Recently, anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, the CCSS Machine organization known as Act, Inc. (think high stakes assessments, data mining, and workforce based alignment) published a paper about the ‘soft skills’ education alignment MUST include if we are to have employable students. It is the 2016 National Curriculum Survey (more about this later).
Many researchers, like myself, have been sharing with you over the years how the CBE (Competency Based Education) is a huge component of the illegally based education reformation we are witnessing. The evidence is plentiful, so I will not waste our time rehashing CBE’s roots.
I would like to point out to you this recent publication so we can see just how MUCH more propaganda the CCSS Machine has spun in regards to ‘soft skills’ and how ONLY the Common Core/ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act)/HEA (Higher Education Act)/WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) can do it all!
The Acts That Keep on ‘Killing’:
From the Act, Inc. 4 page document promoting how great a national workforce based credentialed system is and WHY everyone should be involved, is in the screen shot below. Note how the data base of skills is ONLY available at Act, Inc.
What does this have to do with ‘killing’? When we stop educating people to do what they desire and rely on skewed tests which align us to learn what the CCSS Machine demands, we KILL the love of learning.
This 4 page document is geared for the students and refers to them as ‘Career Seekers’.
Act, Inc. has also published another 4 page document for educators and how THEY can make sure students are CERTIFIED for workforce based national tracking!
This document informs us that there are 3 nationally based assessments students must take; that their scores to be workforce ready must be certain numbers which also translate into platinum, gold, silver, and bronze levels.
As educators, we are ‘killing’ our students spirit with alignment like this. Think about it, our students (of ALL ages) will not be as recognized for WHO they are, but WHAT level of certification they have!
Warriors, Act, Inc. also has a document explaining how they have studied all this workforce based/competency based education. They wax on about the case studies, the need for alignment, the ease of it all via data mining. As part of the alignment, Act, Inc. has a self assessment we can take called, Act ‘Engage’.
When I take this self assessment and COMBINE it with the other Act, Inc. workforce based assessments, I become part of a global workforce skills based company’s database called Envision. See for yourselves, below. Notice how early this alignment is starting, notice the personalized learning component, and yes, the data mining.
Look below at this screen shot. Notice how Act, Inc. is stating that for the first time workforce stakeholders were included in the National Curriculum Survey!!
This almost 90 page document is full of CBE information! It is full of all kinds of ways education is being made over with workforce as the ultimate goal! Act, Inc. also states, in this report, that the College and Career Readiness Standards are theirs. Throughout the ESSA, you will find the phrase ‘college/career readiness’.
It has been reported by other anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors that the ACT test is also being considered as one of the 2 national assessments that would replace the SBAC and PARCC. Think this is all a coincidence? It certainly doesn’t seem that way to me.
Page 3 of this Survey will connect ACT, Inc. to the Common Core State Standards, as well as continue the ties to workforce based education. To access this information, NCS_Report_Web
Notice that the Campaign includes policy and government relations. That means Act, Inc. has a front row seat in Washington, D.C.! Notice the States and leaders from those States tout how great Act, Inc.’s College/Career Readyefforts are.
Lastly, from Act, Inc.’s website, you can find a recent report for the purposed use of dual enrollment which also blends in quite easily with the education agenda for workforce readiness. Dual enrollment is a favored option for home educated students. So, when the CCSS Machine set out to align ALL educational choices, they meant it. You can find this 2015 Report at the bottom of the website page: https://www.act.org/
Warriors, find out how far down the Act, Inc. alignment path your State is. What legislation does your State have for Workforce Development? Is your State aware of the ties to the CCSS Machine with the College/Career Readiness?
Hot on the heels of Dr. King’s confirmation as the Secretary of Education, Achieve, Inc. has released its report of grading each of the States on College/Career Readiness (CCR), a form of CCSS (Common Core State Standards). CCR is embedded in the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) several times.
Since Sen. Alexander felt it important enough to ball up his fists and bang them on the podium in expressing the need to ‘implement ESSA just as it was written’, we know CCR will be part of the process.
Secondly, an excerpt of interest. “For more than a decade, Achieve has issued an annual 50-state report on each state’s adoption of college- and career-ready (CCR) policies as reflected in state standards, graduation requirements, assessments, and accountability systems.”
A reflecting question:
Hmmm…wait a minute, CCSS is NOT a decade old, is it? IFCCSS is that old and CCR is a part of it (as I have previously proven and shared with you), why are we just seeing CCR instead of CCSS, especially in the ESSA?
The answer: As we know, CCSS is a toxic phrase, by switching the language to a not-so-well-known-name-of-the-same-thing, you impress folks that all is well. However, those fools didn’t count on savvy anti CCSS Warriors who KNOW no matter WHAT name is slapped on a piece of paper, when it comes to CCSS, it is ALL the same!
What the Report says: “These individual state profiles, as well as a K–12 summary report, represent the first time that indicators of college and career readiness, from publicly available sources, have been compiled to paint a picture of college and career readiness in every state in this way. The report and accompanying state profiles illustrate that too few high school graduates are prepared to succeed in post-secondary education, the military, and careers.”
My guess? Achieve, Inc. is painting a subjectively based picture. Why? How many times have we seen ‘research’ that is from one CCSS Machine member based on other CCSS Machine members findings? PLENTY!
The Report gives you charts, percentages of CCR success based on SBAC, PARCC, SAT, AP, and ACT testing. It will give you a map of the USA color coded by degree of the following:
1) no current CCR standards or coursework in use
2) has current CCR standards/coursework, but will not publicly share that information
3) has current CCR standards/coursework and does publicly share the information.
Thanks to the language of the ESSA, all States will have CCR Standards, or Challenging State Academic Standards which must meet the assessments used.
The Report also gives you the name of each State’s diploma name. Be sure to read how many have some form of CCR in them! (One important note: while the introduction says all 50 States, all 50 State’s information is not included! Why? That pesky category #2 from above, not all the States publicly share CCR information. By the way, since you know I live in NC, I can share NC doesn’t publicly share its CCR information. Fortunately however, I have!)
Further in the Report you will find the CCR measurements of dual enrollment students, early college students, Tech School, and IB (International Baccalaureate) students. Since many homeschool students use AP, some IB, early college, Tech Schools, and dual enrollment (and since this will only increase in the ESSA) options for education, you can see how even these students do NOT escape CCR!
The Report’s Research and Methods? NCES (National Center for Education Statistics), College Board, ACT, Inc., and the Education Trust. ALLCCSS Machine members! Talk about subjectivity! Talk about massive data mining/sharing!
Part of the research and methodology included race, income, STEM, formative assessment scores, and military or post-secondary enrollment. To access the methodology: Achieve-Methodology-CCR_HS_Grads
If you live in a State which does not publicly share CCR information, Achieve, Inc. has you covered there. Use the link at the very top (will say ‘state profiles’). Scroll down to the portion of the website you see each State’s name. You can click there and access the findings Achieve, Inc. has been able to use to paint their picture. You can print off or download each of the State Reports if you choose.
Oh, and one last note: Achieve, Inc. believes in CCSS/CCRSO much they even provide you with a video on how to understand the Report at the bottom of the page. They seriously need a new set of paints and paintbrushes!
If you need more proof of the Achieve, Inc.’s agenda for aligned education, be sure to see their page: http://www.achieve.org/our-agenda Don’t miss their proud work on their initiatives of Next Generation Science Standards, Competency Based Career Paths, and using CCSS to its fullest! See: http://www.achieve.org/our-initiatives
Warriors Against all things connected to Common Core, this weekend’s news will give you an update on CCR, ‘college and career readiness’. We know there are ‘CCR Standards’.What else can we learn?
What defines ‘college, career readiness’?
If we look at the pro CCSS parameters, CCR (college, career readiness) is:
1) “With the growing complexity of the world and the increasing demands of the 21st-century workforce, there is little question that all students should graduate from high school fully prepared for college AND careers. From an academic perspective, college and career readiness means that a high school graduate has the knowledge and skills in English and mathematics necessary to qualify for and succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing post-secondary coursework without the need for remediation.” (*Note: this is from Achieve,Inc. To see the rest of their CCR views, http://www.achieve.org/college-and-career-readiness)
2) From the U.S. Dept. of Ed, the push to re-authorize the old Elementary and Secondary Education Act via HR5(Student Success Act)or S1177(Every Child Achieves Act) will most assuredly give us CCR. “Rigorous College- and Career-Ready Standards. Following the lead of the nation’s governors and state education leaders, the administration is calling on all states to adopt state developed standards in English language arts and mathematics that build toward college and career readiness by the time students graduate from high school, and high-quality statewide assessments aligned with these standards. States may choose to: either upgrade their existing standards, working with their four-year public university system to certify that mastery of the standards ensures that a student will not need to take remedial coursework upon admission to a postsecondary institution in the system; or work with other states to create state-developed common standards that build toward college and career readiness.” To read the rest of the document promoting CCSS: college-career
(*Note: the real strings that will bind us to the CCSS Machine’s planned agenda will be in the sections detailing support, accountability, and assessing.)
3) The College and Career Readiness Center (which is part of AIR, Inc. and funded by the U.S. Dept. of Ed), is 100% devoted to not only CCR, but Career Tech Ed, outcome based education, and competency based education for not only preK to grad school, but teachers and leaders, too. Here is their document made for all those SEAs (State Education Agents (which means any group, organization, or individual your state has authorized to be involved in education) has access to. Why would they need this guide? It helps them plan alignment to the ‘standards and assessments!! Measurement Practice Guide Chapter 1_0 To see more about the CCR Center, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/11/wybi-jhuy/
These are helpful, but is there even more we can learn about the CCR Standards?!
Knowing who has funded CCSS, is a member of this Institute, AND is guiding states toward THEIR agenda, is it any wonder our states seem to be deaf to our citizens?!
Watch this one from Ed Delivery and you will hear that STEM jobs being filled is the goal.
Why is the fact STEM is the goal of college, career readiness so relevant? One of my very first published blog articles shared with you the 2010 Presidential Report, “Prepare & Inspire K-12 Education in STEM for America’s Future”. Who wrote this report? PCAST, President’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology. “The goal of the PDF[report} was a then, new strategy for improving K-12 education. Notice in the introduction of the report these key items: the 2 prongs and 5 overarching priorities therein to transforming education (we must prepare students & inspire those motivated to the point of STEM for life) via a) federal leadership in education must be improved; b) federal government supportive of a common baseline via the new state led initiative; c) recruit more STEM teachers; d) STEM outside schools; e) federal government support the states and schools as they transform. Here’s the closing statement the co-chairs of the PCAST made, “We are confident that the report provides a workable, evidence-based roadmap for achieving the vision you have so boldly articulated for STEM education in America,” There is much more about PCAST and this report, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/02/from-the-files-pcast-stem-and-common-core/
Going through my email a couple of days ago, I opened this ‘lovely gem’. It’s all about how I can learn to purposefully embed formative assessments in my classroom. While many anti CCSS warriors AND pro CCSS supporters have tackled formative assessments, we still are seeing new resources everyday geared to help us shine in the CCSS spotlight. What a crock. My hard earned money to pay for a book to teach me how to align my students. Let’s see what else we can find out. Join me as I ponder over assessments.
Pictured above is Dr. Dylan William. If you don’t know his name in education. That’s okay. I didn’t really either. I can tell you he’s got a great British accent. I can tell you he’s been in education for over 30 years. You can ‘google’ him and find out all kinds of CCSS related things he’s done. For example, “Education Week” writer Mr. Hess had an article back in 2014 about the 5 non signers of the CCSS validation committee. Dr. William was one of the five. However, his love for CCSS is ever present. See this excerpt, “In any event, one of the more interesting responses I received was from my friend Dylan William, emeritus professor of educational assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London; former senior research director at ETS; and author of Embedded Formative Assessment. Dylan was one of the 29 members of the Common Core Validation Committee and one of the five who refused to sign off on the standards. I asked if I could share his note, and Dylan gave his okay. It’s worth noting that Dylan remains bullish on the Common Core. He writes, “To re-iterate, I think the Common Core State Standards are our best shot at creating an education system that meets the challenges of the 21st century. I am frankly appalled at the level of much of the debate, so if you think this can help, by all means share it.” ” To see the rest of the article,
From back in his days at ETS, I did find a speech he gave to during the Salzburg Global Seminar back in 2011. Conference Theme? “Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gaps Worldwide”. Dr. William’s full speech? “How Do We Prepare Students for a World We Can’t Imagine?”I found the document in Dropbox form, but I encourage you to access it for yourselves. It’s important you read and discern for yourselves what was shared. I’ll give you a hint however, his abstract paragraph opens with words to the effect of educational achievement is any given country’s economic detriment. I urge you to access the 2011 version, then compare it to the 2014 version. Optimizing-Talent-20140829
If you’d like ETS’s short version of the 2011 speech, see their 2012 publication: optimizeded
A little more snooping on the internet and I found Dr. William on the NWEA‘s website (Northwest Evaluation Association). Based off the 5 ways William states that formative assessing should be embedded, is a blog article that you’ll need to read to believe. Especially the embedded video. The narrator of the video shares a huge nugget of information for us as CCSS warriors. He states that IF the kids score higher, get better jobs, the taxes generated off this successful students would pay the entire K-12 public school system’s needs for the next 30 years!See the blog AND definitely watch the video: https://www.nwea.org/blog/2013/using-formative-assessment-to-build-school-and-teacher-leadership/
(*Note: If you’re a bit curious about NWEA, be sure to check out their website:http://www.nwea.org Maybe you’ve heard of their best product “MAP” (Measures of Academic Progress), which is used is both PARCC and SBAC. See:https://www.nwea.org/?s=MAP
You might also be interested in this 2011 article about NWEA which shared how NWEA is funded. See: http://www.oregonbusiness.com/articles/99-may-2011/5177-educational-nonprofit-makes-software-for-schools?start=1 )
Hawker Brownlow Education:
This company is a privately owned one in Australia and featured Dr. William back in 2013 where he extolled the virtues of formative assessing. Now, don’t get me wrong. When taken away from CCSS alignment, I believe formative assessing CAN help our education. But herein lies the “Catch 22”, no one in the assessing business seems capable of NOT aligning to CCSS, or to College/Career Readiness Standards, Next Gen Standards, and on and on. So, does HBE have ties to CCSS? Let’s see…
To see their video featuring Dr. William:
HBE also partners with the Marzano Institute. If you’ve not heard of them, you will know about this group in a few minutes.
Based in America, but with global outreach capacities. Also head of the RISC (Re-inventing Schools Coalition). Before we get to RISC, however, my Texan friends will most likely tie Marzano to CSCOPE. Their not “CCSS” but yes, it really is CCSS nightmare. Here’s an excerpt I found on The Blaze’s website, “But while the groups to which CSCOPE appears relatively beholden may sound alarms for critics, the actual researchers CSCOPE credits with providing the basis for its curriculum seem to be formidable industry veterans by and large. Those educators include Robert Marzano, Fenwick English, John Crain, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Grant Wiggins, Jay McTighe, H. Lynn Erickson, and James Barufaldi.” (see the entire article: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/03/07/cscope-exposing-the-nations-most-controversial-public-school-curriculum-system/) You’ll probably want to read the 2013 article Freedom Outpost/Charlotte Iserbyt’s published article as to how they described Dr. Marzano’s take on education. See: http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/06/school-choicecharters-will-kill-private-education/
Right off the bat, at this website, I was greeted with the “Acheive, Inc.” logo. This won’t take long to find the CCSS tie, now will it? You’ll want to see all the groups who are partnering in the RISC project. Access the information:
If you hurry, you can learn about the upcoming RISC/CCSS alignment package! It’s set to be in our faces by 2016. See: http://www.reinventingschools.org/services/common-core-proficiency-scalesassessment-package-2/
SO much purposed embedding! Have you noticed a theme among the different people, groups, and organizations? I sure did. Economy, taxes, performance. UGH! What happened to real education?! As long as powerful people like this with very global agendas that are frankly un-American, we will need to sharpen our efforts to remain a land of free thinkers.
“Create” (Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teacher Effectiveness). Common Core is all over this Consortium. Here are their own words about their vision, “The vision of the Consortium for Research on Educational Assessment and Teaching Effectiveness (CREATE) is improved student learning, development, and achievement in PK-12 schools, institutes of higher education, and other educational settings.”
Heading up CREATE is a lady from the College of William and Mary. Sounds innocent, but looking into W & M, Common Core Standards are supported by them. How? Through their Gifted Education program. See the screen shot below:
While I was looking into William and Mary, I found that other educational interests of school entwine the global movement. See this screen shot below. One of the professors there had this document in his resume. If you’d like the document I found this in:
You’ll want to see the AERA video below to see how they were (at the time) so excited about CC/Research.
“JCSEE”, (Joint Committee on Standards for Educational Evaluation) :
Their website: http://www.jcsee.org/, I introduced you to JCSEE a few months ago, but let’s assume you don’t know JCSEE. From their ‘about’ website page, “Created in 1975, the Joint Committee is a coalition of major professional associations concerned with the quality of evaluation. The Joint Committee is housed at the Center for Evaluation and Assessment, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA.” It’s a 501(c) 3 public charity. Two of its many sponsors are the NEA (National Educators Association) and the CCSS (Council of Chief State School Officers), both are huge fans of CCSS. Here’s the link to my original article I wrote. Notice between that one and this, the differences in a few months. https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/02/ftf-create-they-know-your-school-do-you-know-them/
Back to CREATE:
Presently, the folks at CREATE are busy readying themselves for the 2015 CREATE Conference. It’s to be held in Charleston, SC sometime in the fall. If you look at the conference from last year (since nothing for this one is viable on the website yet) you can see they love to talk about assessments. From the 2013 Conference there was plenty to be heard on CTE (Career Tech Education), as well. See the Conference program: CREATE13. (*Note: if you click on the link for 2014’s Conference, you are taken to 2013’s automatically. See the other years and their information: http://www.createconference.org/past-conferences.html )
Related to CREATE:
The National Council of Measurement in Education, http://ncme.org/index.cfm , their upcoming conference is in April 2015. Since all these folks do is assessment related, you’ll want to see their tie to the high stakes assessing CC has going on. Pearson Publishing and College Board both have seats around the Board of Directors. Two of the 3 officers belong to ACT, Inc. and CTB MacGraw-Hill Publishing. My warrior friends, did you catch that? Four positions belong to known and identified CCSS profit makers. When you visit any of the above links, note how they are all somehow related. Note the NCME’s assessment dictionary. You’ll want to see how they define high stakes assessments. They certainly plan to have some jesting about assessments during the upcoming conference in April. Click the screen shot below and enlarge it.
According to the NCME’s Conference website, you’ll be able to get the lowdown on PARCC, SBAC, and more. See the program: 2015_NCME_Preliminary_Program_H You’ll be happy to see one of the keynote speakers is NY’s John King. As an added bonus for today, I was able to find a 2010 NCME newsletter discussing their involvement with the development of PARCC and SBAC high stakes assessments. Get the download: NCME2010. Finally, you might find the 2014 December newsletter eye opening in regards to PARCC and SBAC. Get it: NCME_Newsletter_December_2014 (*Note, be sure to look for SBAC, Act, Inc., AIR, and more)
Common Core aligned projects, initiatives, and assessments appear to be a dime a dozen these days. So when a new one pops up, many don’t really notice. For example, did you know the U.S. Dept of Education AND the U.S. Dept of Defense are partners in data mining your students information??
Read all about it:
“The Learning Registry” as it’s called debuted back in November 2011. Hyped as a clearinghouse type of information resource sharing for educators. Don’t take my word for it, read what Arne Duncan had to say, “Learning Registry addresses a real problem in education, by bridging the silos that prevent educators from sharing valuable information and resources,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “The Registry also allows content developers, curriculum coordinators, principals, counselors, and everyone else who supports good teaching in the classroom to benefit from the combined knowledge of the field.” How much did this cost the taxpayers of America? “The project was made possible by a $2.6 million investment, with the Departments of Education and Defense contributing $1.3 million each to the effort.” The press release goes on about how data will be mined, but it won’t be much, BUT does include standard aligned information. Wait, what? You mean Common Core Standards aligned information?? Well, my friends, that’s a tremendous amount of data! Think about it. (the entire press release, http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/departments-education-and-defense-launch-learning-registry-tools-and-community)
The Federal Learning Registry:
Website: http://learningregistry.org/, Notice the ‘federal’ part is dropping. They wouldn’t want you to feel spied upon, now would they?
Yes, the website looks innocent enough, BUT how can I tell it’s laden with CCSS agenda? Who were those ‘investors’? Before we answer those, let’s look at a few contributors. By looking at what organizations are involved, we may find the answers to investors/agenda…
NSDL (National Science Digital Library) is a contributor. Here’s a bit of background on them from the Learning Registry’s website, “For more than ten years, NSDL has been active in the aggregation, contextualization, and dissemination of digital learning content generated through NSF grants and other federal agencies, as well as non-profits such as museums, research labs, and professional societies.” While you consider that tidbit, listen to the pretty lady in this short clip about what THEY say is going on with all that data, this video clip is from 2012:
Now, you may be thinking something like, ‘Well, I didn’t hear anything that connects the dots, so what’s the point?’ The point is no matter if it’s ‘paradata’, ‘metadata’, or ‘aggregated data’, when it comes to education, especially in the filters of Common Core, it’s all used for tracking..aka data mining.
Consider this, “Each time a teacher or a learner interacts with an Open Educational Resource (OER), these interactions produce data. This “interaction data” includes “artifact data” routinely captured during any online interaction by Web server logs (e.g., users’ browsers, users’ IP addresses) and “social data” created during Web 2.0-style interactions with resources (e.g., tags, comments, ratings, favorites). Interaction data can serve a number of purposes in a period of increased interest worldwide in OERs quality and uptake. First, interaction data is a valuable source of analytics about OERs and typical audience profiles. Second, combined with metadata, interaction data can enhance searching, ranking, and recommendations of learning resources. However, obtaining this data is not always easy since OERs, in particular, are generally dispersed among different systems where the interactions between resources and their users take place. This paper describes approaches to unlocking, collecting and aggregating this interaction data.” (Source: The Magazine of Digital Research Libary‘s May 2013 article which I encourage you to read in its entirity, http://www.dlib.org/dlib/may13/massart/05massart.html)
Other Partners of the Federal Learning Registry with CCSS ties:
Better Lesson, Inc. received over $3 million from the Gates Foundation for the express purpose of Common Core alignment. (from the Gates Grant Finder page, “Date: October 2012 Purpose: to support the development of courses, aligned to the Common Core State Standards, for the purposes of helping teacher’s transition to common core and increasing their students’ ability to master the content /Amount: $3,527,240 /Term: 36 /Topic: College-Ready/Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA /Program: United States/ Grantee Location: Somerville, Massachusetts /Grantee Website: http://betterlesson.com/“)
Benetech, Inc (aka Beneficial Technology, Inc.) received $250,000 from the Gates Foundation to not only develop more data tracking but to work with another company devoted to data tracking. ‘Date: October 2012/Purpose: to develop an accessibility metadata specification and support adoption by Schema.org in coordination with LRMI/Amount: $250,000/Term: 18/Topic: Strategic Partnerships/Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA/Program: United States/Grantee Location: Palo Alto, California Website: (http://benetech.org/) For Schema’s: (http://schema.org/) If you don’t recognize either company, you may be familiar with some of their work. For Bentech, MathMLCloud; For Schema, they make searching the Internet easier to find things using data tracks. Schema also got included in another Gates Foundation Grant award to help build the LRMI (Learning Resource Metadata Initiative). That award went to the Association of Educational Publishers. Details: “Date: March 2012 /Purpose: to support acceptance and implementation of the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI) framework among educational publishers, inform the Schema.org adoption process, and encourage ongoing support of LRMI among educational content creators /Amount: $458,055 /Term: 13/ Topic: Strategic Partnerships /Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA /Program: United States /Grantee Location: Wilmington, Delaware /Grantee Website: http://www.aepweb.org
*Note: The Executive K-12 Council of the Association of Educational Publishers has at least 6 members from CCSS profit making giants. Pearson Publishing, Houghton-Mifflin, Harcourt, Cengage, Scholastic, and MacMillian. Pearson Publishing also has a spot on the Board of this group.
There are others on the Federal Learning Registry with Common Core ties, but for the sake of the post, I think you get the gist of what my point is. The data amassed by all these open educational resources has a distinct tie to CCSS. However, let’s ponder (since it is Monday, after all) the question of what about those high stakes tests? I know, many folks have delved into this very subject but could it be that the pretty lady from the video above wasn’t only referring to the “Learning Registry” but to those mammoth monsters SBAC and PARCC?? Let’s see…
A Press Release:
Jan. 31, 2012 – “The SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) today announced they have awarded a contract to Pearson to develop a new Technology Readiness Tool to support states as they transition to next-generation assessments. This new open source tool, with the assistance of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), will support state education agencies as they work with local education agencies to evaluate and determine needed technology and infrastructure upgrades for the new online assessments to be launched by the two consortia in the 2014-15 school year.” Then a bit further down, “SMARTER Balanced and PARCC both received grants from the federal Race to the Top Assessment Program to work with states to create next-generation, comprehensive assessment systems. The development of the Technology Readiness Tool is one component of their initiatives to establish infrastructure and content for common online assessments. Intended to launch in spring 2012, the tool will be developed using open source technology, allowing the consortia free access to the source code. Data will be collected twice annually through 2014 to provide updated information on technology and infrastructure readiness.” (source: http://www.parcconline.org/press-release-new-technology-readiness-tool)
NSDL and PARCC:
Remember how the pretty lady in the video clip was so bubbly about all that data intersecting? Look where it intersected, an announcement on the NSDL’s website seeking requests for proposals for Indiana’s involvement in the PARCC’s field testing of the high stakes assessment.
From’s PARCC’s “Technology Architecture” publication, which is a ‘living document’ (meaning it’s subject to change) is a mother-lode of information. I encourage you to not only download this, but to go through it with a fine tooth comb. The publication was found on a website for the Indiana State Government. Here’s a sample screen shot for you. Get the entire document: parccdocinfo
Here’s another shot, this one depicts where all that metadata, paradata, and aggregated data will land:
What about the SBAC?:
According to the SBAC website, members of the Technical Advisory Committee included Linda Darling-Hammond and David Conley (both well documented CCSS supporters) among the 14 member panel. Below, the screen shot from their technology architecture shows what’s to be shared, but notice how open ended the categories are:
On page 25 of the technology report, you’ll see where the aggregated data lands. Then scroll back up to page 24 to see what happens the second your student register at their SIS (Student Information System). Page 34 gives the low-down on where metadata is shared. Page 44 describes what each data warehouse will need to support all the sharing of information necessary. A quote from the page, “This will allow complicated data mining capability”. Pages 47 and 48 have a graphic you’ll need to see IF you’re an SBAC member state. This report is dated 2012. Like it’s wicked relation PARCC, SBAC is ready to use open access networking. I encourage you to not only download this report, but to examine it closely, as well. SmarterBalanced_ArchitectureReport_120321
So, we didn’t find all the investors behind the Learning Registry, but I think we better focus our efforts on who has the data and where it’s going. To date, my research has uncovered that the U.S. Dept. of Education, Labor, Health and Human Services are tied into CCSS either through the Standards or via the Career Pathways/Workforce. Now, we see that the U.S. Dept. of Defense has joined the crew. As I ponder over this, I wonder why this is the case?!….