
This old adage is great for woodworking, but NOT for education.

Repeatedly, you have read my researched articles verifying CCSS, CTE, STEM, and all the other names of the programs, resources, or standards “Common Core” goes with. For today’s “From the Files”, I’ll show you how MORE private companies are measuring education, not once, but twice. Their aspirations? In my researched opinion, to have cookie cutter students/citizens!

 
“USA Funds” and their Measuring:

Before we look at what USA Funds does for education meddling, here’s a visual of one set of ‘tools’ they offer to measure our students.

Return on investments belong in finance. Humans should be treated with dignity.
Return on investments belong in finance. Humans should be treated with dignity.

Here’s a dead giveaway for the CCSS Machine’s involvement in education, a P3( Public Private Partnership).

Is MT the only state partnering with USA Funds?!
Is MT the only state partnering with USA Funds?!

Okay, now I have your attention, just WHO is behind, or WHAT is, USA Funds? According to their website, “In 1960 USA Funds® was founded by a group of business leaders who were concerned about the rising cost of a college education. The company was incorporated with the purpose of providing aid and support to college students from all walks of life and particularly among those who otherwise might be unable to attend college. In 1961 USA Funds guaranteed its first student loan.”  Now, fast forward to 2015 and you’ll see:
“Today USA Funds has adopted “Completion With a Purpose” as the guiding principle for its philanthropic and investment activities, supporting initiatives that are focused on transforming the higher education experience for America’s students so they are prepared for jobs in the 21st century economy.”

That “Completion With a Purpose” program? Hang on to your anti CCSS warrior hats:
4 pro CCR (college and career ready), CTE (career tech education), and/or CCSS (Common Core State Standards)  goals! a) “streamlining key education transitions”; b) “facilitating smoother pathways from campus to workplace”; c) “promoting innovative college and career preparations”; and d)“frameworks for data-driven decision making”. Now, if you are a seasoned anti CC Warrior, you picked up on the alignment buzzwords. However, if you are new to fighting CCSS, you may need a hint as to where in plain sight, the CCSS buzzwords are. They are, “streamlining”, “pathways”, “college and career prep”, and “data driven”.  If you would like to see the 4 goals and their entire descriptions, visit: http://www.usafunds.org/Pages/About.aspx There you can read the target student populations USA Funds are seeking. As with anything, any group, or any person connected to the CCSS Machine, USA Funds’ “Completion With a Purpose” is written in detail and is the theme of their 2014 Annual Report. I’ll share the document with you, but I’d like to preempt it with telling you the Report is slam full of CCR (college/career readiness), closing the ‘skills gap’, and much more. You can see how they are working hand in hand with the US Chamber of Commerce (a well known and easily identifiable member of the CCSS Machine). You can also see how they are tied with the “Jobs for America” program, also CCSS/CTE aligned to the hilt (I previously wrote about JfA and will include the link to the article at the end of this one). Lastly, you can learn how USA Funds is  supportive of outcome based/workforce driven education. Read: 2014AnnualReport

Okay, so far, we’ve learned USA Funds is CCSS supportive and as such, uses ‘tools’ like the first screen shot to ‘measure’ our students. The “Completion” Project can be considered another ‘measure’. How so? We know from the first hand accounts AND from documented research that ANYONE in the CCSS Machine’s path will be measured, assessed, and tracked via data mining. Is there more ‘measuring’ conducted by USA Funds to help churn out more ‘CCSS cookie cutter grads”? You bet there is!

 

USA Grantees:

Below are just the MAJOR grant awards USA Funds has given.
(As stated above) Jobs for America (CCR Ready)
 College Success Coaching 21st Century for 21st Century Scholars (increasing graduation rates)
Missouri Campus Collaborative (workforce ready education on a student outcome base)
US Chamber of Commerce’s Talent Supply Pipeline (to close the ‘skills gap’. I’ll provide the link to the article I wrote about the ‘talent supply’ at the close of this article)
Complete College America (deliberate career planning based on assessments/data track)
National Governors Association ‘America Works Policy’ Academies (other funding entities joining forces to support the NGA’s education/workforce linkage)
Purdue Polytechnic Indianapolis (career/college ready pathways especially geared for STEM {Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math})
Tulane University Cowen Institute Learn and Earn Career Pathways (equips those not in college or working to go on and earn a national credential for the workforce)
AACU (Association of American Colleges and Universities) Committing to Equity and Inclusion (increased student outcomes/achievement)
Prior Learning Assessments for MT Vets (assesses, then career pathways aligned to assessment)
AASCU (American Association for State Colleges and Universities) Re-Imagining First Year College (increases retention and achievement rates of freshmen students)
U.S. Conference of Mayors/USA Funds Pathways With a Purpose Initiative (competition based grants for CCR education advancement)
Education Commission of the States: States Financial Aid Redesign Project (aid recipients motivated via persistence toward completion of education. Also creates task forces to influence policies concerning performance based outcomes)
MT Tribal College Apprenticeship Initiative (gearing Native Americans for jobs to fit workforce needs; involves MT’s state Dept. of Labor)  (I’ve written about the aligned to CCSS/CTE/CCR apprenticeships before. That article will be included below with the other articles related to this one)
University Innovation Alliance (enhancing student outcomes/success) (see article below)
Central Indiana Corporate Partnership Workforce Development Initiative (aligns education and IN specific workforce needs to “address the skills gap”)
Midwestern Higher Education Compact Multi-State Collaborative on Military  Credit (involves military with Career Pathways) (Look for a related article below)
Community Health Network Nursing Academies (transforming nursing education)
Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Adaptive Learning Initiative (personalized learning based on best practices)

Those are just the education based grants USA Funds gives out.  To read the entire descriptions of each of these above, see:
http://www.usafunds.org/PhilanthropyNationalEngagement/Pages/CurrentGrantees.aspx

They also have a section of community based grants. Warriors Against the Core, there’s more alignment to the CCSS Machine in those grants as well! See the community based groups receiving pro CCSS/CCR/CTE backer based funds from USA Funds:
http://www.usafunds.org/PhilanthropyNationalEngagement/Pages/Partnerships.aspx

What does all this prove? Massive amounts of money funneled through one group to impact entire states, regions, and communities…and ALL for Common Core alignment through P3s!

USA Funds also has career alignment for the ‘disconnected youth’. As far as the ‘college value’ where our students of all ages are concerned? Among the grant recipients included are the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, American Institutes of Research(AIR), Gallup, U S National Skills Coalition (see below for their article), and others! See:
http://www.educationvalue.org/grantees/ 

As far as the value of our students college education, the screen shot below will show you how USA Funds feels each state’s ROI (Return on Investment) should look.

To see the rest of the wheel: http://www.educationvalue.org/college-value/
To see the rest of the wheel:
http://www.educationvalue.org/college-value/

When you visit the above page, notice how this ties to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s College Scorecards and data mining/sharing.

Related articles:

1) To learn how apprenticeships are being aligned by the CCSS Machine:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/
2) The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Talent Supply Pipeline”:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/05/22/fom-chambers-pot-of-lies-for-ccss/
2a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/wybi-wednesday-flying-minds-common-core/
3) U.S National Skills Coalition:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/07/rmt-halting-a-ccsscte-aligned-workforce/
4) Military and CCSS:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/16/tech-thursday-common-core-military-special/
5) University Innovation Alliance and others seen above or ones you learn about by investigating the USA Funds grant awardees:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/wybi-ccss-supporter-profiling-higher-ed-degrees/

I don't know about you, but I do NOT wish to see cookie cutter graduates!
I don’t know about you, but I do NOT wish to see cookie cutter graduates!

 

 

 

 

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.

ncaligndata

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:
http://nctower.com/
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.

Closing:

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/

Weekend News: Your Anti CCSS Back To School Wish

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

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

“Education Nation”:

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

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

 

The Mind Bending:

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

 

The Other Supportive CCSS Machine Members of Parent Toolkit:

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

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


What We Can Do:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Closing:

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

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’:

gtrightpic2

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.

adamssupport

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.

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Ed Leaders Aligned Standards?!

As a Common Core warrior, it is important to state that education reform in the realm of the CC Standards finds us uncovering alignment from all angles. No matter if it is directed toward the students, teachers, administration, or other areas in education, there is always something there which points (either very subtly or very glaringly) us back to the CCSS Machine. My example today is the new “Digital Promise”/“Getting Smart” Education ‘white paper’. Below is a screen shot from the paper, be sure to enlarge it to see more and to find out where you can download it for free. As a CCSS warrior, you’ll need it. In the event you cannot enlarge the shot, here’s the website address: http://cdno3.gettingsmart.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Preparing-Leaders-for-Deeper-Learning-FINAL.pdf

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Not only will you find the Asia Society, the Chief Council of State School Officers (CCSSO), the Alliance for Excellence in Education, named in the white paper, but the Bush Society, the New Leaders, and the updated educational leaders standards from the ISLLC (Interstate School Leadership Licensure Consortium). The two of the main organizations presenting the 2015  ISLLC Standards  are the CCSSO and the NPBEA (National Policy Board for Educational Administration). I was able to find the 2014 CCSSO ISLLC Public Comment report (which I’ve provided for you). Why go back to that report? In the introductory pages, you’ll find a list of other organizations involved in educational leadership alignment. (For example, AIR (the American Institute of Research), the NGA (National Governors Association, as in the other 1/2 owner of CCSS copyrights) You’ll also be able to access the sentences surrounding the fact that these aligned, updated educational leader standards are for “45 states and the District  of Columbia”.
See: Draft 2014 ISLLC Standards 09102014

Six Standards for Educational Leaders:

The ISLLC has a set of 6 Standards for educational leaders. Many websites and publications have them listed for your informational purposes. One site, which I’m providing not only has them in a concise form, but also has a live link back to the CCSSO you may wish to follow. That embedded live link goes to the CCSSO’s resource page where you can access the original 1996 Educator Standards. See: http://schoolbriefing.com/isllc-standards/

ASCD Weighs In:

The ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) has also given their thumbs up on the updated 2015 ISLLC Standards. They’ve also expressed their concerns about the Standards. Why do I involve the ASCD? ASCD is a well identified educational leadership resource…it also is 100% Common Core aligned. It has roots in Gates Foundation funding, it impacts educational leaders on all levels, in every state. To see their concerns and comments for all that’s new in educational leadership standards: http://www.ascd.org/ASCD/pdf/siteASCD/policy/ASCD-ISLLC-Comments.pdf

Should you wish to explore the evidence I’ve found (as have other anti CCSS warriors) about ASCD’s involvement with Gates/CCSS, I’ve provided my set of articles in one link for you: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=ASCD (*NOTE: as always, in each of my articles I supply the links, documents, and resources so you can read, study, and discern for yourselves.)

To access another anti CCSS warrior and her findings:
LadyLiberty1885’s ASCD article: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/11/12/common-core-aligned-itunes-apps/

Digital Promises Ties to CCSS:

“Digital Promise” is another portion of the CCSS Machine. It also can be found by another name:  ‘National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies’. What’s noteworthy is the under the NCRAIDT name, you can learn it originated as part of the non profit entities of the U.S. federal government. Straight from the DP’s website history page:

“Digital Promise is an independent, bipartisan nonprofit, authorized by Congress in 2008 as the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies through Section 802 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush.

With an initial Board of Directors recommended by Members of Congress and appointed by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, President Barack Obama formally launched Digital Promise in September 2011. Startup support came from the U.S. Department of Education, Carnegie Corporation of New York, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.”

Here’s the DP website address: http://www.digitalpromise.org/
Here’s the White House’s Fact sheet on Digital Promise: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/15/fact-sheet-digital-promise-initiative

Closing/Action Steps:

First, if you’ve not been able to see the connections between the 2015 ISLLC Standards for Educators and the pro CCSS groups involved, please go back and re-read this. While you probably won’t see any of the documents spell out “Common Core State Standards”, you can easily identify the known groups, people, and agenda of CCSS. Remember, many of the pro CCSS buzzwords/phrases are rich in these documents.

Second, notice the involvement of the well known, pro CCSS public private partnerships involved in educational leader reform. Did you notice the level of encouragement for MORE P3 involvement in educational leader reform? It is definitely there.

Third, share this with an educational leader. Talk with them. What are they experiencing? Is there are way we can reach out to them and help them NOT to become aligned to Common Core and its mission?

WYBI: “STEM to STEaM”, Ties to Common Core, Pt. 1

Maybe you've heard of STEM, but have you heard about STEM to STEaM?
Maybe you’ve heard of STEM, but have you heard about ‘STEM to STEaM’?

Some months ago, I shared with you that I’d dug into how STEM and Common Core are related. It’s not a popular subject. Why? Most folks don’t want to see how the two are directly hinged together. However, if we’re going to effectively FIGHT CCSS, we must know all the places it lurks!
Did you know the CCSS Machine has rolled out yet another ‘new’ portion of education reform? Yes, it’s called “STEM to STEaM”. In the first of multi day installments, I’ll share with you what else I’ve been able to uncover.

“STEM to STEaM”, What Does It Mean?:

We know STEM is short for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”. Those supportive of Common Core aren’t content (are they ever?) to leave education alone. No, it appears a constant barrage of ‘new’ standards is always upon us. So what does the “STEaM” portion of the above phrase mean? “Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math”. I’ve also shared with you, in the past, how the Arts have already sold out to Common Core via the National Arts Common Standards (see:
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/15/rmt-ccss-hits-the-sour-notes/ and b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/rmt-national-humanity-common-core-style/ )

Enter CCSS: a Vehicle for Education Reform:

According to the publication I’ve referred to many times, “Common Core: A Global Education” by Berit Kjos, the roots of what we now know as CCSS began about 100 years ago. Then, in 2004, an agreement between Bill Gates and UNESCO was entered into. The purpose? Global curriculum. (See: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=13825) Contrast those few facts with these following nuggets I found in the PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology) Report from Sept. 2010.

1) What we know as STEM now, in their report, came alive in the 1980s and its purpose was to have aligned and benchmarked education standards. 2) To ensure this happened, as well as securing a way for the other agenda items PCAST had laid out, it was decided the BEST way to accomplish ALL of this was by inserting them into the CCSS as it was just getting off the ground. (remember, this report is from 2010, and the Common Core was just being unleashed in the States via Race to the Top funding.) To access the 2010 Report:
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Enter STEM, the Driver of the Vehicle:

Using this same Report, let’s look at some of the exact words from page 12. These 5 items will lay out the agenda hiding behind what we’ve always had in education: science and math. We’ve also had engineering and technology. But, when you take these subjects and filter them through national standards, the ‘engine’ begins to grind down to a halt.

STEM-capable citizenry, a STEM-proficient workforce, and future STEM experts, the Nation must focus on two complementary goals: We must prepare all students, including girls and minorities who are underrepresented in these fields, to be proficient in STEM subjects. And we must inspire all students to learn STEM and, in the process, motivate many of them to pursue STEM careers.”

It is on this same page and the ones immediately following that you will see the Council’s plan unfold: use the Common Core Standards, train STEM certified teachers who will be the ones teaching STEM subjects, create more federal programs, initiatives that encompass the entire community (such as “Inspire”, “21st Century Community Learning Centers”, etc.)
Here’s an excerpt: “Stronger leadership, coherent strategy and greater coordination are essential to support innovation in K-12 STEM education. Toward this end, the Federal Government should (i) create new mechanisms, with substantially increased capacity, to provide leadership within each of the Department of Education and the National Science Foundation; (ii) establish a high-level partnership between these agencies; (iii) establish a standing Committee on STEM Education within the National Science and Technology Council responsible for creating a Federal STEM education strategy; and (iv) establish an independent Presidential Commission on STEM Education, in conjunction with the National Governors Association, to promote and monitor progress toward improving STEM education.” Funding for STEM (the federal government has earmarked billions of dollars)  and the number of programs connected (at least 220) is staggering. The public private partnerships participating, not only in the classrooms, but in the lesson planning, STEM related contests, community outreach programs, and including even our public libraries,  all are part and parcel of the federal plans for our students. Something else  you need to know about STEM: ‘The National Science Foundation is the only federal agency whose primary mission includes supporting education across all fields of science and engineering. As such, funding for STEM education at the NSF impacts not only, but also the entire federal STEM education effort.’ See the resource for the Funding: stemfund

The question I’m sure you have by now is ‘why’? Why is all this attention being paid to STEM? In a short and simple phrase, ‘the American greater good’. From the viewpoint of the Common Core, ‘the global economy’ and ‘being career and college ready’.

By participating in STEM programs( which are made available to every educational choice out there: public, private, charter, parochial, homeschool), we are in essence allowing an agenda that is not our own to be a part of our family, our school, our curriculum and lesson plans. STEM extends well beyond 12th grade and does, in fact, present itself in community colleges, proprietary post secondary schools, public and (some) private universities and colleges. In short, as we’ve seen with CCSS, if the school receives federal money, STEM is there.
Related resource: http://www.districtadministration.com/article/helping-stem-take-root (an article detailing federal overreach into education via STEM)
Related resource:

The website to access the data for STEM from pre-K to Workforce. http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/sei/edTool/explore.html
The website to access the data for STEM from pre-K to Workforce.
http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/sei/edTool/explore.html

Federal, top down control of any choice in education is not only wrong, it’s illegal. In case you missed it, not only is the Dept. of Education mixed in this, so is the NGA (National Governors Association)…half owner of the CCSS copyright.

Here's the CCSS pipeline. The NGA and the CCSSO have ensured our students are put through this. Notice the similarities to the STEM one above?
Here’s the CCSS pipeline. The NGA and the CCSSO have ensured our students are put through this. Notice the similarities to the STEM one above?

Closing:
Coming in the next installment: the ‘gas’ for the vehicle (CCSS) that’s needed for the driver (STEM) to succeed…STEaM. It will be packed with ‘can’t miss’ information!