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100, 500, and Still Counting

Celebrating my 100 anti CCSS/Fed Ed blog followers AND my 500th post! We’ve come quite a long way together. I pray our time together will continue to be fruitful. We seek not fame or fortune in what we do to fight the CCSS Machine. We ARE, however, leaving a legacy of patriotism, devotion to remaining free, and love for our people, regardless of educational choices. We do what we do to help each other, not to stand on each other’s shoulders. How absolutely refreshing it would be to see our leaders do the same.

Numbers..Everywhere!

There’s a double purpose to using numbers in this article. One of the best ways to get news out is social media. However, some sites are more oppressive than others. So, purpose #1 is to celebrate, purpose #2 is to hide the article in plain sight on social media.

I’m Not the Only One Spinning Numbers:

ICYMI: My latest article which was banned on Facebook revealed how numbers will be shifted to abuse teachers via ESSA and Title 2 Funds; how special needs and their IDEA funds via ESSA get squeezed; how numerous families across our nation will now be receiving “Family Engagement Ambassadors” aka U.S. Dept. of Ed Parent Nannies.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/28/bon-voyage-hello-grinders/

 

Then, there are the numbers CCSS Machine member/publisher McGraw-Hill are trying to spin in their most recent survey. I just found this one yesterday.

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Oh, I cannot stop chuckling over how stupid this company assumes us to be by a quiz like this!

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So, what questions does McGraw-Hill have? The brief introduction tells you they got together with top education research groups to create this. Can’t you just smell the CCSS Machine stench already? But wait, it gets deeper. Scroll down to the bottom of the main page and you’ll see it’s a survey to point to the 2016 elections!! I kid you not.

Q1) Proficiency in math question. (Source: the NAEP scores)
Q2)  About ELLs (English Language Learners) (Source: U.S. Dept. of Ed’s National Center for Educational Stats)
Q3)  U.S.’s world rank in reading. (Source: PISA)
Q4)  Low-income students percentage. (Source: Southern Education Foundation)
Q5)  Internet speed in schools. (Source: Education Superhighway) *Note: according to the explanation, 3/4 of the country NOW exceeds the FCC’s requirement.
Q6)   High school graduation numbers. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Ed)
Q7) Cost of remediation in colleges. (Source: Education Reform Now)
Q8) How long it takes to graduate college. (Source: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center)
Q9) Students who need financial aid. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Ed’s National Center for Educational Stats)
Q10) Unemployment for college graduates. (Source: NY Times)
Q11) Student loan defaults. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Ed)
Q12) Over your lifetime question. (Source: College Board) *Note: CB states that the BIGGEST pay increase happens at the Bachelor degree stage.

To take the survey: http://www.mheducation.com/ideas/how-much-you-know-us-education-quiz.html

Oh, and you’ll find it ironic that I ‘flunked’ this survey from the “how many did you get correct” viewpoint. Oh well, flunking a CCSS Member group survey is not something I will fret over. On the more serious side of this survey though, look at the questions agenda points, the sources cited, and what will be more than likely coming soon.

Remember, the ‘fine print’ points all this to the November 2016 elections. Helping drive the conversation? None other than McGraw-Hill’s CEO. Read his article, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/lets-talk-education-david-levin

If you would like more CCSS Machine numbers, McGraw-Hill ever-so-nicely embedded their Workforce Readiness 2016 Study in the CEO’s article..and think, just in time to influence our votes.

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Check out this bunch of numbers from the Study:

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I’ve got an idea, use this screen shot as proof that your State’s CTE (Career Tech Education), STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as CCSS (Common Core State Standards or by their ‘new’ name, CCR, College and Career Readiness) Tracks, Paths, etc. AREN’T WORKING!!

This Study also plays the ‘gender card’. That’s something you may wish to see. You may wish to see how McGraw-Hill’s plays into Pearson Publishing ‘gender intelligence’ CCSS Machine plan. If you didn’t know about Pearson Publishing ‘GI’, I’ve got your back.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/pearsons-gi-more-alignment-in-the-workplace/

To access the McGraw-Hill Workforce Readiness Study2016-student-workforce-readiness-survey-expanded-results

 

Need More Numbers?

10/17/16: US PIE (United States Parents Involved in Education) “Keep Your Child Home From School Day” to protest the U.S. Dept. of Ed on its 40th anniversary. See:
http://www.uspie.org/protest-fed-ed-.html

I have understood via social media that more groups besides US PIE are doing something ‘radical’ for Ed’s 40th anniversary.  As long as we Warriors Against the Core are rebelling against educational tyranny on that day (or for that matter, every day), I think the message will become even louder. If we could unite our events, beyond  our usual circles of influence, we could teach Congress what true teamwork CAN do! As always, know that I am all for speaking out, just be safe and respectful.

This number:

Congress, 9/29/16; call! Protest the move to remove American internet and give it total global access. Knowing how much ESSA is spending on digital, Internet, and all related parts, we NEED our privacy as in tact as we can to protect our children.

See my dear fellow Warriors (Gretchen Logue/Cheri Kiesecker) warning article!
http://missourieducationwatchdog.com/on-sept-30-2016-our-internet-will-be-transferred-unless-you-say-no/

 


Closing:

Warriors, I’ll have more news about numbers and legislation soon. In the meantime, fight, fight, with all your might!  I leave you with a short clip from a TV show in the 1960s called “The Prisoner”. The show was one my Daddy loved. I hated it. I was so young, it scared me.

While I don’t know the entire plot, I do know the main character was not free to be himself. He was assigned a number; his name no longer necessary. Of all the things we give our children, their names are their very first gift upon their birth. Their names are beautifully hand-picked, lovingly chosen, and carry on our family identities. Much like “The Prisoner”, our children are in danger of losing who they truly are.

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Home for Me!

Warriors Against the Core, recently I’ve seen the news about Dr. King’s remarks on home education. I’m not surprised. By now, he’s had plenty of time to read how much ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will harm it. I know I have!wormy

As Far as Dr. King’s Thoughts on Home Education….

First off, the news was publicized during his recent “Opportunity for All” Tour. I shared with you before he even left D.C. how this would be all encompassing as far as educational choices. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/08/kings-bandwagon-its-a-comin/

I’m not surprised at his arrogance. Why not? Because between the federal laws either all about education or those RELATED to education to the major groups in favor of King’s rule, home education has been a target the ENTIRE time. So when a major group supposedly protecting home schoolers across America feigns neutrality. That’s  a sell out, too.

Among King’s best backers is the NEA (National Education Association). NEA HATES homeschoolers! They have for years. NEA also was/is a huge supporter for the ESSA. It’s not hard to figure out that King’s ‘sudden’ concern about ‘Are the kids at home alright?’ Is hardly a move he’s making alone. It is, however, a huge warning.

To see the 2015 article where NEA blasted home education:
http://www.wnd.com/2015/06/authors-nea-attack-on-homeschoolers-outrageous/

 

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CCSS/CTE impacts ALL educational choices, don’t be fooled!

ESSA has EVERY student in its sights, it’s been proven repeatedly. Especially from my blog. The SOLE reason I even began to fight this War Against the Core was due to the (then) evidence that national standards with global attitudes wasn’t a rumor for home educators and their students. This was back in 2009. Since then, what I’ve found has filled more space in my house than my family really likes.

In fact one of my very first articles used the phrase “Reality Check” on purpose. It revealed what, at time, was considered ‘fear mongering’ evidence. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/09/04/common-core-after-high-school-reality-check/

From those very first articles until now, I have dedicated much time and research into ALL educational choices. However, home education represents our LAST true free education option. Evidence bears out that via WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), HEA (Higher Education Act), and ESSA, those options will be neutered. If your home education protection group says differently, they’ve not dug deep enough.
*Note: Where you find one of these 3 major federal education/workforce laws, you will find the others.

iNACOL/Home Ed and ESSA: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/21/inacol-comes-to-home-education/

ESSA in your home, literally:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/06/your-home-or-bust/

For the States considering home education as a ‘private school’/ESSA
:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/warriors-guide-to-essa-and-private-education/

What US Ed’s done for America/home education:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/17/wded/

ESSA/HEA/WIOA and assessments/home education:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/speeding-through-education-pts-12/

NEA/home ed/WIOA:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/31/quick-kill-the-education-romance/

The IES (Institute for Education Sciences), par of the U.S. Dept. of Ed and Your Home: 
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/weekend-news-the-ies-and-the-essa/

 

 


Kids Love Being Home!

Coming soon is the U.S. PIE (Parents Involved in Education) National “Keep Your Child Home from School Day”! To be held on October 17, 2016, to mark the anniversary of the Carter administration’s signing (illegally) into law, the current U.S. Dept. of Education.

You can access some information about the awareness day by visiting: http://www.uspie.org/protest-fed-ed-.html

So, to my fellow Warrior Dads who will pledge to participate in 10/17/16’s event:

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To my fellow Warrior Moms who will be participating:

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Closing:

“ED” turns 40 years old on October 17, 2016. Here are 40 words to describe our feelings as Educational Super Heroes and Warriors about ED. May it be a terrible ‘birthday’.

Hate, abhor, loathe, reject, spurn, revolt, decline, detest, despise, condemn;
Improper, dissatisfaction, inadmissible, unwelcome, atrocious, unworthy;
Dreadful, illegal, abusive, illegitimate, nefarious, foul, horrible, rotten;
Crooked, devious, villainous, unconstitutional, egregious, sub-par, agenda-driven;
Wrong, unauthorized, garbage, inferior, deficient, contemptible,  wretched, unsuitable, 
                                                 AND     unjustified!    

 

K.I.S.S. Congress

BREAKING NEWS!!!!
H5963 has advanced in the House! If you received my earlier version of this same post, you’ll see the Bill number was incorrect. I’ve addressed that. I’ve also found out that I misunderstood exactly where HR5587 is. It passed the entire House by a vote of 405-5! The flurry of activity?! The House of Representatives is on ‘fire’ for their “Better Way” agenda. Leading that charge? Paul Ryan! A huge sold-out leader!
Link to HR5587’s Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2016/roll503.xml
Link to H5963’s advancment: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401014

Warriors Against the Core, so far, 2016’s federal overreach into education has been written quickly, promoted widely, and is set to increase the choke-hold on freedom as we know it.

Yet, it appears the U.S. Congress could care less. Recently, I was a guest on the “Lori on Liberty” show, based out of CT. We discussed such nonchalance attitudes displayed from our leaders. We delved into all but H5963, you see below. If you would like the interview link (I’m part 1): https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/YtW2n
(*Note: the link expires 9/18/16. You can download it as a zip file.)

Why talk about these bills in D.C. which are in their ed/workforce committees? BECAUSE the bills SHOULDN’T be there AT all!!

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My point, Warriors?! EVERY one of the Bills you see above is toxic to America in HUGE ways! Warriors, we have the ‘writing on the wall’ before us. WHAT are we willing to do with it?


As you can see in the graphic above, each of the Bills has the most basic of toxic components listed. But, know this: each of one them you see above has more ties than a centipede wearing tennis shoes!

Here is a chart I prepared in August 2016 which gives you a side by side look at HR5587, S3271, S3190, and S3174. One for H5963 will need to be created, too.

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 (*Note: Only HR5587 has moved out of its Ed/Workforce Committee. See the press release: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=401008 )

A problem is the LEGISLATORS want short and sweet (or ‘to the point’) pictures; one-half to 3/4 of a page in information!
Which is a HUGE clue as to they are unwilling to conduct the due diligence which they swore to do.
They should be not only willing to read the ENTIRE lengthy ‘saga-like’ bills being churned out, they should be doing it. IT’s THEIR JOB we PAY them for! We (Warriors) know several citizens who are DOING Congress’ job for them!!

Why are our Congress members NOT jumping up and down, screaming with anger over the 100% illegal daily activities going on?! Why are our Congress members NOT staging protests or holding press conferences revealing the criminal (yes, seriously criminal) charges which should be being levied against each other (and quite possibly themselves)?! If a ‘regular’ American citizen conducted even a FRACTION of any of the illegal moves, they’d be under the jail!

No, Congress is too busy NOT listening! Too much money is stuffed in their ears! The press conferences they are holding are to congratulate, not only, each other but every one of the supportive/sold out CCSS Machine members who helped ‘craft’ the Bills!

WHEN CONGRESS DOES NOT TAKE ITS JOB (ITS ONE and ONLY JOB) SERIOUSLY, WHY SHOULD I TAKE THEM SERIOUSLY?

If they’re not serious, why are they even there?! Because they’ve over complicated EVERYTHING, even the law. If they’d take the CCSS Machine’s money out of their ears, divorce themselves from the curried favors of the lobbyists of the CCSS Machine (or any person connected to it), THEY’D KNOW, “We the People” are their REAL Bosses! They’d recognize it is OUR voice with which they are to vote/protest/protect. They’d truly understand WE are to be respected, not manged like ‘village idiots’.

As an example of the glee and glory with which the House of Representatives is using in celebrating the advancement of HR5587, they’ve proudly displayed the list of organizations who are in 100% support of the Bill. It’s a ‘no brainer’ to see how many of them are CCSS Machine member organizations. Which means, Warriors, our same old foes are pumping out propaganda left and right.

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Since they are most of the same CCSS Machine members/tactics, we should be easily able to defeat them!

If you wish to access the “Letters of Support” our Reps are so proud of:
http://edworkforce.house.gov/letters-of-support-for-h-r-5587/

Don’t you wish they were as proud of our nation as they are of their criminal partnerships?

Warriors, if you’d like to help rein in Congress, or know someone who does, share this.
As has been said before, it’s up to “We the People”, we cannot trust or rely on those who have been elected and have jumped on the CCSS Machine.

Women on the Wall and U.S. Parents Involved in Education are two such groups. I’m honored and proud to be a part of both. A dedicated Warrior has taken it upon herself to create a new Facebook page (honoring my work looking into these Congressional bills) where you can help rein in Congress.
https://www.facebook.com/CommonCoreDiva.CallToAction1/

I CANNOT do this ALONE nor SHOULD you! One of us is easily marginalized. Many of us might be discounted, but a lot of us, will get their attention. We MUST be LOUDER than ever! We MUST not be polite..it’s a fight, not a Sunday dinner. We MUST protest in their backyard (which we pay for them to use). We MUST be truthful, our nation has suffered enough with the lies.

Please, help me, help you by listening out, watching out where these (or any other related legislation) Bills are concerned. We MUST be pro-active, not reactive. Help our nation and our students by taking whatever strikes your heart the most when you read the articles below and create screen shots, charts,  memes, or whatever will help get this life-saving message of our out there!

Closing:

HR5587/S3271: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/congress-loves-cte/
S3190https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/ctes-health-country/
S3174https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/americas-obsession/
H5963https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/the-chain-gang-cometh/
(*Note: as of the publication of “Chain Gang” I didn’t know the Bill number, it has since been released.)

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S.O.S Assessments, Pt. 2

A couple of days ago, Warriors, I shared some news about the ESSA assessments.
Today’s article will give you some of the information and research you need to know in order to understand the name game that the CCSS Machine is playing with us.

A Hidden “Gem”:

Where we left off:  U.S. PIE and their team’s worthy efforts of exposing the deceptions surrounding the innovative moves in the works for testing our students.

Among some of the evidence revealed by that team of volunteer parents for U.S. PIE, was the use of the word ‘modular’ in the language describing the ‘innovations’ ESSA’s assessments are bringing us.
From page 6 of the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s Assessment document proposing all the assessment changes (http://www2.ed.gov/policy/elsec/leg/essa/nprmassessementfedreg1b.pdf)

“We also note that, under part A of title I of the ESEA, as amended by the ESSA, States have the flexibility to use computer-adaptive statewide assessments, to administer a single summative statewide assessment, or to offer multiple statewide interim assessments during the course of the academic year that result in a single summative score and provides valid, reliable, and transparent information on student achievement (e.g., modular assessments).”
I urge you, if you haven’t seen this document, to read it. While the excerpt sounds like States will have some choices, they won’t.

Here are some synonyms for ‘modular’, see if you recognize any of them from CCSS Machine propaganda.

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2010, An International Paper by ‘Educrats’:

Here’s a screen shot of the 7 page paper, notice the word ‘flexible’ in context with assessments. Notice the international influences for education.

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So why did I use the word ‘educrat’ to describe the authors?

Prof. AL-Smadi is a “Google Scholar”. As we know, Google’s a huge CCSS Machine member organization.Visit his “Google Scholar” page and you’ll see tons of works/studies on assessments for students. (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=im_3CvwAAAAJ) Now, simply being a “Google Scholar” doesn’t make this professor an educrat. No, in my research, when folks willingly and knowingly work for or promote any part of the CCSS Machine, that qualifies them.

So, what else has Prof. AL_Smadi participated in? “Learning Layers”, a global career-clusters-like project. ‘Career Clusters’, by the way are a part of the CCSS Machine for students of all ages. It’s also a “7th Framework Programme”. What is blue blazes is THAT?!
“7th Framework Programme” was a part of the European Commission. CORDIS is where old “7th Framework Programme” projects are archived. (See: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/)

So, what’s the big deal? The Learning Layers project the Professor worked with is responsible for the “Learning Toolbox”. What’s the “Learning Toolbox”? A work-based education tool. See the “Learning Layers” blog: http://learning-layers.eu/news/

Now, Warriors, try an internet search on your own for ‘learning toolboxes’. See my example below,

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Then, try a search for ‘digital learning toolboxes’. You’ll be sadly amazed.

What about the other professors? Prof. Guelt is also a cited Google Scholar. He, too, is deep into ‘adaptive’ assessments. See his Google Scholar page:
https://scholar.google.at/citations?user=NoAiKpcAAAAJ&hl=en
Prof. Guelt is also involved in Global Education/Learning, especially for engineering. See his website: http://www.iicm.tugraz.at/guetl

The last professor, Prof. Kannan, is a Google Scholar, too! His Google Scholar page:
https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=1nkvdhMAAAAJ&hl=en
His expertise is in data mining and human-to-computer-interaction. See:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rajkumar_Kannan3

The 7 page paper these 3 Scholars wrote discussed why 21st Century assessments via computer (e-assessing) was (is) such a promising field.

If you noticed in the screen shot of their work, ‘modular assessments’ was used. If you read the rest of the paper, you’ll see the separate domains of effectiveness, the alignment of the education and/or assessment standards to be used in these electronic tests, and MORE. http://www.ijcaonline.org/journal/number9/pxc387342.pdf

 

**If you still unsure how ‘modular assessing’ works, this simple definition for modular assessing, “A modular course is defined as a part of the main course that can stand alone. The topics are related and when combined with all other parts, become the entire course. Modular courses may not exist without the main course. Some modules may be self-paced. Classes may be offered as faculty lectures, on Web, using CDs, on campus, off campus, or a combination of all of the above with an exam at the end of each module. Modular courses run full term; modules may or may not run full term.”
I found this on the Oregon State University website,
http://newdesigns.oregonstate.edu/admin/aa/apaa/modular-courses

**Remember, ESSA’s language mandates that all education, including assessments, must be streamlined to post-secondary readiness; that standards be aligned to what higher ed uses, SO by using ‘modular assessments’, it is easier to force alignment in testing/teaching.

 


A Stop in Cambridge:

From a report that appears to be from 2011,

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Why pay attention to Cambridge’s findings?! Consider the global shift in education. Wherever education is, assessments will also be! Consider the American demise of shifting from one type of harmful assessing to another type.

What is interesting is that Cambridge found different students need different assessments. To see the 2005 Cambridge study of the Effects of Modularized Assessing:
http://www.cambridgeassessment.org.uk/Images/122773-effects-of-modularisation.pdf

So, how does ESSA propose to improve testing?!  “Innovative assessments”. The ‘innovation’, however, is MORE e-assessing, MORE data mining. How? Modular testing systems!

 

Warriors, if you aren’t sure how the international information ties into ESSA, see below:

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Remember, those experts above have been working non-stop (so have scores of other CCSS Machine members) to make sure those modular assessments fit the requirements. Shamefully, Congress, the CCSS Machine, and others made sure this shift was embedded in ESSA.

Heading to New York:

By this time, I was gasping at all that was unfolding before my eyes. But, there’s more…. somehow in searching, this kept popping up: EngageNY. What you see below is a small sample of modular assessing.

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If you would like to see the entire one page document for more modular/digital mess:
https://www.engageny.org/resource/driven-by-data-data-driven-implementation-rubric/file/196
According to EngageNY, the source for the rubric is “Paul Bambrick-Santoyo’s Driven By Data: A Practical Guide to Improve Instruction”.
This link will show you how many assessments schedules and resources are already in place for the modular/digital ‘innovative upgrades’:
https://www.engageny.org/resource/data-driven-instruction-sample-assessments-and-resources
**Consider this, while the schedules already in place are dated, they will only increase via ESSA, NOT decrease. You can be sure that Paul Bambrick-Santoyo and many others like him have already been tagged by the CCSS Machine to help with the innovative/modular assessing ESSA will deliver.

Who the heck is Bambrick-Santoyo anyway?! He’s with “UnCommon Schools”. But, that’s not all:

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To see the Uncommon Schools website: http://www.uncommonschools.org/
To see the Relay/Leverage partners: http://www.relay.edu/about/partners

If you’d like to see Bambrick-Santoyo’s work for data mining, etc. I found his research at the University of IL. Just wait until you see the collection of research for digital assessments UofIL has.
See: http://education.illinoisstate.edu/search/?site=isu_collection&client=default_frontend&clientID=COE&as_sitesearch=education.illinoisstate.edu&output=xml_no_dtd&filter=p&oe=UTF8&q=data%20improve

While Bambrick-Santoyo didn’t contribute to this ESSA paper, you need to get this one. It is detailing the focus ESSA will put on school leaders, especially principals. Be sure to read it all, including the footnotes.
http://education.illinoisstate.edu/downloads/csep/policypapers/ESSA%20White%20Pape.pdf

Related information:
The CA CORE Districts data driven assessment/modular information (circa 2013):
http://coredistricts.org/our-work/standards-and-data-assessments/
If you want to see how they are stepping in line with ESSA:
http://coredistricts.org/category/news-room/in-the-news/

The latest on modular/digital assessing and ESSA from Learning Forward:
https://learningforward.org/docs/default-source/pdf/leveraging-essa-for-effective-pl-systems.pdf?sfvrsn=2

How classroom data could be used against those assessed:
https://www.mathematica-mpr.com/commentary/to-do-essa-accountability-right-focus-on-classrooms-not-just-schools

From Data Quality Campaign (a huge CCSS Machine member organization), their ‘feel good’ data mining video:

Closing:

If you haven’t contacted the U.S. Congress yet, please do! ESSA’s innovation is the ruin of our nation. Join the U.S. PIE’s Twitter Rally set for 9/12/16, from 7 pm to 9pm. Here’s the link: http://patriotjournalist.com/RTTT2Action.php?v=0&src=Schedule

Bonus: you can tweet anytime! Each tweet goes to the Congress by Chambers AND by ed/workforce committees!

 

Saluting all You “Hortons”

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, thanks for your recent participation in the #ReinInTheKing Twitter Rally and your public comments against the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) Proposed Regulations. Our thanks also needs to be directed to the US PIE (United States Parents Involved in Education) for their gracious efforts in putting on the Rally with PJNET.

From the first time we learned about these overreaching pieces of the ESSA’s voluminous pages. We have  exposed it!
Groups which may not always see eye to eye on everything, joined together to protest these Regulations. Every time a voice was added, we were living out the fictional story by Dr.Seuss. His book “Horton Hears a Who” is a great example of teamwork AND consistently applied belief. The story shows just how important EVERY voice is when the cause is great.

Warriors, we we’ve been groomed for such a time as this.

What’s Next?

The U.S. Dept. of Ed is up to its usual ‘quasi-transparent activities’ related to the ESSA, for starters. What do I mean? Well, Dr. John King is busy conducting in-person and on-line ‘feel good’ sessions about ESSA. (Why the ‘quasi-transparent’ opinion? Think back to how many times we have seen the CCSS Machine open items for comments, do little to ‘advertise’ they need feedback, receive very little, then claim the people have spoken for use in furthering their agenda?!)

We’ve no idea how the U.S. Dept. of Ed will respond nationally to all the comments made concerning the Proposed Regulations, so we will need to keep an eye on them. I do know the person in charge of collecting all the comments posted this about the comments,
” Note: Agencies review all submissions, however some agencies may choose to redact, or withhold, certain submissions (or portions thereof) such as those containing private or proprietary information, inappropriate language, or duplicate/near duplicate examples of a mass-mail campaign.”
No matter if the U.S. Dept. of Ed responses or not, our dissent is on record. It is documented! Even if some opposing statements were withheld, the TRUTH will live on and shine through when it is needed most. Remember, with elections coming up, truths we have about the educational reform overreaches will help tremendously.

So what can we do? Listen, watch, report what you see and/or hear. Provide consistent facts with what we know and what is going on. As always, getting the word out to our network of Warriors, is also something we can do. We must employ the “Horton” tactics again and again. Remember, this is a WAR for our nation’s educational system; our teachers, students, and families; our freedoms.

Is There More I Can Speak Out About?

Absolutely! Remember, the Proposed Regulations covered all kinds of ESSA strings. Teacher pay, state funding, student measurements (assessments), and more. The Proposed Regulations are not the only ESSA topic to publicly comment on. So, again, we have a “Horton”-like opportunity to speak out. Why bother?

Our consistent and practiced Warrior mindset: Protecting our families from federal education overreaches. Our belief that America is STILL the ‘land of the free’, while we are being brave. Our actions of self-sacrifice for not only our children, but each of our friends, neighbors, and yes, even those who oppose us. Lastly, our  promise to each other that we ‘stand in the gap’ no matter what it takes.

The U.S. Dept. of Ed has the following  ESSA related item open for public comments:
Due 8/29/16, the comments related to Title 2 Funding (involves the LEAs (Local Education Agencies), the SEAs (State Education Agencies), school leaders, and teachers). To comment (as of this writing, only 1 comment is displayed):
https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=ED-2016-ICCD-0059-0004 (*Note: this exact notice is posted three times.)

If you do not know how negatively Title 2 funding will be with ESSA as law, please refer to my previously published researched articles:
a) about ESSA and Teacher Payhttps://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/essa-and-teacher-pay/
b) other CCSS Machine member organizations with their fingers in the Title Two funding purse: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/essa-aligners/
c) how the 2017 Fed Ed Budget will treat Teachers/Leaders:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/fed-ed-budget-for-teachersleaders/
d) how the Digital funding in ESSA will encompass teachers; state budgets, etc.
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/04/essa-and-digital-overload/

From the NASSP (National Association of Secondary School Principals), a CCSS Machine member organization, here is their summary of Title Two under ESSA,

“Title II – Preparing, Training and Recruiting Teachers, Principals or Other School Leaders. Part A – State Grants; Part B contains all national activities and is split into four subparts funded through reservations: Subpart 1 – Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program (2017-2019- 49.1%, 2020-47%) Subpart 2–Literacy Education for All, Results for the Nation (2017-2019-34.1%, 2020-36.8%) Subpart 3–American History and Civics Education (2017-2020-1.4%), Subpart 4–Programs of National Significance (2017-2019-15.4%, 2020-14.8%): Supporting Effective Educator Development (not less than 74% of the subpart 4 allocation), School Leader Recruitment and Support (not less than 22% of the subpart 4 allocation), Technical assistance (not less than 2% of the subpart 4 allocation), and STEM Master Teacher Corps (not more than 2% of the subpart 4 allocation)”

Why I am highlighting the NASSP’s view? I covered their take on the Title One funding in the recent past and shared with you how they are gunning for the premium position of being the information leader when it comes to breaking down ESSA. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/principled-leadership-in-the-essa-era/

**Action steps: review the truths, weigh against the fallacies;  submit your comments! Remember, the States are already active in each of the areas above. So be sure to find out on a State level what is happening.

As an state-level example, here is what NC will roll out during its Aug. 3rd and 4th State Board meeting for ESSA public comments due 9/30/16:  https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=10399&AID=60610&MID=2628

To see the entire NC ESSA Update which will also be rolled out about the same time:
NCESSAupdate

 

If you would like to see all the other U.S. Dept. of Ed items open for public comments:
https://www.regulations.gov/searchResults?rpp=25&so=DESC&sb=postedDate&po=0&dct=N%2BFR%2BPR&cs=90&a=ED
(*Note: anywhere you see ‘information collection’ that is another term for ‘data mining’.)

 

Closing:

Warriors, you know me well. You know I will continue to dig into these ESSA items and deliver (and/or) help to deliver truthful, anti ESSA news. I look forward to, and value, the “Horton”-like teamwork exposing more information will accomplish.

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Timing is Everything

Warriors Against the Core; Warriors Against Fed-led Education; Concerned Citizens of America, and all others:

Below, please find these time sensitive resources for you to use to fight ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) and its continuation of Common Core, College and Career Readiness, Career Tech Education, and STEM.

Due 8/1: All public comments on the Proposed ESSA Regulations.
To learn why the Proposed Regulations should be protested:
This researched guide from the United States Parents Involved in Education (US PIE):
http://nebula.wsimg.com/c3dbda7825b179bb2ad5358ef3acc6a4?AccessKeyId=13C8A0E7EBB1F1E5E658&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

From the hidden truths of the Proposed ESSA Regulations, US PIE found 5 general areas of concern:
a) Dr. King’s (Sec. of Ed) powers increased
b) State Plans and mandates proving less State Control
c) Mandates for States which taxpayers will fund
d) Data mining (will encompass entire communities)
e) Student measuring (assessments)

To submit all comments on the Proposed Regulations:
https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=ED-2016-OESE-0032-0001

My recent interview (7/28) with PJNET for the Bears and Lord Network (We discuss in about 12 minutes why the Proposed Regulations should be objected to):

 

Recorded 7/29, the Bears and Lord Network’s Back to School Special for Parents nationwide. Speakers included Dr. Karen Effrem, Dr. Peg Luksik, Donna Garner, and many others (myself included). To access the Special:

http://livestream.com/accounts/16731436/events/5833741

Lastly, if you would like to send Tweets to the U.S. Dept. of Ed geared to voice dissent publicly, use the PJNET #ReinInTheKing Action Page.
http://patriotjournalist.com/ReinInTheKingAction.php?v=0&src=Schedule
There is NO time to loose!

Success is Costly

Warriors, what price do you think the CCSS Machine has put on our nation? It has to be an astronomical amount. I mean to continue to bend over backwards to ensure ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) carries on the mission of the CCSS Machine, no expense is too little. No lie is too small. The agenda is globally encompassing.

Last evening, the US PIE (United States Parents Involved in Education), joined anti CCSS Warrior forces with PJNET (Patriot Journalists Network) and spread (via Twitter) the clear, concise, and TRUTHFUL messages about ESSA, specifically about the current Proposed Regulations and the vast amount of power Sec. Dr. King will use…at our expense.

Was the social media protest from last night successful? Yes! Volunteers from all over created special images depicting our dissent, distrust, and anger over ESSA, Sec. Dr. King, and the Proposed Regulations. The evening was SO successful that Warriors are STILL re-tweeting these truths! Why? Because each one of the protest tweets goes directly to the U.S. Dept. of Education! What is the cost of this success? Hours upon hours were poured into the Rally. That’s the great thing about grass-roots groups, their passions are deep, their dedication to truth is priceless. For all the big bucks the CCSS Machine is spending, it can’t match our Warrior spirits!

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For number crunchers, just over 5, 700 tweets of protest were delivered to the U.S. Dept. of Ed on Monday evening. Today, there are about 940 protest tweets being sent.

We can do more! We need to flood the U.S. Dept. of Ed with truth!

We have from now until 8/1/16 to publicly dissent. The Twitter Action page put together by PJNET is still up and running. So use it, if you can. You can also create your own messages to send to the US Dept. of Ed. The tweets and images PJNET is using are the ones the volunteers in (or associated) with US PIE created just for this event.
Link: http://patriotjournalist.com/ReinInTheKingAction.php?v=0&src=Schedule

IF you don’t use Twitter, use other social media to help spread a message of public outcry over these Regulations. The U.S. Dept. of Ed also has a link to the Federal Registry for public outcries to be sent to. The Federal Registry is a great body of evidence and testimony we should use (it is free) for our cause of ending the reign of educational abuse at the hands of the Feds in America!

When you visit the Federal Registry, note some of the other comments submitted. Especially the ‘canned ones’ by some of the pro ESSA/CCSS groups (especially the NEA).
To access the Comment Page: https://www.regulations.gov/comment?D=ED-2016-OESE-0032-0001
To read the comments: https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=ED-2016-OESE-0032

I would suggest you skip the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s view of the Proposed Regulations. You know they will wax eloquent (and confusing) about just what these implementation rules for ESSA do. The Regulations span 192 pages.

If you haven’t seen the Talking Points Against the ESSA Proposed Regulations, US PIE has put together: http://nebula.wsimg.com/c3dbda7825b179bb2ad5358ef3acc6a4?AccessKeyId=13C8A0E7EBB1F1E5E658&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

It will cost you little to read these AND then make your comments public in the ways you think will be the MOST effective. (As for myself, I am using any social media I have access to and the Federal Registry.)

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It is important to note that Congress is on recess. As such, contacting them with your comments (which we should do) may not receive much feedback. However, what we need to point out is something Dr. Sandra Stotsky and I have in common. We have discussed it in a private email exchange.

Who (or what group) wrote the Proposed Regulations? Why does it matter? If the U.S. Dept. of Ed DIDN’T write them, they cannot and should not be used. They are illegal!

This, my Warriors, IS a matter your Congress members should address. To be the most effective with this, I truly believe we need to wait until Congress is back in session. An inquiry, at the very least, should be conducted. Does that mean we shouldn’t have conversations about this matter between now and then? Absolutely not! We should be prudent in our planning, if this is an avenue we Warriors need to take.

To see Dr. Stotsky’s article about the authorship mystery:
http://newbostonpost.com/blogs/can-parents-combat-the-medias-tolerance-of-institutional-manipulation/

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Success does include financial costs. If you would like to give a small (or large) donation to either the U.S. PIE group or the PJNET for their hard work, as a ‘thank you’ for the Rally, please do. Both grass-roots organizations receive no funds which are tied to the CCSS Machine. As such, every bit helps our anti CCSS cause tremendously.  

PJNET’s funding link: http://patriotjournalist.com/RallyFunding.php
US PIE’s funding link: http://www.uspie.org/home.html (look for the ‘donate’ button on the top right corner to be linked to PayPal)

Closing:

As for myself, no cost is too much when it comes to fighting for this nation, its freedom, our citizens, and most especially, our children. Thank you for being of a like mind, anti CCSS Warriors. Together, we are unstoppable!

Up to Speed

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Now, more than ever!

Greetings, Anti  CCSS Warriors! Anti Fed Led Ed Warriors! As we saw and heard yesterday, we have much work to do. While the CCSS Machine continues its course on grinding down our nation, we know the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) will indeed play a massive part in the process. We know that the upcoming re-authorization of the HEA (Higher Education Act) will also play an equally massive part.

While the U.S. Senate listened to the citizens (or didn’t listen), our first action is to ensure their return to the Senate after the November 2016 races DOES NOT happen. Why? Look at those who voted to usher Dr. King in as the next Secretary of Education. Most are career politicians! If they aren’t career members, they are folks who have sold out to the Status Quo for education. Let us join together to make sure their Status Quo stance is no longer acceptable! To see just who voted for Dr. King, who didn’t, and who skipped the opportunity to vote, see:  https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cdi1wmJVIAAcr8V.jpg
A bit hat tip to Michelle Malkin for this.

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A huge thanks to every Warrior who voiced their dissent publicly via the #StopJohnKing Action Page. We have a big hat tip for the U.S. PIE (United States Parents Involved in Education) and the PJNET (Patriot Journalists Network). Both these groups joined forces to create the campaign. Thousands of messages were sent to the U.S. Senate! We were successful in this campaign on several levels. 1) We influenced 6 members of the U.S. HELP Committee to change their first vote of confidence for Dr. King to a ‘no’ vote at the second meeting. 2) Several Senators have voiced big concerns and think Dr. King is the wrong man for job. This means they are listening! 3) Public records will now reflect our voices and will be superior evidence. When Senators seek our votes, we can use our evidence to hold them accountable!!

A big thanks, to you my blog followers for being patient with me as I put aside the blog long enough to help lead the #StopJohnKing efforts. Trust me, as big, deep, and wide as the CCSS Machine is, there will still be plenty to research and write about.

In the meantime, I am embedding the last two articles I wrote before the Twitter campaign. They were ‘hot’ enough to get me blocked on Facebook both days. The articles will discuss the movements of the CCSS Machine in aligned education in ways you wouldn’t think matter.
The Pearson article: Gender Intelligence and Career Tech Education, CCSS alignment.
It is a 2-in-1 article.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/07/pearsons-gi-more-alignment-in-the-workplace/
Then, the connections between voting for education bonds in your state (using NC as the example) and the CCSS Machine. It includes a video presentation which is great on information and definitely not a slick production. My goal was to get it out there before the NC Primary (3/15/16), but as important as voting is, we need to know what our local governments are trying to pass over us as if we couldn’t see the connections.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/update-ccss-cte-stem-and-connect-nc-bond/

Thank you for your continued trust in my research. Thank you for your teamwork.eddesserts