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Controlling the Authority

A very important follow up to Monday’s article about local school boards.

 “We’ll also address how city school boards, private schools, home education, and, charters authorities will be treated in the ‘ESSA Era’.” 

Before that closing statement, I also shared with you how I noticed a pattern of counties in NC which chose to be held to AdvancEd’s standard of accrediting. I’ve got some information about AdvancEd below. Here is what I’ve previously written about them.

AdvancEd is chosen by several States to be the ones which hold school boards accountable. Here are just a few noteworthy items about the mindset behind the company holding your board members (schools and States, too) accountable.

1) Be collective! “The AdvancED Accreditation Policies and Procedures outlined in this document represent the unified policies and procedures for accreditation from AdvancED and its Accreditation Divisions: North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), herein collectively referred to as AdvancED.”

What does this mean for the school board? Any and all schools wishing to be a part of the AdvancEd ‘team’, must abide by all the policies and procedures laid out by AdvancEd.
AdvancEd serves school districts, b) systems of schools, c) corporations, and, d) Education Service Agencies, (ESAs).

{*Note, ESAs may or may not be included in our LEAs and SEAs (Local Education Agencies; State Education Agencies). According to the national group for ESAs, there are over 500 service oriented groups in 45 States. With ESSA’s increased push for P3s (public, private partnerships), CCSS and/or CCR aligned Professional Development, and other global agenda items, we’re sure to see these service groups become more of a presence in our local school boards.}

2) Be global! According to a NC General Assembly document,  AdvancED represents tens of thousands of schools and districts across the United States and 69 countries worldwide“.

Considering the per school/ed service agency (ex: Sylvan Learning Centers)/school board, this will be quite a profit maker for AdvancEd.

I found an AdvancEd Application from 2016, where the Group was seeking  Pennsylvania’s authority to operate in businesses like Sylvan. Kumon Math Centers were included, along with others.

******As always, ask “What is in my State?”*******

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Since I frequently give you NC information to use to see where to look in your State:

1) A NC County’s (2012-13) AdvancEd Report (Note the CCSS Machine agenda/ties)  click here

2) According to the NC State Board of Education’s Accreditation information, schools must be accredited, BUT they do NOT have to choose AdvancEd. See the document below for what the SBE (State Board of Ed) considers a ‘savings’ for schools to be accredited. 

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The Chain of Command For Accreditation:

As another example for where to look, the NC State Legislative Accreditation Document shows how the command chain works.

How will ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) change this? (*Note: while ESSA may change accreditation, the HEA, (Higher Education Act’s) upcoming re-authorization will most definitely change the process.)

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Before we move on, what do we, as Warriors do, when we discover our county school board adheres to BOTH AdvancEd and our State Board’s accreditation? Does that mean our taxpayer dollars are twice used without our voice?! If only one is adhered to, which one wins out over the other? Is it the State or AdvancED?!

So, How Do Charter School Boards Fit In?:

These are not actually ‘school boards’ in a traditional sense. The authorizing body is called a “NC Charter Advisory Board”. Written out in NC General State Statute 115C Article 14A.
The Article begins with, “authorize a system of charter schools to provide opportunities for teachers, parents, pupils, and community members to establish and maintain schools that operate independently of existing schools.” Sounds great, doesn’t it?! “Independent of existing schools…”

IF this is true, why do we see the same pro CSSS Member groups involved?! I hope you see the irony below:

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If you wish to see Chapter 138A, access it here.

What do charter school Advisory Members have for requirements as laid out in 115C Article 14a? I’m so glad you want to know. (*Note: this Chapter is 23 pages long.)

1) Collectively strong, experience wise with “public and non profit goverance,  management and finance, assessment, curriculum and instruction, public charter schools, and public education law. All appointed members of the Advisory Board shall have demonstrated an understanding of and a commitment to charter schools as a strategy for strengthening public education.”
Warriors
, re-read that last line, please.

2) These APPOINTED members serve in 4 year terms.

3) These members basically become the State Board of Education’s cheeerleaders for charter schools.

4) A new office within the NC Dept. of Public Instruction was created per this 14a chapter.
It’s known as the  Office of Charter Schools. Here’s the ‘kicker’, the Office is ‘subject to the supervision, direction, and control of the State Board of Education’. As part of the subjection, more appointees will be put in places of power.

Warriors, do you see a pattern here? More appointees means LESS VOICE by taxpaying citizens!


In NC, Charters And AdvancEd Meet:

Warriors, if you recall yesterday’s article, I laid out for you quite a few questions about school boards and the pro CCSS Machine member ties.

AdvancEd has been mentioned in more than one NC County. For example, I told you the county I live in has written in their school board policy to maintain their accreditation ties to AdvancEd and/or the State Board

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Iredell Charter is also a ‘tutition free’ public charter school. There is a ton of information you should read if you are interested in learning how a ‘tutition free’ public school is governed. However, look below for a better definition of HOW charter schools are funded.

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One more thing about Iredell Charter. It’s a Charter School USA managed educational institution. I tied AdvancEd to Charter Schools USA back in 2014. The focus of that article was the behavior management being bred in these ‘alternative’ schools.

What About Private Education and Homeschooling?

Here in NC, private schools and homeschools are under the authority of the NC DNPE (North Carolina Department of Non Public Education). As a ‘retired’ home educator in NC, I know this Department well. I’ve seen it shift from helping separate public education from private (NC considers homeschooling a legal form of private education).

However, since 2013, this Department has been ‘relaxed’. How? A law set forth to protect homeschooling (see Part 3 of the law) was changed ever so slightly under the guise of giving MORE choices to those families who chose to educate their own children.

The purpose, as one NC General Assembly member stated, was to ‘purposely blur the lines between public education and homeschooling.’

Guess what? It happened. Once of the BEST ways in which the lines were blurred was through the NC Virtual Public School. Thanks to ESSA, the blurring of lines will INCREASE.

ncvpsNotice that NC’s Virtual Public School is also carrying out the State Board of Education’s bidding: ‘producing modern learners’ for the “21st Century”.

Warriors, let’s not forget that some States have home education out in the open and not protected under private education clauses. Think about this, homeschool students use the same nationally normed assessments. If they haven’t been mandated to use the nationally normed assessments so far, they will be very soon.

So, how will ESSA play out for charters, private schools, and home education?

Here are just a few ways:
Titles funding (example, Title One is the largest federal funding stream and is used in all school districts; Title Four is for block grants; think 21st Century Community Learning Centers)
Data mining
High stakes assessments
College and career readiness
STEM
American Apprenticeships

Related Resources:

Articles Spelling how educational choices will be impacted via ESSA.
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2017/02/12/who-doesnt-love-coupons/
(vouchers, ed savings accounts, school choice, and the fallacies of them all)

b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2017/02/26/the-other-dear-colleague-letter/
(nails CTE as the conduit by which every educational choice is passed through)
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/setting-us-up/
(details how our tax dollars are used against us in the name of educational progress)
d) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/23/essa-in-a-nutshell/
(for those pressed for time and/or in traditional schools)

e) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/
(for those in private, faith based, or, home education)

To see how NC’s mucking up the ‘local control’ via ESSA so far:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/practicing-education/

Is there a solution?
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2017/01/21/the-wannabees/

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WDED?!

The ‘burning’ question: WDED? Or, “What Did Education Do?”    Too stupid much!

Think of it as this way, my, anti CCSS Warriors. What ‘our’ U.S. Dept. of Education is doing since ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) has become law makes as much sense as a sponge wearing pants.

Before I get to why I’m comparing a federal agency to a fictional character, let me back track a few days to my article about Dr. King’s road trip. Since taking over the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Secretary role, Dr. King has stunned us almost daily with one agenda program or mandate after another. So when ‘his’ road trip (which, by the way WE are paying for with our tax dollars), hit the press,  I hit it even harder.

From my “King’s Bandwagon, It’s A-comin'”, here are his words, ” “I hope in the end it’s that folks see that they have a stake in the success of other people’s children. The reality is you can’t build walls high enough to keep the fate of your kids separate from the fate of the kid down the block, down the street, down the road, in the next community over – all our kids’ fates are bound up together. And the work that we’re doing on supplement not supplant, the work that we’re doing on socioeconomic diversity in schools and promoting efforts to increase school diversity, all of that is about saying we are one community and we are ultimately stronger together.” ”
  See the entire article, https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/kings-bandwagon-its-a-comin/

So, ‘ED’s’ On the Road:

While Dr. King was in D.C., he appeared to be on what is a Southern term for well mannered, “minding his Ps and Qs”. But alas, take King out of D.C. and he seems to of ‘let it all hang out’. What in the world do I mean? Check out the latest ESSA related press release that ED is so proud of!

The Fed ED Press Release link:
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USED/bulletins/164b0b6?reqfrom=share

The excerpt I’m highlighting is in the screen shot below:

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Now, before I share a bit more about the ‘ball and chain’ ESSA will put on all the States by these ‘new guidance measures’, let me give you the side stories ED (and at least this press release have left out).
One: Note that in King’s statement there’s pointed direction to ‘return on investment’. “Great progress”?! Look below, Warriors:

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Almost 40 years ago, President Carter uttered some pretty similar sentiments. The “Goobernator” as he was referred to as I was growing up in GA, obviously missed the days in class where the Constitution was taught.
Otherwise, he’d of known that NO federal investment in education is legal! Investing/return on investment in education is 100% illegal! It was then and it is now!
Two:

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Yes, just like “SpongeBob’s” side kick,“Patrick”,  Dr. King has a sideshow host, Sen. Lamar Alexander!
Oh, Alexander’s quite the poser. Look at how long he’s been spewing rhetoric about ‘investing in education’. Look how long he waxed on every time ESSA was on the Congress’ schedule. Think about how long he gloated about those helping pass ESSA. They were NOT all legislators. There were scads of private groups sold out to the CCSS Machine!
Look how long he droned on at Dr. King’s confirmation. Oh, sure, he bellowed, he beat his fists, he’s since spread poppy-cock about ESSA and how ‘upset’ he is over King’s behavior!

This coming from the man who stated back in the 80s about ‘cradle to grave’ education alignment?! Alexander/Patrick’s latest sideshow? Do what you want with ESSA!
See: http://truthinamericaneducation.com/elementary-and-secondary-education-act/alexander-assume-can-want-under-essa/
*Note: any resemblance is certainly something that’s in the eye of the beholder.


What ESSA Really Says About All That ‘Guidance’:

Increased public private partnerships for not only students, but entire communities. Not only will your student succeed, he or she will succeed because everyone in town had a hand in it. The reality? Non educators will have more opportunities to teach. More ideology you may not wish to have your child exposed to at this time will be ‘in their faces’. These P3s will also be rewarded by the LEAs and SEAs for ‘performing’. Want your child to advance a grade? It won’t be up to the teacher anymore, but the LEAs and P3s.
Below is just one example of the kind of guidance education is getting. It’s not in the name of ‘quality academic education’ BUT Career Tech Ed (adult CCSS) for workforce!

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More research conducted, especially by the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s special teams, in the name of understanding people. The reality? Constant measuring, assessing, and reporting. Our students AND their families will become lab rats. Entire communities will be graded, measured, and assessed as well. Not performing well? Funding for certain programs will be on the chopping block. ESSA will have the assessments reach (quite literally) into your homes.

Those ‘returns on investment’? That’s the CCSS Machine’s new way of referring to our sons and daughters. They’ve been reduced to financial commodities, including ‘human capital’.


What Works, but Really is Dependent:

The splendorous Ed Press Release also boasted of the NEW “What Works”. Oh joy, (sarcasm intended).
First off it’s in the IES (Institutes for Educational Sciences). IES is behind the lab rats programs and assessments, including that in-home assessment for how well your family is hooked up for the internet.
Then, there’s the REL (Regional Education Labs). More lab rats.
ESSA has ‘region specific education’ language for a purpose.
ESSA also has lots and lots of language for career and college readiness; post-secondary readiness. The CCR (college/career readiness) Centers have our nation broken into regions, too. Coincidence? Hardly.
Then, there’s NCEE (National Center for Education Evaluation and Regional Assistance). More assessing, and measuring. More alignment to a global agenda. More ‘region specifics’. See my article about how the regional and the global meet under NCEEhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/03/04/wybi-ccsss-ego-issues/

To see the What Works, newly re-designed website: http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/?utm_content=&utm_medium=email&utm_name=&utm_source=govdelivery&utm_term=

To see IES and ESSA’s plans: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

A screen shot of how the CCSS Machine, ESSA, and IES connect to so much more than we’ve seen to date:

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So, Warriors, What SHOULD  ED do? How about become non existent?!

Hear Ye, Hear Ye

May 2016 is closing rapidly, anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors. While some of us dream of a lazy summer, I hope you will NOT let your voices be muted. The CCSS Machine will NOT be taking the summer off. In fact, the Machine will use the times we are distracted to do the most damage. How do I know this? Look back at the track record.

A great example is the announcement just a few days ago, and ‘oh-so-strategically-planned-to-happen-while-we-were-gearing-up-for-the-Memorial-Day-Weekend’ move the U.S. Dept .of Ed made. What was the big news? It concerns public comments to be taken for State Accountability measures as per the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act).

essaaugYou may of seen my late posting of the above picture yesterday on Facebook, Twitter, and MeWe. If not, expand the screen shot.

Hot on the heels of the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s announcement , came the pro CCSS, Gates Foundation-backed, ASCD to the ‘rescue’ with their own announcement. ASCD’s was full of ‘helpful’ tips amounting to we will guide you through this; keep you informed…you know, the kind of ‘trust us’ attitude the CCSS Machine loves to dish out, but never means.

Rather than give you the ASCD, pro CCSS/ESSA rhetoric to the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Accountability Public Comment Period, I am including the information straight from the Ed. Why? The proposed regulations/mandates/expectations for each of the States per the ESSA is 192 pages long. IF we are to make ANY sort of valid, truth filled comment to the U.S. Dept. of Ed, we have to have their words…and use them against themselves.

Note that by making 192 pages of regulations, mandates, and/or expectations, the goal of truly State-led educational choices will be very hard to come by. As we have seen in the past from the U.S. Dept. of Ed; as well as others in the CCSS Machine, while public comments are taken, it is suspect what truly happens to them.

However, we, as the Warriors, HAVE made a big difference when we are united in our message. Case in point? The nomination of Dr. John King was narrowly won..that my fellow Warriors, is because WE made so much noise!!! We used truth, we used fact-based evidence. Our dissent was publicly noted..That is WHY we MUST respond to the Accountability Portions of the ESSA! To remain silent, is to condone the ESSA’s mandates and regulations.

So, here is the 192 page document: nprmaccountabilitystateplans52016

Below, please find what we Warriors need to know from just the first few pages of the document!!

1) Title One funding is the main portal of ESSA changes, even in accountability (aka: measuring student outcomes/performances/competencies via assessments. This is turn will impact teachers as well.)

2) SEAs and LEAs (State Education Agencies and Local Education Agencies) will receive more grant money. With more grant money, will be more strings.)

3) Federal budget money for education will be involved. If you don’t know the CCSS/CTE/CCR/ESSA/WIOA/HEA* strings in the Fiscal Year 2017 Federal Education Budget Requests, I have a series of researched, fact based articles detailing how accountability and loss of state control is already in the works.
(*Common Core State Standards/Career Tech Education/College and Career Readiness/Every Student Succeeds Act/Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act/Higher Education Act)

4) While each and every ESSA accountability measure needs commenting on, the Dept. of Ed, especially needs our help (lucky us, we have been invited to comment) with:

a) Meaningful identification of consistently under-performing groups of students.
b) Addressing the low attendance of nationally based assessments; assessments must be a part of every State’s educational plan and meet 95% so teachers and parents can use the data for student successes.
c) Ambitious English Language Learning (ELL) goals and timeline for maximum proficiency.
d) Shifting special needs kids from Title One funding/IDEA funds to a subgroup for Academic Achievement Indicator calculations.
e) Standardizing special needs, homeless students, ELL students, and foster care children to fit graduation rate criteria.

*You can find these 5 points in the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s words on Pages 4 and 5.

If you missed the first U.S. Dept. of Education’s Public Comment period, the results of it are included in this documented report. Those begin on Page 5 and continue to Page 7. They are worth reading, Warriors.

Required ESSA ‘State Goals’ begin on Page 9. State Goals include assessments, accountability, ELLs success, student outcomes of achievement, data mining/sharing, reforming low-performing schools, and more. The Goals appear to end on Page 13. How these Goals are to be carried out, however, takes from Page 13 to well pass Page 70. Among them are 3 types of Indices to be used: a) Academic Progress, b) School Quality, and c) Student Success (Page 18). That stated, go back up near Pages 14 – 16 to see how each of these will include post-secondary readiness, educator engagement, etc.; careful wording for ‘all schools’ and then ‘public schools’ when accountability is being measured.

Warriors, this should be more than enough to get us started on digging in and fighting back. Stay tuned for more on this whopper of aligned document!

Ed For Sale

Greetings Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors! The Weekend News is here! What can we learn from the CCSS Machine? In a short sentence: how the global education business market is growing.

A Recent Webinar:

Just a few days ago, I was among many who joined in a pro CCSS backed group’s webinar for how educational business/services can a) capitalize on the recent passage of (Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA); b) go global with education; c) make big sales for their companies; and d) drive education as we know it straight down the tubes.

Which group was hosting? The Gates Foundation funded EdWeek, of course! What global educational consulting firm also joined the frey? The ISC (International School Consultancy). If you haven’t heard of ISC, they are based in the United Kingdom and are the oldest global education consulting group of their kind. Because of this, it was shared in the webinar, the ISC has the historical educational data to back why going global is a great thing for all of us. Among the nations attending this webinar, the most were from the U.S.A., while the next 2 biggest attendees were the U.K. and the United Arab Empire.

About 2 months ago, EdWeek launched its Marketplace, where educational business, services, and those seeking such, can get information. I was invited to join the Marketplace, so I could get all kinds of research. However, at $750.00, I decided to pass. Besides, why in the world would I support the Gates Foundation’s backed group by purchasing their research?

It was the Marketplace portion of EdWeek presenting in this webinar. According to Kevin (from Marketplace), the virtual store is where gaps of what K-12th education needs meet business providers. Thus a harmonious bridge is created. Aren’t we so lucky….Among some of the provisions are Next Generation Science Standards/Assessments, Data Mining tools, etc. Kevin also stated the ESSA is for business ‘a canary in a coal mine’ opportunity. WiseGeek.org says that for governments and businesses the phrase means a ‘harbinger of the future’. (See: http://www.wisegeek.org/what-does-it-mean-to-be-a-canary-in-a-coal-mine.htm)

According to one of the slides from the Webinar, Bill Gates has predicted the education businesses (especially digital) will increase by 50% or $1.1 billion dollars. Driving the sales? Ed Tech (supposedly higher quality education/more personalized learning/evidence based results based on proven technology)

What I Have Seen/Heard:

As one who has researched the stuffing out of the ESSA, I can tell you, the increased amount of P3s (public private partnerships), businesses/educational services will increase dramatically. LEAs (local education agencies) and SEAs (State Education Agencies) will be able to open their federally provided funds up to anyone offering any type of business/service which can be related to student success (aka: student outcomes, competency based mastery, college and career readiness, post-secondary readiness, and student achievement).

Warriors, we should NOT be the last to know this information! Why do I say this?
a) The EdWeek Research arm recently partnered with the National School Superintendent’s Association to conduct a study on ESSA friendly PD (Professional Development).  I have shared with you in the past how aligned to CCSS, the School Supers Association is.
b) a recent meeting I attended hosted by the North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction was full of folks from P3s either imploring the DPI for ESSA federal funds or employing more people from those P3s (and new ones) for educational purposes! Among the most sought after? SEL (social emotional learning) My point? The pro side is wasting NO time in getting the message out. Since the state I live is in already hopping on the bandwagon, yours probably is too!

More We Need to Know From Both Hosts:

The CCSS/ESSA slanted Webinar also shared the following information:

1) Educational business and services are golden opportunities for America.
2) School leaders WANT more personalized learning (as based off Digital Promise research). (*Note from my research: Digital Promise is a huge portion of ESSA.)
3) With more personalized learning comes better data tracking via student CBE (competency based education) progress.
4) SC, MS, ND, KY, and KS lead the nation in ELL (English Language Learning) digital education content.
5) Professional Development for teachers is slowly embracing the digital shift.
6) OERs (Open Educational Resources) are popular with teachers now and are better aligned to the CCSS than previous resources. OERs also are a great business profit maker because your company can help purchasers save school funding.
7) The ESSA will give educational businesses not only more money, but give schools better accountability, too. (*Note from my research: ESSA’s main damaging points are the national assessments, the accountability of the States to the U.S. Dept. of Ed and the funding which unites all this.)
8) Non-academic education businesses/services will also have opportunities to cash in.
9) Consider all of the above as opportunities for experimentation in education, especially how our students/teachers are measured.
10) EdWeek is helping the gradual building of international education marketing and trends. In 2015, around $15.2 billion was made by those participating. ISC shared that the tuition market for profits is about $39 billion and will increase to near $90 billion by 2026. Fee based education is a huge portion of the global education aspect. All this means the global economy is very healthy and that enrollment population is increasing.
11) English is being considered the language of business, therefore the need for ELL alignment is paramount for globally recognized credentials. In the screen shot below, notice the EMEM (Engish-Medium Education Market). This is something we will see increase via ESSA and other moves.

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12) Global education has 4 benefits, the top 2: labor/quality learning
13) Inclusion is a top need for those being globally educated. Globally educated students are best fed by curriculum which supports inclusion.
14) There are over 200 International School Associations.
15) UAE (United Arab Empire) leads the world in the most international schools.
16) Curriculum trends find that UK based resources and IB (International Baccalaureate) are among the most used. (*Note from my research: IB Curriculum is not only UN/UNESCO based, it’s main contributor is a noted leftist.)
17) ISC noted that the most measured global assessments they track are the IGCSE*, the IB Diploma Program, the PSAT and SAT, and the GCEA*. (*IGCSE stands for “International General Certificate of Secondary Education”.) The University of Cambridge developed this over 25 years ago. To learn more:
 http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-secondary-2/cambridge-igcse/
(*GCE stands for General Certificate of Education; the GCEA, from what I can find refers to only one level of GCEs. There are GCE-As, GCE-A2 levels. Combined, the 2 levels have 31 career based tracks you can earn your Certificate in. There is also a GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education). There are 41 career based tracks available at the secondary level.)

Warriors, does this sound familiar?! Career Pathways, Career Clusters, Career Technical Education….all part of the CCSS Machine!! To see more about GCEs:
http://ccea.org.uk/qualifications/gce; to learn more about GCSEshttp://ccea.org.uk/qualifications/gcse

Closing:

I will be taking a more in-depth look at the ISC and reporting what I find in the upcoming week. In the meantime, here are some resources you can access:
The EdWeek/ISC Webinar slides: ISCed
How GCEs are tied to PearsonNEA1516 (*Note: NEA stands for ‘Non-examination assessments’)