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The Great Education Experiment

Nothing beats a trained mind, right?

Nothing beats a trained mind, right?

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

 

The Announcement:

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

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

What Does This Mean?

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

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

 

So What is the Experiment?

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

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

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

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

 

What the Fed Said:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/
https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/

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

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

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


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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Before I Go:

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

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

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


Closing:

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

 

 

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FOM Friday: CCSS and Test Prep

It's Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what's truth, what's fallacy/fib or what's in between.
It’s Friday, you know what that means! Time to measure what’s truth, what’s fallacy/fib or what’s in between.

Common  Core Standards are everywhere. We know this is “Total Truth”. However, have you heard of this one service designed to help your student ace the ACT or SAT? Let’s start the Fib-o-Meter!!

“Testive”:

I found this company on my smartphone as I was scrolling through my Facebook. The ad featured an adorable fox with glasses and promised great things about passing the ACT/SAT. That got me to thinking…Since ACT and SAT are CCSS aligned, just how aligned is the service to help me make a better score?

Website: http://learn.testive.com/  Right off the bat on the homepage, “raise your score by 200+ points”. You’ll see the ‘study anywhere, anytime’ pitch. The ‘free’ access, the team of folks who are SO ready to motivate you into greatness. There’s a catch, however…according to the video introduction, you should of already taken the ACT or SAT at least once and tell them when you plan to take it again. Watch it below:

Did you catch the part about who has access to your information? Did you hear which major school developed the service? Did you see the word ‘free’? (Fib-o-Meter’s rating this “Total Fallacy”. Why? See their page called ‘refer a friend’. You’ll save $100.00 off your payment during the 2nd month. Doesn’t sound ‘free’ to me, does it to you?)

Let’s see what the Fib-o-Meter can filter for us about some more of what was spoken.

MIT:

Long considered a stellar institution for learning, has MIT gone the way of the Core?

Seems MIT been up to lots of things for CCSS.
Seems MIT been up to lots of things for CCSS.

Fib-o-Meter also found these other “Total Truths” about MIT and Common Core.

a) Gates Foundation awarded MIT over $3 million to develop this game back in 2011 for not only CCSS, but Next Gen Science Standards as well. See: http://www.gatesfoundation.org/How-We-Work/Quick-Links/Grants-Database/Grants/2011/12/OPP1033732   See one of the developers tout the CCSS in the game featured in the above screen shot.  https://vimeo.com/41505984

b) If you use “BLOSSOMS”, it’s MIT/CCSS, see: http://blossoms.mit.edu/news/stories/mit_blossoms_lessons_can_be_searched_common_core_state_standards_and_next_generation_sc

c) See not only MIT’s involvement in the Reading Standards for CCSS, but Harvard, Boston University, and others in this published article by the New American, http://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/13077-will-common-core-standards-solve-the-reading-problem

Harvard:

Here’s a Fib-o-Meter find from Testive’s website, (click to enlarge the graphic below).

Harvard partnered with Pearson Publishing to bring us all adult level CCSS via Career Pathways.
Harvard partnered with Pearson Publishing to bring us all adult level CCSS via Career Pathways.

More “Total Truths” about Harvard and CCSS can be found in some of my previously published articles. Use the link to access every one of them. They are chock full of other useful links, videos, documents, and more information. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/tag/harvard/

Fib-o-Meter found this “Total Truth” about Harvard and the Gates Foundation, click to enlarge the picture.

YOu can find many other grants given to Harvard by the GF, as well as others for MIT.
You can find many other grants given to Harvard by the GF, as well as others for MIT.

Back to Testive For a Moment:

Fib-o-Meter wasn’t able to find “Testive” in the Gates Foundation grants. So where does it get its funding? From a 2013 press release here’s what might be a clue for us, “Today, the National Tutoring Association named Testive as its official Test Preparation Technology and will offer discounts on Testive’s SAT preparation software to all of its members. Tetsive and the NTA say that this partnership helps tutors grow their businesses by improving their current offerings and cost-effectively reaching students who want the private tutoring experience for a more modest cost.” Wait, there’s more.We only partner with companies of the highest educational quality and professional integrity. Testive’s product is unique in that it seeks to enhance the power of the tutor rather than replace it with a machine. We’re excited to bring this and other services to our members that can both help them grow their businesses and improve their educational outcomes,” said Dr. Sandi Ayaz, Executive Director of the NTA.” (Is it only me or do you find the statement about highest integrity to be a bit fallacious? How can your service be integrity filled when Common Core’s involved?) See the entire press release: http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/national-tutoring-association-teams-with-testive-give-members-cutting-edge-blended-learning-1839375.htm

As far as funding, this article bears all the “Total Truth” about how Testive got started financially. See: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/startups/2015/01/edtech-startup-testive-raises-500k-in-preparation.html  Contrast that with the 2014 announcement of a fee reduction. (not sure why, if this is true, the current website still discusses payments/pricing.) See: http://assets.bizjournals.com/bizjournals/how-to/growth-strategies/2014/11/this-entrepreneur-grew-revenue-by-giving-away-his.html

National Tutoring Association:

According to their website, http://www.ntatutor.com/, they are thousands strong across America AND the ONLY association of its kind. Here’s an excerpt I found in one of their archived newsletters,The National Tutoring Association is the oldest and largest association dedicated solely to the advancement of tutors. The NTA is the only association in the United States accredited to train and provide certification to tutors, tutor trainers, and tutorial programs. We are also the only association equipped to provide tutor training both face-to-face and online.” To access the archived newsletters, be sure to look in the “Resources” list when you scroll over the tab. So, Fib-o-Meter discovered the CCSS tie (without the CCSS brand name showing up). In press release from January 2013. Check out the ‘college/career readiness’ shout out.

“The Mentoring Academy is the key community engagement program of AT&T‘s $350 million investment in Aspire, focused on high school success and leading to college and career readiness. AT&T’s employees are helping their communities with a goal of providing 1 million hours of mentoring to students at risk of dropping out of high school. The NTA was chosen by LEAD, the organizer of this particular program, as the primary tutor training resource. With over 20 years of experience, NTA is the only US educational association accredited to train and certify tutors, tutor trainers, tutoring programs and centers, and academic coaches.

The mentoring and academic readiness program incorporates NTA training and certification of high-school peer tutors at approximately 36 schools to be designated in the coming weeks. AT&T employees may also elect to receive academic coach training and national NTA certification in support of their mentoring activities.”  The rest of the press release can be found at http://www.ntatutor.com/press-room.html (*Note: scroll down until you see the happy people in cowboy hats) Fib-o-Meter found another tie to CCSS and the NTA. Click on the image below to see how expense this “Total Truth” is:

Has your student's tutor been aware of this?
Has your student’s tutor been aware of this?

To see how much NTA has worked with ACT, SAT, and others; as well as see what the $9500.00 worth of CCSS training will get you, see: http://www.ntatutor.com/implementing-the-common-core-standards.html

Crossroads of Learning:

Website: http://www.crossroadsoflearning.com/, they describe themselves as being  “a division of Media InfoSystems, Inc., a Los Angeles based training and IT consulting company. Our mission is to bring valuable tools and connections to a variety of audiences using the most effective and friendly techniques and technologies available.” Fib-o-Meter discovered in the publication called the “Journal” there are several articles geared for tutors on how to factor in CCSS. I’ve included the link for all the search results so you can find several “Total Truths” and “Total Fallacies” on your own. See: http://crossroadsoflearning.com/journal/?s=common+core+standards

Global Tutoring Association:

I learned about this group when I read on NTA’s website about their leadership attending a GTA conference. GTA’s website: http://globaltutoringassociation.org/

According to their information, “The GTA has been formed in recognition of the need for responsible self-regulation in an industry that is growing rapidly. As national governments become increasingly aware of the phenomenon of private tutoring there have been important questions asked of the industry.” To see how many members worldwide they have, visit http://globaltutoringassociation.org/index.php/membership/global-members While I didn’t find any CCSS information, I did find in their code of ethics , members MUST keep up the the absolute latest trends in education, help supply data, and a lot more. You might find their information on assessments very revealing. See: http://globaltutoringassociation.biz/pdfs/code_of_ethics_english.pdf

International Tutoring Association:

Fib-o-Meter found this group for you and you definitely will want to see how it’s tied to college/career readiness. Website: http://www.itatutor.org/

From their “About Us” page, this “Total Truth”,ITA has been recognized as a Tutoring Industry Expert, and was chosen to assist O*Net and the US Department of Labor in their compilation of data for the Tutoring Occupational Code.” 

What does THIS have to do with Common Core? It’s career profiler the U.S. Dept. of Labor sponsors. You can even browse the 16 CTE Career Clusters through Onet! (see: http://www.onetonline.org/find/career) Here’s a “Total Truth” , Onet relies on massive amounts of student data.

Fib-o-Meter found this You Tube video explaining how to use two websites to make the career pathway.

Closing:

It’s no secret tutoring is a booming industry. Millions of dollars are being poured into it, yet look at the leadership. Filled with self regulation and Common Core. What a dangerous mix. Forbes predicts billions will be made by 2018 in the private tutoring sector.

Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesmarshallcrotty/2012/10/30/global-private-tutoring-market-will-surpass-102-billion-by-2018/

Please note that I understand not every single private tutor out there adheres to the CCSS. However, look at the truths Fib-o-Meter exposed about who’s training those tutors. We can’t leave any stone unturned when it comes to education.