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Tech Thursday: Update on CCSS/CTE for Adults

CCSS,CTE treats any student, regardless of age, like this 'stackable chunk' of conformity.
CCSS,CTE treats any student, regardless of age, like this ‘stackable chunk’ of conformity.

Warriors Against Common Core: how many times have I shared with you that the CCSS Machine seeks to encompass EVERY student..including adults? Young adults, just graduating high school and moving on in life; mid-life adults and/or older adults desiring to go back to work and needing education…you get the idea.

No matter how many times it has been we MUST talk about it more often! Yes, most anti CCSS Warriors are looking out for those who aren’t adults yet..I totally agree. However, with all the evidence out there to shine the light on the adult versions of CCSS, why aren’t more adults standing up and saying ‘NO’!?!? Warriors, we MUST look out for the grinding down of ANY student when it comes to the CCSS Machine!! We MUST protect every citizen from, not only the educational demise of America, but the workforce caste system embedded in CCSS/CTE!

 

A ‘Refresh’ for Your Adult CCSS/CTE Information:

If you are new to the blog, you may of missed one of the first articles I wrote about CCSS/CTE after high school; you may not of seen the CCSS Adult Standards, either. If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you know that every age group is targeted when it comes to CCSS/CTE. You know every educational choice being targeted is a purposed and planned step. New or not, please share the links below so everyone is your anti CCSS circle of influence can be as informed, prepared, and ready to fight this awful takeover of education!
1)  For any student (regardless of where you graduated from) after high school:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/common-core-after-high-school-reality-check/
2) For the special needs students after high school:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/tech-thursday-cte-ccss-and-special-needs-in-post-secondary-education/
3) Perkins Funding (used in post-secondary education) reworked to support CCSS/CTE:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/20/tech-thursday-perkins-gets-the-common-core-squeeze/
3a) Title 9 Funding is also used in post-secondary education & gets the CCSS/CTE makeover:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/ftf-more-know-thy-title-9-ccss-and-education/
4) The National Career Path Network:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/tech-thursday-national-career-pathways-network/
4a) The American Apprenticeship Initiative is CCSS/CTE/CP (Common Core State Standards, Career Tech Education, Career Pathways aligned and supported in the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014)
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/tech-thursday-aligned-apprentices/
5) Have you ‘met’ SHEEO (States Higher Education Executive Officers Organization)? If not, you need to see how cozy the organization is with the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/11/ftf-tuesday-meet-sheeo/
6) Adult textbooks aligned with CCSS/CTE or CCR (college and career readiness):
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/ftf-ascending-and-aligning/
6a) GED and more adult textbooks:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/tech-thursday-high-school-equivalency-ccsscte-style/

 

So, What’s New in the Adult CCSS Education Realm?

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If you need to enlarge the above screen shot, simply click on it. Do you see? More ‘adult learners’! “new math”, and, ‘McGraw Hill Education‘. Good grief! But hold on, anti CCSS/CTE Warriors, there’s more!

From the news release pictured above, “For many people seeking to improve their career prospects, a high school diploma is the first stop on the pathway to prosperity. But an increasing number of adults and adolescents without a high school diploma are struggling to obtain one, according to the latest high school equivalency test data, which shows that fewer and fewer adults taking these assessments pass them. For these individuals, math is proving to be the biggest roadblock of all, with the math portion of most high school equivalency assessments having the lowest pass rate of all subjects.” Now, you may ask why I added emphasis on the ‘pathway to prosperity’. That, my warriors, is a pro CCSS/CTE buzz phrase (or educratic doublespeak) How do I know? Pearson Publishing and Harvard University teamed up to create the Pathways to Prosperity! See this article where you’ll also find ‘national job credentialing! https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/tech-thursday-just-say-no-to-nocc/

The news release also goes on to tell you of the lagging math scores by adults as based on the research by  ‘Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC)If you missed my article about the OECD and the ‘human capital’ ties to CCSS/CTE, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/ftf-human-capital-the-new-name-for-citizens/

After the news release shares the USA’s ranking, it goes on to share with you how McG H has a new ‘mathematics program aligned with Career and College Readiness Standards for adult education.’

To see the entire news release: 
http://www.mheducation.com/news-media/press-releases/help-adult-learners-earn-high-school-equivalency-certificates-new-empower-for-math.html


What’s Inside the ‘New’ Math?

McG H Education, has a ‘great’ presentation of each of the new textbooks, both on-line and in print. Listen up for the ‘your country’, the ‘CCRS leveling system’ (College and Career Readiness Standards).

On e of the 'new math' programs for adults..complete with lots of hands on learning activities.
On e of the ‘new math’ programs for adults..complete with lots of hands on learning activities.

New and available this Winter:

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To access the entire on-line preview of the above and even more CCSS ‘sneak peeks’,
http://www.brainshark.com/mcgraw-hillseg/vu?pi=zHfzetjXpz57VEz0&intk=810014462

To see more about all of this from the McG H Education website, be sure to click on the embedded link in the press release (see above) where you see the phrase ‘new EMPower’

You’ll probably also want to check out the TERC (Technical Education Research Center) and its part in this ‘new math’ for adults. A link to their website in at the bottom of the above news release. Briefly, TERC is a non-profit group. It’s devoted to not only post-secondary education and curriculum development, it’s into STEM as well (Science, Technology, Engineering, and, Math). Among the funding organizations are AIR (American Institutes of Research, The Gates Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Dept. of Education, and a host of other groups, schools, and consortia. Find them all:
https://www.terc.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=2392330

*Note, I will be further investigating TERC in a future article, as many of their projects in research and development are geared for reforming education. With as many CCSS Machine members as TERC is either working with or being supported by, we must know more!

 

Closing:

I hope you will share today’s post widely. I trust you will use the information at your local school board meetings or presentations to those in charge of higher education in your states. We simply MUST have more conversations of ALL the levels of CCSS/CTE infiltration!

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Tech Thursday: Hunting for CCSS/CTE

Hunt Institute has a long history of being Common Core supportive.

Hunt Institute has a long history of being Common Core supportive.

While it appears all anti CCSS eyes are on the HR5 (the re-authorization of the NCLB), it’s been proven via documents that the HEA re-authorization is just as CCSS tied! Both have been re-authorized in almost the same time periods since their original passing in 1965. Time and time again, Sen. Lamar Alexander has been tied to the re-writing of BOTH bills. The intent? Simply put: what gets started in HR5 for CCSS, CTE, data mining, control,assessments, and educational abuse is CONTINUED into the HEA.

So what does the Hunt Institute’s announcement of 6/16/15 have to do with this? The announcement HI released, details a report published by the SREB (Southern Regional Education Board), which gives us an overview of the BRIDGE between K-12 and post-secondary..This plays right into the hands of BOTH bills being up for re-authorization. We MUST act quickly in alerting our legislators to KILL BOTH bills!! This ‘bridge’ even has a name…and I’ve taken you in great detail into the creation of that bridge. It’s called “Career Pathways”.

 

The Hunt Institute Announcement:

Here’s an excerpt from the HI’s website about SREB, “Labor market economists project that by 2020, two-thirds or more of all jobs will require some post-secondary education — either a certificate, a credential or a degree at the associate level or higher. At present, however, the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) analyses of educational attainment data suggest that millions of young Americans are being left behind in the transition from high school to college and well-paying jobs. Significant numbers will never graduate, and many who do go on to college will never complete a credential with value in the marketplace. Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States, the final report of SREB’s Commission on Career and Technical Education, offers a powerful solution to this problem: Provide more than one pathway to college and careers.”

A Hunt Institute ‘Bridge’ of Their Own:

While busy promoting the SREB’s last report in a series of them, HI has produced some of its own ‘bridge’ reports for connecting K-12, post-secondary education, and alignment to the CCSS/CTE way of educating our students (remember, all ages attend post-secondary schools).

While the report I’m about to share is ‘state specific’ it can be used as evidence to research what your state may have going on that is either the same or eerily similar. Remember, the Hunt Institute has been instrumental in promoting CCSS is every state; SREB is busy promoting CCSS/CTE across several states (other regional education boards complete the coverage across the nation). (*Note: I’ve written several articles on SREB and those other regional education boards, you can find them by searching my blog, just insert the acronym for the region you wish to find.)

Hunt Institute’s series, “CoNCepts”, from their latest issue: “This issue of coNCepts examines the ways North Carolina’s K-12 and higher education systems are working together to ensure college and career readiness for all students by aligning K-12 with post-secondary expectations, creating clearly defined pathways for career training and college preparation, and forming robust partnerships with industry.” Further down the page, you’ll see: “ As part of NC Ready for Success, NCDPI has partnered with ACT to administer a series of college readiness assessments: EXPLORE (8th grade); PLAN (10th grade); and ACT (11th grade). Beginning in 2011-2012, PLAN and ACT were administered to all 10th and 11th graders free of charge. These assessments inform students, parents, and educators about the student’s current academic trajectory, as well as where further interventions and support are required.” See the screen shot below of another page from the ‘CoNCept’ issue.

New Schools, Jobs for the Future have been traced to ties with the CCSS Machine; NCCCS (NC Community College System) has been aligned to include CTE/CCSS, as well.
New Schools, Jobs for the Future have been traced to ties with the CCSS Machine; NCCCS (NC Community College System) has been aligned to include CTE/CCSS, as well.

To read the rest of the HI’s CCSS/CTE education reform news: CoNCept-Issue5

 

SREB, Southern Regional Education Board:

One of the last times I researched and wrote about the SREB designs on post-secondary education was another report from the same series as Hunt Institute refers to above. That was back in  April 2015. That report’s name was ““Community Colleges in the South: Strengthening Readiness and Pathways”  The report HI is promoting is titled, “Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States”. The new report, like it’s predecessor, has 8 strategy points laid out. I’ll not repeat the former 8 points from the April 2015 article, but I am including the link so you can read it for yourselves. You’ll also be able to see how the Gates Foundation and others are backing the SREB (you can bet the other regional education boards are just as well taken care of by the CCSS Machine). See April’s SREB article:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/sic-em-saturday-using-community-colleges-for-more-core/

The latest SREB bridge connector from K-12 to post-secondary titled “Credentials for All: An Imperative for SREB States” is more of the same we’ve seen from those seeking to misguide Americans into believing all this CCSS/CTE reform is the best we can do for our students. No, it’s the best the CCSS/CTE Machine can do to undermine our country!  “Credentials” includes a message to the SREB states (and those of us fighting CCSS/CTE) from the Governor of KY. Here’s an excerpt from his message, One of my goals as chair of SREB and its Commission on Career and Technical Education is to promote policies and practices to support strong career pathways that help more students earn industry and post-secondary credentials and obtain good jobs.”

The latest 8 action steps laid out in “Credentials” are as follows:

“1) Build bridges from high school to post-secondary education and the workplace by creating rigorous, relevant career pathways driven by labor market demand.”
2) Expect all students to graduate academically ready for both college and careers.
3)  Select assessments of technical and workplace readiness standards that offer long-term value to individual students, employers and the economy; carry college credits; and are directly linked to more advanced certifications and further study. 
4)  Provide all high school career pathway teachers, especially new teachers from industry, with the professional development and fast-track induction programs they need to meet high academic, technical and pedagogical standards and enhance students’ academic and technical readiness for college and careers.
5) Adopt a framework of strategies to restructure low-performing high schools around rigorous, relevant career pathways that accelerate learning and prepare students for post-secondary credentials and degrees. 
6) Offer early advanced credential programs in shared-time technology centers, aligning their curricula, instruction and technology with home high schools and community and technical colleges.
7)  Incentivize community and technical colleges and school districts to double the percentage of students who earn certificates, credentials and degrees by setting statewide readiness standards and aligning assessment and placement measures with those standards. Other strategies: Use the senior year of high school to reduce the number of students who need remediation, retool developmental education, adopt individualized support strategies for struggling students and improve affordability. 
8) Design accountability systems that recognize and reward districts, high schools, technology centers, and community and technical colleges that double the number of young adults who acquire post-secondary credentials and secure high-skill, high-wage jobs by age 25.”

How these action steps are taken in your states is something you MUST read for yourselves. It includes federal and state pressure via funding. Get the entire report by accessing it here: CredentialPlan

Remember, your state may not be an SREB one, but you can more than likely find the exact message from your regional education board or one extremely like this. Why? Because while all 50 states don’t have CCSS, every one of them, by law has Career Tech (aka Workforce). As I stated in the beginning of this article:

                                                                        What starts in HR5 ends in HEA!

FTF: Anti CCSS Files Recap

It's been a good year, so far, to fight the CCSS Machine!
It’s been a good year, so far, to fight the CCSS Machine!

In continuing to look back at the anti CCSS year so far, today’s article will share the best files I’ve been able to offer you in aiding your battle against Common Core.

In no particular order, here are the ‘files’ most important and worth sharing again.

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education:

This info packed article from March, 2015 gave you an in-depth look at how aligned to not only Common Core, but, Career and Technical Education this group is. In it you’ll find connections to Pearson Publishing, Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University, and Sage Publishing to name a few pro CCSS supporters. You’ll also have access to the letter the AACTE wrote to Sec. Arne Duncan!

To access all the files related to AACTE, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/ftf-tuesday-aacte-and-common-core/

AIR and the ‘Pathways To College’:

What do the massive data miners AIR (American Institute of Research) and an on-line library have in common? “Pathways to College” , as well as the Alliance for Excellent Education! You might recognize Pathways to College is very similar to those  like ‘Career Pathways’, ‘College and Career Pathways’, ‘Career Clusters’, and ‘Career and Technical Education’. Yes, ALL of these names are connected to Common Core. The online library featured in this article from February of this year will also share with you how Horace Mann’s philosophy of education is tied in. You’ll also get to know much more about those high stake assessments, too!

To access this all important set of pdf files, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/03/ftf-tuesday-comprehending-assessments/

Our Students as Part of the “Talent Supply Pipeline”:

From January, 2015, here’s another article with Linda Darling-Hammond, Career and Technical Education, and what is known as “Adult Common Core”. Yes, you read correctly..’adult CC’. You’ll also note, as I’ve stated many times, that while all 50 states may not of adopted CCSS, ALL 50 states have Workforce training, Career and College Readiness plans. In this article, I shared with you North Carolina’s current status in all this as an example of what to look for in your state; the Adult CC Caucus information on a federal level was also revealed in this published article. There’s lots to delve into the learn all you can about the plans to turn ALL our students (regardless of educational choice or age) into ‘talent supply’ to churn down the CCSS/CTE/CCR (Common Core State Standards/Career and Technical Education/College and Career Readiness) pipeline!

To access the ‘game changer’ article, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/ftf-tuesday-career-readiness-and-data/

The SBA and Common Core:

The discovery of the Small Business Administration and its ties to Common Core, set a few readers and/or followers aback with shock. I shared all kinds of news, findings, and documents back in February 2015. So just  how is the SBA tied to the CCSS Machine? Funding initiatives, business ventures, and capital investments. You’ll see pro friendly CCSS corporations like Apple, Intel, and Hewlett-Packard.

To see how this federal agency is helping spread educational overreach, see: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/ftf-the-sba-and-common-core/

Closing:

Are there aspects about anything related to Common Core you’d like me to investigate to see what files are available? I’d be honored to dive into it for you, if you’d like me to. As you’ve been able to see from each of the articles above, I don’t tell you what to think, I point you to where to look so you can use what you need for your state’s fight in this war against the Core.

What most pro CCSS groups would like us to look like and believe.
What most pro CCSS groups would like us to look like and believe.

RMT: Connected to the Core?

AdvancED leading NC straight to more CCSS.
AdvancED leading NC straight to more CCSS.

Today’s “Riddle Me This” is all about a new effort accredited by AdvancED (so CCSS friendly it’s downright shameful) and growing in NC. We’ll also delve into which other states are involved.

The Context:

Many of us who are fighting CCSS, have already been able to connect the dots between AdvancED and CCSS. However, I know many of us may need a refresher OR may be so new to fighting CCSS, they haven’t made the connection. To help you establish what AdvancED does, here’s an excerpt from my guest post I wrote on LadyLiberty1185’s blog in mid 2014: AdvancEd is an online company dedicated to helping your school be the best. Just look at their Common Core Standards page. My personal ‘favorite’ is the reinvention of the report card into digital badges. Read it for yourself. Note: the author is from NASA — as in the guys who went to the moon.” Access the report:  http://www.advanc-ed.org/source/reinventing-report-card
If you’d like to read the entire article on Lady’s site, http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/07/07/guest-post-common-core-in-charters-private-homeschools/

Here’s what AdvancED has to say about themselves: “AdvancED is the largest community of education professionals in the world. We are a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential. While our expertise is grounded in more than a hundred years of work in school accreditation, AdvancED is far from a typical accrediting agency. Our goal isn’t to certify that schools are good enough. Rather, our commitment is to help schools improve.”

What you need to know about AdvancED:
1) They fully support the re-authorization of ESEA (as in the HR5 federal legislation).

2) To support their position of the re-authorization, their report on ‘Diagnostic Review’ explains how they will use school data to an extreme. Get the report: Diagnostic-Review

3) In AdvancED’s latest Annual Report, the non profit shared many vital details we, as anti CCSS warriors need. FYI, the organization is worth over $16 million dollars and is purposed to reinvested everything into continuing to change education. Get the report: AE-AnnualReport2013-14

4) Partners of AdvancED include quite an extensive list of faith-based schools as well as State Boards of Education. Partners link: http://www.advanc-ed.org/services/partnerships State Boards link: http://www.advanc-ed.org/services/state-departments-education (*Note: among the State Boards is CCSSO, as in the Council of Chief State School Officers–you know, half owner of the copyright to Common Core Standards)

The New Push:

Now that you have that information, here’s how AdvancEd is pushing their CCSS support into NC via a ‘new’ school….

Called “North Carolina Connections Academy” (website: http://www.connectionsacademy.com/north-carolina-virtual-school/home.aspx) How did I discover this new school? I received a colorful flyer in my regular mail. The big banner at the top of the mailer states that the school is a ‘tuition-free virtual public school’. All the in-person, ‘get-to-know-all-about-us’ meetings are held in nearby locations (here in NC). However, the return mailing address gives me a Maryland location. Hhmm….not surprised. Here’s the website address for the home office in MD (it’s called “Connections Education, LLC”): http://www.connectionseducation.com/

Because it's virtual, this school can reach anywhere--any state, country, or school which is willing to sign up.
Because it’s virtual, this school can reach anywhere–any state, country, or school which is willing to sign up.

 

The first clue to CCSS allegiance is ‘public school’. Virtual public schools in NC are still rather new, therefore, not totally understood. Here’s an excerpt from an article by UNC’s WUNC. “The General Assembly required last year that the state create a four-year pilot program for two virtual charter schools. Only two schools applied: North Carolina Virtual Academy, run by K12 Inc.; and Connections Academy, to be managed by Connections Education.” (entire article: http://wunc.org/post/virtual-charter-schools-coming-nc)

The second clue is the curricula publishers list. (Pearson, MacGraw-Hill, and many others) Every page of this “NC” school has Pearson’s logo of “Always Learning” at the bottom.

The third clue: Talent Networks (includes STEM)

The Board of Directors:

It won't take long to research how each of these people are connected to CCSS.
It won’t take long to research how each of these people are connected to CCSS.

“Connections Education” was a 2013 “Best Places to Work” winner. See: http://www.connectionsacademy.com/news/ce-named-among-2013-best-places-to-work

Pearson’s Connection Education is not only in NC, but the following locations:
International Connections Academy, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IA, ID, IN, KS, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, NM, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, WI, and WY. Here’s the link to see what the names of the schools are (most are the state’s name followed by “Connections Academy”, however, “Nexus” and a couple of other names are used as smoke screens): http://www.connectionsacademy.com/online-school/availability

The Pearson run entity also offers CTE (Career Tech Ed) courses, so those Career Clusters/Pathways can occur in the virtual student’s life as it does in the students’ lives in the brick and mortar schools. (look under the ‘curriculum’ page for proof).

Of course, with Pearson in charge, you know your student’s information will be data mined all over the globe.
See a related news announcement: http://www.connectionslearning.com/connections-learning/news/advanced-academics-acquisition.aspx

Closing:

While it’s no secret how tied to CCSS North Carolina is, I do wonder if the NC General Assembly did their digging into finding out what organization is behind Connections Academy before they approved the educational experiment with not only our students, but, our tax dollars. If you live in NC, pass this information to your legislator. IF you live in any of the states listed above, share this with your legislators. Hold them accountable! No CCSS in our states MEANS No CCSS, CTE, CCR, or other sly rebrand, rename dreamed up.

RMT: Have You Heard of the CCCII?

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Happy Sunday, anti CCSS Warriors! Today’s “Riddle Me This” topic is one an avid reader of my blog asked me to look into. This mom is an active person in her child’s school. Her child was reading their faith formation guide when they stumbled across the words ‘rigourous’, ‘rigor’, and ‘assessments’. As she stated, ‘all clues’ to what she hoped wouldn’t be true. That CCSS had been inserted.
She sent me the link where I was able to get the screen shot you see above. Be sure to enlarge the shot. In the event you aren’t able to, I’ll share below what is so vital to see.

The emblem you see belongs to the National Catholic Educational Association (http://www.ncea.org/my-interests) “NCEA is the largest private professional education organization in the world.” 

The NCEA:
“NCEA guides Catholic schools on the path to educational excellence through ongoing initiatives such as the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative (CCCII), and the New Directions Initiative. Our research efforts consistently highlight the strengths and benefits of Catholic education and emphasize the importance of strong Catholic identity.” 
NCEA also offers professional development for teachers in the Catholic schools.
Below is the NCEA’s promotional video. Watch careful and you’ll see the Pearson Publishing booth at an NCEA Convention.

Here’s the screen shot of the NCEA Partners. The website address to see the entire list is included.
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Here’s an excerpt from their position paper on Common Core, “Catholic schools have a long-standing commitment to academic excellence that is rooted in the faith based mission of Catholic education. The Common Core State Standards in no way compromise the Catholic identity or educational program of a Catholic school. The Common Core State Standards initiative, begun in 2007, is a state-led, bipartisan effort that is not a requirement for participation in the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) or any other federallyfunded program, and there are no mandates for any Catholic school to follow any federal rules if they adopt the Common Core. Adoption of the Common Core is voluntary; individual states, Catholic dioceses and other private schools make their own decisions about whether to adopt the standards. The Common Core State Standards are a set of high-quality academic expectations that all students should master by the end of each grade level. The standards establish consistent learning goals for all students that focus on preparing them to succeed in college and careers in a globally competitive workplace. The standards define and clearly communicate grade-specific goals and inform parents about learning outcomes, making it easier for parents to collaborate with teachers in helping their children achieve success.” If you’d like to read the entire position paper, http://www.ncea.org/sites/default/files/documents/ncea_commoncorestatestandards_053113.pdf

The CCCII (http://cici-online.org/):

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As stated above, CCCII stands for ‘Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative’. *NOTE: As part of the NCEA’s accountability aspect, assessments that are standardized, both state and nationally, are used. All kinds of data is collected for use not only for NCEA, but federally, too. Among the data, students who are considered Title One. As we know, the re-authorization of ESEA (the current Student Success Act, HR5) would greatly impact any school receiving Title One funding. To access the data page on the NCEA website, http://www.ncea.org/data-information/catholic-school-data I found their statement concerning HR5 on their ‘public policy’ page. See: http://www.ncea.org/data-information/public-policy


So what does the CCCII look like? Here’s the promo video:

Did you hear that?! Wow, if you are like my reader who asked me to look into this, I hope you will respond with truth about CCSS to the NCEA!

From the ‘white paper’ about CCCII’s success with CCSS, The Reality of Implementing the Standards: As part of the conference, one diocese explained its experience with the Common Core outlining the process from curriculum alignment and professional development to the assessment and results based on the Common Core Standards. The journey was three years in the making.
In year one, emphasis was placed on instructional shifts, preserving Catholic identity, and building the capacity of instructional leaders and the understanding of teachers. This included professional development for principals and teachers through various modalities. The other component for its first year was the creation of English-Language Arts and Mathematics unit plans. In year two, instructional specialists were engaged to provide a multitude of resources and to help capture the work of the Common Core Catholic Identity Initiative. The two challenges were getting teachers to shift from using the textbook as a curriculum to using the textbook as a resource and aligning four Mathematics textbooks as a resource to the unit plans and standards.
In its third year, there was a new form of assessment that used different types of questions to assess student academic progress. In preparing for the new assessments, interim assessments that were aligned to the Common Core were implemented, as well as an increase in the instructional time for Mathematics. Based on its experience, it was recognized that the Common Core challenges included:
• deconstructing the standards
• reviewing all materials for Catholic appropriateness
• funding and time for quality professional development
• differentiating professional development for schools and teachers that are now at different places along the transition continuum
• meaningful use of the assessment results to improve teaching and learning.” To read the entire 4 page report, http://cici-online.org/resources/articles-research/130-common-core-and-diocesan-catholic-school-leadership-white-paper

Related resources:

The ELA Rubric: cici-unit-review-rubric-form-rev-08-20-2014 When you access this document, read the fine print at the bottom of the page. “EngageNY” is the CCSS laden NY state level board of education.

A Summative Assessment “Mini Lesson”http://cici-online.org/images/Resources/Section-1-Mini-Lessons/CCCII-Mini-Lesson-Assessment.pdfThe letter to settle a CCCII disturbance: http://www.ncea.org/sites/default/files/documents/cccii_superintendent_letter_15oct13.pdf


A pep talk about implementing the Standards so your Catholic school can be a Blue Ribbon School (U.S. Dept. of Ed ‘honor’): http://www.ncea.org/department-news/implementing-your-strategic-plan

The precursor to today’s article was last Saturday’s expose about CAPE, of which NCEA is a member ofhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/04/18/sic-em-saturday-grab-a-cape-ccss-warriors/

One last thing:
That New Directions Initiative mentioned above in the paragraph describing NCEA? Oh, that’s all about blended learning! Here’s just one of the workshops NCEA has on it: http://www.ncea.org/events/2015-ncea-new-directions-blended-learning-symposium

FTF: CCSS ‘Pearsonites’, at Your Higher Ed Campuses Now!

Pearson and Starbucks..'pimping out' education one student at a time.
Pearson and Starbucks..’pimping out’ education one student at a time.

Common Core Warriors, have you taken a stand against some of the P3 (public, private partnerships) yet? I hope after today’s “From the File” Tuesday, you will!

The Club:

Over on Twitter, it’s the “Pearson Students”, especially their “AcedIt” campaign. (see the photo above)

On the Internet, it’s also “Pearson Students”..tag line, “Join Pearson and help build the future of higher education.” Website: http://www.pearsonstudents.com/ You can access all the other PS social media sites from this main page.

Turning Students to “Pearsonites”:


Before we delve too much into this information, look at the screen shot. The emphasis you see is mine to point out the subtle messages packed with punch.

Pearson is relentless is recruiting an army, it would appear.
Pearson is relentless is recruiting an army, it would appear.

Across America and Canada there are now 40 Pearsonites (actually their real title is Pearson Campus Ambassador). Responsibilities? Oh yes, interacting with the company, endorsing products, influencing others like you, and all the while, putting career tech education into motion. You’ll even get paid to do it.

Oh, the campuses? Why they are public AND private universities as well as  community colleges in CA, OR, MN, MI, OH, IL, MO, KS, TX, FL, GA, SC, TN, NC, and VA in the US. In Canada, you’ll find the Pearsonites in Ontario and British Columbia.

I feel I must point out that one of the VA Pearsonites is on the campus of Liberty University..you know, a private Christian college. But, as I’ve shared before even Christian schools are not exempt from CCSS. (See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/12/05/fom-friday-christian-colleges-exempt-from-common-core-not/ ) To see the entire “Pearson Campus Ambassador” page/information: http://www.pearsonstudents.com/get-involved/campus-ambassador-program/index.html
Becoming a Pearson “Free Agent”:

What better way to utilize your subjects than by having them choose to be a free agent? No long term commitment to Pearson, the ability to be project based or work from home, all the while seeking information from your fellow campus buddies. Check out the promo video to entice you to sign up:

Be a STEM Pearsonite:

Maybe all of the previous Pearsonite opportunities aren’t to your liking, maybe being an intern for the CCSS profit maker is however. The company has a place for you there as well. What’s even more exciting is you can be a STEM Pearsonite, too!! Can’t get enough of Common Core? Need some STEM, Pearson covers you well!
Here’s their description of themselves, “Pearson is more than just the world’s leading learning company: we are a global organization revolutionizing both what and how people learn in and outside of the classroom.”

As a STEM Pearson Person you can data mine! You can test curriculum and assessments! You can influence social media for Pearson/STEM! Here’s a list of the cities where STEM Pearsonite are spreading their agenda:

  • Austin, TX
  • Bloomington West, MN
  • Boston, MA
  • Boulder, CO
  • Chandler, AZ
  • Centennial, CO
  • Columbus, OH
  • Denver, CO
  • Glenview, IL
  • Houston, TX
  • Iowa City, IA
  • Menlo Park, CA
  • New York, NY
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Old Tappan, NJ
  • Portland, OR
  • Rancho Cordova, CA
  • San Antonio, TX
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Sandy, UT
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ
  • Washington, DC

Oh, I almost forgot, as an intern you are handled by a Pearson Mentor…and more career path incentives, training, and alignment. Unlike the other positions for leading the masses to convert to Pearson-ology, this unique group is the leaders with strong skills. To find out more, be sure to use the above website address and look up at the top for the other categories I’ve shared, as well as learning about the other ‘opportunities’ Pearson has to sway your students.

Pearson’s Outreach “Mission”:

Not content with our Pre-K through 20 year olds, Pearson’s got a bead on all the adults. I’ve included a website address where you can see all the agenda-driven events that are either archived or coming up soon. You wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to be a possible Pearsonite, now would you?! See: http://www.pearsoned.com/events-and-webinars/higher-education-events-and-webinars/

Pearson’s College/Career Ready Disciples:

Since it’s “From the Files Tuesday” here on my blog, it wouldn’t be complete without a download to share. You’ll love this one. All the ‘research’ Pearson could muster to tell us exactly how and what CCR (College/Career Ready) the Pearson Way can be. CCR_WEB_FINAL Pearson If you need more ‘subjective’ research, visit: http://home.pearsonhighered.com/research.html

Need Funding? Let Pearson Guide Your School:

To round out a fine CCSS/STEM/CCR army, you’ve got to get the leaders in on it as well. Pearson doesn’t disappoint here, no sir, not at all! No matter if your school is Title 1 – 1 billion, Perkins to Workings, they’ve got your back (just watch for the knife). Here’s where their Grant Keepers can get your school the money:

  • Title I
  • Title II
  • Title III
  • IDEA
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers
  • Head Start
  • School Improvement Grants
  • Carl D Perkins
  • School Climate Transformation

The Danger of 21st Century Community Learning Centers:
From the list above, be sure you pay especially close attention to the 21st Century Community Learning Centers. (If you’ve not heard, the 21stCCLCs are a ‘present’ to our nation from the likes of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. CCSSO, Council of Chief State School Officers is also working with other groups to get in on the action as well. The federal government is part of the process to.

Look into them, you’ll find the 21stCCLCs are what will replace our traditional schools systems..if all goes as they have planned. See: http://www.p21.org/ (for P21); To see all the results for the CCSSO’s plans and parts of 21st Century Community Learning Centers, see: http://ccsso.org/Search_Results.html?q=21st+century+community+learning+centers; the Federal Government’s role in 21stCCLCs? Oh, that’s another resource you’ll need in your state. See: nri_pb_agencies_final_9 You might also want to learn about the 2014 Conference, where several states got together and gleaned from each other. See: http://21centurymultistateconference.org/ *(Note, be sure to look at the very bottom of the page to see how the ESEA factors into all this.)
Maybe the Policy Updates from the After School Alliance, will help you, see: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/policyFedNewsArchive.cfm *(Note, be sure to see how Congress’s treatment of the budget factors in.)

If you’d like even more of a context in background about 21st CCLCs, be sure to use the search bar of my blog. Use ‘venture capitalists’, or “Silicon Valley” to access the articles and vast networking others are going to to rearrange how education is conducted in America. Lastly, if you’ve heard me speak out on Women on the Wall, you’ve heard me refer to the eerie “KnowledgeWorks” and their “Strive Together” Program.

Closing:

My warriors, do you see the picture here? Pearsonites doing Pearson’s bidding while marching to the agenda of those with plans to re-arrange our educational landscape. As we’ve known for quite some time the CCSS Machine is looming, it’s large, and it’s coming for our future leaders.

WYBI: CCSS’s Ego Issues

We know the U.S. Dept. of Ed loves the CCSS, but find out how bloated their ego really is these days.
We know the U.S. Dept. of Ed loves the CCSS, but find out how bloated their ego really is these days.

What if I told you the U.S. Dept. of Ed had just completed studies to support MORE federal education overreach? Would you believe it?! Let’s find out how CCSS and the Next Generation stack up in this bloated ego atmosphere.

The Group Responsible:

I am not sure if you know this or not, but tucked into the U.S. Dept. of Ed. is an Institute for Evaluation pertaining to American education (just recently an international evaluation was published as well, but that’s another story). The official name of the Institute is the “Institute of Education Sciences”. Their website for today’s post: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/index.asp

The Tweet That Sent Me Off the Cliff:

Being an avid researcher, I get all kinds of Twitter news. One of Monday morning’s was a doozy. See for yourselves:

As seen on my CCDiva Twitter account 3/2/15.
As seen on my CCDiva Twitter account 3/2/15.

The Studies:

After seeing this bloated ego of a tweet, I HAD to find out what exactly I could discover about the continued overreach of the federal gov’t in education. So, using the above website address, I discovered the following:
NCEE (National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance) has come up with a “Next Generation of Rigorous Evaluations” The purpose? So schools and school leaders can raise student achievement levels. You’ll need to access the website for today’s post (above) to read for yourselves the other things that are stated. However, here’s one excerpt that will send you over the edge of that cliff, “In particular, the NCEE focuses on conducting rigorous impact studies of promising educational programs and practices that are supported through federal funds.”  Guiding the studies? Three questions. Yes, that’s right 3 questions. Those questions are:“What is the impact of the federal program on the intended outcomes?”; “Is the program model effective?”; and “Is a specific intervention (or class of interventions) effective?” By reading the rest of what the IES has been bragging about, you’ll find over 30 studies have been completed.

Directly related to CCSS and have been studied (or are in the process of) are:
1) Pathways to College and or Career, especially through the federally funded GEAR UP (see my previously published article from 11/14 about GEAR UP: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/tag/gear-up/) Conducting this study? Oh, another bloated CCSS ego group, AIR (as in American Institutes for Research) The amount of federal funds to support this study (which doesn’t expire until 2018) is over $6 million! (for all the details, http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/pathways_gearup.asp)

2) Striving Readers Program, especially as awarded to states for raising literacy through curriculum. I found a NV based You Tube tutorial demonstrating the ties of CC to SR. Watch it below:

If you’d like to see the 2010 Webinar for the Striving Readers and how funding was not only awarded, but CC thrown in the mix: webinar8262010  To see more about the NCEE’s study for SR, go to: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/assistance_readers.asp Be sure to take note of the amount of federal funding and how it’s split up.

3) Evaluation the “Nation’s Report Card” or NAEP. See: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/other_naep.asp This study’s all about the data collection and how achievement levels are treated. Study will expire in 2016.

4) Title I and II especially under the ESEA. See: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/other_titleI.asp

Over $13 million dedicated to studying what standards states are using, what assessments, and how even more data can be used, collected. All approved and funded by Congress. This study ends in 2018. Three different contractors got this study. I dare you to google them to see how ties to CCSS they are! For example, EdCount, LLC was the organization which created the accountability guides the CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) used in each of the 50 states between 2003-2007. Partners include Pearson Publishing, AIR, and many others. (to see EdCount, LLC’s website for their partners/clients, visit: http://edcount.com/index.php/about/clients-and-partners Be sure to look at their ‘Services’ pages. You’ll be amazed at how much they do.

5) Implementing Assessments for Special Needs Students. See: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/projects/evaluation/disabilities_ideaimp.asp This study ended in 2011, cost the taxpayers of America, just over $2 million. Results? More outcome based education and ‘high standards’. I’ve included the final study report. You’ll especially need pages 72 and following where it is discussed that mandated standards are more common that IEPs. Get it: IDEAreport

For the Others:

There are other studies you’ll want to look at for yourselves. Try the Literacy Studies, the Math Studies, and the Teacher Studies. You won’t believe what you see! For example, in the Literacy Studies, under the “Evaluation for Reading Comprehension”. This Study was over $17 million to discover during its first year the reading curricula, “Reading for Knowledge”, showed NO positive growth. The Study’s quick to add that things did improve after the first year. When I searched for the said curricula I got the pro CCSS group “Amplify”. Gee whiz, another bloated ego. To access this Study and the others, use the same website address as in the beginning of this article and select your choice from the left hand menu.

Want to See More of the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s  Bloated Ego?

Then you’ll need to access their “What Works Clearinghouse”. The website: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/

Begin with the “Practice Guides”, then “Interventions” (especially the one titled “Fast Track”, for emotionally disturbed little ones), if you want to see reviews of the absolute latest in research, go for the “Quick Reviews”, you’ll find studies for charter schools and college/career readiness and other ‘blasts of ego’. To get to all these, just use the left hand menu.

Closing:
When I searched for an appropriate image to start this article off with, I found the teacher at the chalk board to be excellent. However, the caption it should have attached is the original one which reads, “An inflated ego is like a balloon. Over fill it and it will explode.” Can’t say I’d mind seeing CCSS explode altogether.

On your mark, get set, explode!!
On your mark, get set, explode!!

Sic’ ‘Em Saturday: Do You Know NASBE?

This national group has deep pockets..and lots of hands in them.
This national group has deep pockets..and lots of hands in them.

Before the CCSS, a Brief History:

The National Association of State Boards of Education is a public policy, non profit group since 1958. They are dedicated to helping your state B of E be even stronger. Given CCSS’s grasp on our state Bs of E..we’re in trouble. (more history: http://www.nasbe.org/about-us/about-nasbe/)

Enter, Mr. and Mrs. Gates:

Well over $1 million dollars from GF to NASBE. So much for objectivity in education.
Well over $1 million dollars from GF to NASBE. So much for objectivity in education.

Click on the screen shot above to see just how many dollars the Gates have granted the National Association of State School Boards of Education. Here’s a very brief description of each of the years. Website address is on the left hand side of the screen shot.

2005’s grant: to redesign high schools via leverage tools

2006’s grant: to address those high school redesign priorities

2009’s grant: regional meetings across the nation to ‘increase knowledge’ about CCSS

2011’s grant: building capacity to implement CCSS across the nation

2013’s grant: more implementation money for CCSS to survive and thrive

2014’s grant: money for student data safeguarding

Jump In, the Rest of the CCSS Gang is Here!

By no means are the folks at Gates Foundation the only CCSS supporters who are unabashedly partnering with the NASBE. Here’s the short list of the Backers for the Common Core with their hands in your state’s Boards of Education:

Pearson Publishing, Inc.

The Wallace Foundation

AdvancEd

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers

CTB-McGraw Hill

K12, Inc

College Board

ACT, Inc

See the rest of the gang at: http://www.nasbe.org/about-us/partners/   *Note: you’ll be sure to recognize almost all of the logos of those who support Common Core, don’t forget those who are included and don’t have a logo featured.

Navigating the Website:

Now that you know how subjective this non-profit is toward education and Common Core, be sure to look into their policy briefs. Handy for your research are downloads galore.

Topics that need our action on a citizen level (our action steps for today’s post) include:

Focus on the ‘curriculum and instruction’ topic (the most recent information is 2013), the ‘assessments’ (includes the Next Generation Science Standards), ‘standards and accountability’ (repeats some of the other downloads), ‘teaching’ (includes calling students ‘human capital’). What’s truly sad is there is absolutely NOTHING in the ‘education data privacy’ topic!

What may be  surprising (especially if you’re new to fighting the Core): The Centers for Disease Control partnering with NASBE. Think there’s not a connection between CDC and student data? Here’s a pdf I found from the Stop Common Core New Hampshire’s site: Wellness-Evaluation
To see what the Stop CC NH folks have, be sure to see their website: http://stopcommoncorenh.org/sccnh/category/privacy/page/3/   *Note: look for the “Gilman Health and Wellness Survey” post.

To see the CDC’s other data mining tools:  http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/surveys.htm 

Some related articles:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/30/from-the-files-health-care-gets-a-common-core-transfusion/ (my article where I show you the Mayo Clinic’s involvement and more)

Freedom Project Education’s You Tube video with Dr. Pesta and Mary Black, features where in the health care reform Common Core is primed for action. (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OPpbQWg9X8 )

What You Can Do Now:

If you live in a state where your state level education people are elected, great! You are the TRUE power, not these CCSS bloated organizations! If you live in a state where those in charge are appointed, work to take the power of the people BACK to the people! Get to know how the State Board of Ed interacts with the state government. They MUST work together somehow. Is there a link your anti CCSS group can use a grain of sand that will quickly gain speed? If so, jump on it! If not, continue to beseech your officials to LISTEN to the people. Continue to use all the evidence you can to show those in charge. Many have very little clue as to just WHAT Common Core is OR the fact that it is in SO many places we were not informed of. We can’t afford to be blindsighted anymore than we’ve already been by the CCSS Machine!

A special shout out to all the Patriots Against Common Core.
A special shout out to all the Patriots Against Common Core.

 

 

FTF Tuesday: IASSC..Universal Certification

IASSC (International Association for Six Sigma Certification) is a third party in the field of workforce credentials. If you’re not familiar with how credentials play into Common Core, think WorkKeys assessments (from the ACT, Inc. folks), Career Tech Ed, and THAT arm of the CC Machine. What’s interesting to note is this credentialing company has this tag line,
“THE Universal Certification”.  Unlike “WorkKeys” which is used in aligning your students academic path (for those in 12th grade and under; whereas for those beyond 12th, the assessment is used to pigeonhole one in a job), IASSC uses classes of certification that sound like a karate class. Green Belt certified, Yellow Belt, and the best, Black Belt. Or you could go for the “Get Lean Six Sigma Certified” for your workforce career.

Belts…Binding You to a Job:

The Yellow Belt Worker: Is considered a basic level professional. This worker bee will sit through a 1 and 1/2 hour exam. This proctored exam contains 60 questions, is offered in over 100 countries and to date, and given in 8,000 testing centers. The goal? Can this worker be a great team member or lead small projects? (for more: http://www.iassc.org/six-sigma-certification/yellow-belt-certification/)

The Green Belt Worker: Is considered suitable for leading projects. This exam has less questions, but the time to assess is expanded to 3 hours. Like the Yellow Belt, over 100 countries and 8,000 testing centers. (see: http://www.iassc.org/six-sigma-certification/green-belt-certification/)

The Black Belt: this successful assessed worker will be different than the yellow or green belts (these are for part-time workers) in that they will be suited for full-time employment. The candidates are considered leaders of teams. Testing centers and countries which offer this are the same as the others.

The Six Sigma: not a ‘belt’, but an on-demand approach to high stakes job assessment initiatives. Here’s a quote, “IASSC is now offering a breakthrough approach to high-stakes certification testing. Facilitated completely and available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year.” Then, “IASSC provides multiple avenues for achieving your Black Belt, Green Belt and Yellow Belt Certification or integrating the IASSC Lean Six Sigma Certifications into your initiatives, programs and offerings.”

Enter Pearson Vue:

pearsonvueice

 

If you don’t know this branch of the Common Core Machine, you should. Why? Each year millions of people take exams or assessments through them. Working with over 400 credential owners (meaning those groups in charge of setting up credentials are worth, etc.), Pearson, as we know, has us covered. Here’s an excerpt,  “From downloadable practice tests to high-stakes, proctored exams that require the industry’s most secure testing environments, Pearson VUE is the leader in computer-based-testing — and much more.”  So, since we know Pearson’s record of massive profits with Common Core alignment how does it connect to the IASSC? PeopleCert. PC is a global ‘leading player’ in the certification industry. Here’s the sales pitch straight from Pearson’s website:

“Get certified today for the globally recognized project management and ITSM qualifications 

Boost your resume with a PEOPLECERT certification! PEOPLECERT exams via Pearson VUE currently include: 

  • ITIL® Foundation exam (English)
  • PRINCE2® Foundation exam (English)
  • PRINCE2® Foundation exam (German)
  • MSP® Foundation exam (English)
  • M_o_R® Foundation exam (English)
  • MoP® Foundation exam (English)
  • IASSC Lean Six Sigma – Yellow Belt
  • IASSC Lean Six Sigma – Green Belt
  • IASSC Lean Six Sigma – Black Belt”

What’s an “ITSM”?  It stands for “Information Technology Service Management”, it is usually coupled with ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library).  If you want to understand how these factor into all the assessments, certifications, think about how much in CCS is pushing digital learning, coding classes, and even data mining.. (a good website of information is http://www.itgovernance.co.uk/ {Note: you can even find publications for taking all the information from silos to implemented programs and services!} If you’d like to see more from Pearson’s Vue website about PeopleCert, http://www.pearsonvue.com/peoplecert/ If you wish to go straight to the PeopleCert website, http://www.peoplecert.org/en/Pages/Peoplecert-Home.aspx {Be sure to note which well known CCS corporations are in the thick of things.} If you wish to see what other assessments PearsonVue is in control of, http://home.pearsonvue.com/About-Pearson-VUE/Discover-Pearson-VUE/Pearson-VUE-businesses.aspx {Note, there’s the GED and many others}

Why is this a big deal? If you look a bit behind all the ads about credentials, better careers, ease of access to take an assessment, you’ll find things like this, from PeopleCert’s CSR webpage, “Our goal is to act as a responsible corporate citizen and as such our commitment to sustainable development is an integral part of our business strategy.” This is followed by this juggernaut paragraph,

“Fully aligned with the EU strategy for Information Society to make IT and Communications technologies accessible to all, PEOPLECERT focuses on 3 key initiatives:

  • In cooperation with national institutions, PEOPLECERT free ECDL and City & Guilds certifications to teenage offenders, offering support and training for their re-induction to society.
  •  In addition, PEOPLECERT’s systems have been designed to include the Automated Test Evaluation facility, so that visually impaired individuals can take any PEOPLECERT exam.
  • GetBusy: Developed by PEOPLECERT Microsoft and the Hellenic Professionals Informatics Society (HePIS) to boost the skills of young people and improve their employment opportunities. Part of Microsoft’s Youthspark Global programme, getbusy.gr was designed to help young people aged 18-27 test their skills through an online quiz and improve their know-how through an informative portal which offered ‘How to’ tips on areas such as CV and interview techniques, presentation skills, basic principles of entrepreneurship and fundraising techniques, as well as on basic ICT skills based on the globally recognized ECDL certification. “

The Six Sigma/Lean Six Sigma:

If you’re not familiar with “Lean Six Sigma” it’s a business model based on the “Six Sigma”. The biggest difference, the lean one is based on a model to reduce waste. Now, if you’re talking waste as in using too much paper, that’s one thing, but remember..what are these credentials and assessments measuring? It’s not paper..IT’S People!! One of the best resources for the use of Lean Six?? From IBM! (gee, another CCS supporter, profit maker). The paper details how IT (information technology and those who are in charge can collaborate, streamline and align, have businesses go in and measure or monitor any data they choose). See: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpapers/pdfs/redp4447.pdf 

‘Six Sigma’ found its start in 1986 from Motorola before it was moved to GE in 1995. The basics were to apply to manufacturing using an empirical method of people. The mastermind creator? Jack Welch. McGraw-Hill Publishers (more CCS profit makers) has a book that details Six Sigma. Called the “Six Sigma Handbook” by Thomas Pyzdek and Paul Keller. ISBN# 9780071623377

Related information:

The design is you have two similar models that can become a part of your credentialed path, the DMAIC or the DMADV via the Six Sigman (either in full form or lean form). Where to two models are almost in total agreement…using only fact based information..NO intuition is needed. Where the two disagree the most…levels of control. Here’s what a website I found explaining the 2 shared; see below and click to enlarge the graphic.

Common Core trained workers will need to be many while Common Core managers will need to be few.
Common Core trained workers will need to be many while Common Core managers will need to be few.

Source for the above related information: http://www.isixsigma.com/new-to-six-sigma/design-for-six-sigma-dfss/dmaic-versus-dmadv/

How CC benefits from Six Sigma:

Jack Welch, that’s how. Common Core Institute is another. Daily Censored wrote about all of the connections, see: http://www.dailycensored.com/get-a-black-belt-in-common-core-curriculum-implementation/  Here’s an excerpt, “Jack Welch. Welch was affectionately known as Neutron Jack, for his policy of getting rid of employees at General Electric while leaving the buildings intact. After his retirement from GE,  New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein  tagged Welch as chief advisor to a new academy to train principals. Caroline Kennedy, then-chair of the city schools fundraising effort,, said  corporate heads were eager to chip in $30 million here and there for this venture. ”
Link to the Common Core Institute: http://commoncoreinstitute.org/cart.aspx
Link to the C2 Collaborative (also a part of the CCI): http://c2ready.org/

Note: since many teachers are being run through the Six Sigma models, you’ll have to factor in the universities which offer these educational degrees! The Daily Censored article gives you two. University of Ohio and University of California. I’m sure there are more.

Closing:

I truly hope that each of you anti Common Core warriors will use the above information to help stress to our legislators WHY Career Tech Ed/Career Pathways/Workforce aligned CC IS not only un-American, it’s downright playing right into the hands of the loss of individuality for our students. As I’m sure you’re tired of me saying this every time this subject comes up, but I’ll state it again..it matters NOT where our students learn, traditional schools or home; young students or older…ALL will be ensnared. Look at all the evidence and decide how you will get involved in this battle.

Tech Thursday: National Career Pathways Network

CP Network: A national outreach full of strings on all levels with one goal in mind: your aligned, trained student.
CP Network: A national outreach full of strings on all levels with one goal in mind: your aligned, trained student.

The Network:

If you’ve followed my blog long, you know each Thursday is devoted to Common Core beyond high school. Today is no different. If you’ve not been made aware of this network, you’ll want to get to know about it. It’s called the “National Career Pathways Network” and they have quite an agenda. (website: http://www.ncpn.info/index.php)

The Agenda:

Career Pathways is post-secondary Common Core and is coming at our students (regardless of age or school choice) via the recent Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014. I’m providing the links to the 2 articles I wrote about CP/WIOA on the “Prevent Common Core” website. (see: http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1187 from 09/14 and http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1201 from 10/14)

According the the Network’s website there are 10 agenda points for POSs (Programs of Study) for Career Pathways. So every time a student takes a CP course, you’ll know these 10 are woven into it:
1) Legislation and Policies (ie: from federal, state, and local levels)
2) Partnerships (ie: more P3s or public/private partnerships)
3) Professional Development (ie: career tech alignment courses)
4) Accountability and Evaluation Systems (ie: more data mining)
5) College and Career Readiness Standards (ie: more Common Core disguised as not CCSS)
6) Course Sequences (ie: aligning the track between secondary and post-secondary schools)
7) Credit Transfer Agreements (ie: keeping the alignment accountable)
8) Guidance Counseling and Academic Advisement (ie: can’t have trained workers without trained guidance)
9) Teaching and Learning Strategies (ie: more project based, collaborative learning)
10) Technical Skills Assessments (ie: assessments from federal, state, and local levels)

To see the entire pdf of  these 10 agenda items and to learn even more about HOW they factor into Career Tech Education/Career Pathways: 10ComponentsofPOS

The U. S. Dept. of Labor’s Six Key Elements of Career Pathways:

From the DOL’s website, a report dated September 2011, was written by an outside group for the DOL under the ‘Career Pathways Technical Assistance Initiative’ project. That outside group? Social Policy Research  Associates. The report is chock full of more ways to collaborate, to align, to join forces, more global competitive rhetoric, more skills gap pleas, and assessments to impact everyone involved.

Here’s an excerpt of how CPs (Career Pathways) are defined by the Dept. of Labor, “WHAT ARE CAREER PATHWAYS? Career pathway-oriented workforce development has the goal of increasing individuals’ educational and skills attainment and improving their employment outcomes while meeting the needs of local employers and growing sectors and industries. Career pathway programs offer a clear sequence, or pathway, of education coursework and/or training credentials aligned with employer-validated work readiness standards and competenciesThis systems approach makes it easier for people to earn industry-recognized credentials (through more flexible avenues and opportunities for relevant education and training) and to attain marketable skills so that they can more easily find work in growing careers.”  *Note: Repeatedly throughout the report, you’ll see that the CPs were to target ADULT learners, CPs were to include those individuals who find they are displaced, or incarcerated. So WHY are we finding more and more CP alignment in elementary and secondary schools? Simple answer: Common Core.

So, what are those Dept. of Labor 6 keys to CPs? 1. Build cross-agency partnerships and clarify roles; 2. Identify sector or industry and engage employers; 3. Design education and training programs; 4. Identify funding needs and sources; 5. Align policies and programs; 6. Measure system change and performance.  In anti Common Core speak, these keys mean 1) sharing vision of outcomes, getting politicians to support vision; 2) have industry/business help lay out CP; 3) lessons taught follow the framework of #2; 4) find the money for leveraging purposes; 5) promotes the CP on a united front; and 6) assess, assess, assess. The Dept. of Labor has a nice picture graphic of the Pathway (oddly enough, in the shape of a circle):

The path that leads in a circle soon gets you nowhere.
The path that leads in a circle soon gets you nowhere.

Meet the ‘designers’ of the Career Pathway, per the 2011 report,  see the picture below (click to enlarge it):

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You’ll definitely want to look at the entire report, it details the key people needed in your community to pull a successfully aligned Career Pathway off. See: CareerPathwaysToolkit2011

Has anything been updated since 2011 in the Career Pathway Initiative? Not too much has actually changed. There are still the 2011 resources seen above in use.

What has happened is the net that’s cast has broadened. Website: https://learnwork.workforce3one.org/page/about 

( my previous post from 11/14 delved into more about Career Pathways/Tracks, etc.)see below:

https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/06/tech-thursday-workforce-commissions-education-and-common-core/ *Note, links to connect more dots between CP and CCSS will be at the bottom of this post.

Selling the Career Pathway:

I’m including a 2012 Success School Network video that will help illustrate how CPs are being ‘sold’ to our schools. Speaking is the Ga. State Superintendent (John Barge). The Harvard study he refers to is one I’ve written on before “Pathways to Prosperity”. It was a joint effort between Harvard University and Pearson Publishing. The Summit this video was featured in was provided by the School Success Network. All 3 (Harvard, Pearson, and School Success) have well documented ties to Common Core Standards. So, objectivity? Not a chance! By the way, the way in which we’re being sold? State legislation!! Departments of Commerce!!

Related: School Success Network to Common Core: http://www.schoolimprovement.com/products/common-core-360/

How to effectively implement CC: http://www.schoolimprovement.com/effective-common-core-implementation/

Tying Pearson, Harvard, and Common Core:
http://preventcommoncore.com/?p=1201

Another link to use in relation to Career Pathways, Pearson, Harvard, corporations, and the US Government:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/11/16/rmt-vp-unions-career-tech-and-common-core/

Social Policy Research Associates can help you build a ‘talent pipeline’at your school : http://www.spra.com/2014/07/15/building-a-smart-talent-pipeline/

Social Policy’s 2013 Report/Study on a CA based Youth Workforce Project:
http://testspra.com/wordpress2/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/FINAL-DCYF-YWD-Mid-Project-Report.pdf (look for ‘intentional skill building’, employer engagement, etc.)