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So, Now What?!

Greetings for a Wonderful 2017, Anti Fed Ed Warriors! I truly hope your family times together were great; mine were. However, we’ve got work to do!

The War Vs the Core pauses for no one. While it’s very well known (by now) that the U.S. Senate will begin hearings on confirming Betsy DeVos as the next U.S. Secretary of Ed, we need to see WHAT else is happening that’s NOT so well known surrounding the CCSS Machine’s continued takeover of American education.

Okay, 2017’s Here:

Warriors, with the new calendar year, we need to look for ANY change in dates related to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), especially any tied to funding. Why? The Fiscal Year 2017 has already begun, so all those dollars and cents earmarked for anything in ESSA or those laws related to it, has already been set in motion.

The change of any dates, however, will be of concern for us, as legislation is updated OR created to align each State to the funded mandates in ESSA. Look below to see the North Carolina ESSA Timeline, as an example of what to look for in your State:


Obviously, the 6 month span between January and June will have lots of activities. Supposedly, all types of ‘stakeholder’ input is to embedded in the ESSA NC State Plan. But, is it really?! From what I’ve been able to research, stakeholder input will be neutered, while ‘accountability’ is expanded to overreach into more assessments, more proficiency measures, and so much more.

The crux? As long as it’s tied to federal funds, education will NOT be a State Sovereign recognized entity.

But, Warriors, that’s not all we need to look out for….



So, Now What?!

From the NC ESSA 2017 document I was able to access, you will also be able to find other ‘red flags’.

Such as all State Accountability regulations (as laid out by the U.S. Dept. of Ed) were received in 11/16. All State Assessments regulations (as laid out by the U.S. Dept. of Ed) were received in 12/16, almost exactly on the 1 year anniversary of ESSA’s becoming a law.

Yet, if we are to believe the screen shot above, we, as part of the ‘stakeholders’ still can provide feedback on HOW our States implement any education plans.



To access the NC ESSA 2017 document:


Is There Anything Else?!

Since NC has ‘spilled’ the beans on some key ESSA ‘evidence’ we can all use, I can point you to some more areas.

1) The digital competency based education mandates are huge in ESSA. NC’s been working hard (just like all the other States) to make sure every child has no excuse as to why they are not digitally connected in the name of education’s sake. (*Note: I’m including the general search tab for my blog on every article where I’ve exposed these. We MUST review this type of information in order to properly combat the CCSS Machine. See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/?s=ESSA+digital )

For example, here in NC, there’s a “School Connectivity Initiative”. Our State Board of Education has been leading this effort to help lead the State to not only digital overload, but MORE competency based education which aligns to not only Common Core, but it’s ‘new’ name:
College and Career Readiness.  Below is a screen shot of the meeting notes on the School Connectivity Initiative. The added emphasis is mine:


If you wish to see the School Connectivity Report and learn from NC how your State will be impacted by E-rate legislation (which unites WIOA, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), HEA (Higher Education Act), and ESSA via the digital data mining and data sharing, for example), see: https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=10399&AID=79491&MID=2933

Thanks to a 2016 Resolution State Board of Education members, they pledged NC to MORE Career Tech Education (which is another name for “Common Core”). This played right into the then, Gov. McCrory’s plan to have a more educated workforce streamline. The Resolution also upheld the digital conversion across the State as well.
I’ve not heard from our new Governor (Gov. Cooper) yet about such an agenda, but I’m also certain, NC is in for a Common Core/Career Tech Ed/College and Career Readiness 2.0.

2) Dept. of Health and Human Services overreaches in ESSA are also a big concern for us in 2017. While I’ve shown you the federal level mandates, what about what lurks in your State level departments?
For example, here in NC, I found the words ‘a school operated by the Department of Health and Human Services’  in NC Senate Bill 873 (a bill to reduce tuition costs). Dig a bit deeper, and you’ll find that in 2016, NC spent quite a chunk of taxpayer money when it came to education and/or related activities. (See: http://www.northcarolinahealthnews.org/2016-health-human-services-budgets-compared/)

2a) The TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) can be tied back to the CCSS Machine on both the State and federal levels. (To see the entire Bill:
; page 4, near the bottom is where you’ll find what I did.)

2b) NC FAST (North Carolina Families Accessing Services through Technology) is a Dept. of Health/Human Services State level program full of areas of concern in the data tracking and mining of children. (Home page: http://ncchildcare.nc.gov/general/mb_aboutus.asp; look to the left hand menu to find NC FAST and other programs.)

Why should we be concerned? While one fact sheet states children will not be ‘coded’ for Smart Start programs (also tied to the CCSS Machine at the federal level), the combination of federal-to-state-level funding is a big red flag. See: http://ncchildcare.nc.gov/PDF_forms/NCFAST_P3_Fact_Sheet_Issue11.pdf
*Note: NC FAST works with the NC State level Department of Information Technology.

3) Does the NC Dept. of IT tie back to the CCSS Machine and/or its grasp on education reform?
I  believe it has to. Why? You cannot have data tracking or data mining without IT. You cannot have, or meet the ESSA digital infrastructure mandates without IT. Here in NC, the State Chief Information Officer is APPOINTED by the Governor. When you have a Governor sold out to the CCSS Machine, it’s easy to make the connections. Remember, the CCSS Machine’s goal in education reform is a streamlined, workforce society.

Look below and see how NC has set itself up for a total data mining makeover!


(*Note: In 2015, I revealed to you how NC was coding and tracking each and every student for the CCSS Machine’s Workforce based education system. ESSA will only increase this activity, not reduce it! https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/08/27/ccss-follow-up-system-more-than-money-will-follow-your-students/ )

To access the NC 2015-2017 Statewide IT Planstate-it-plan-2015-17


Warriors, we’ve got much more to look out for in the scope of the CCSS Machine’s grasp on our nation. Remember, while all the media is poised on Capitol Hill, what happens in our own backyards is bearing out the truth behind all this reform: It’s coming from all angles and isn’t slowing down. While the media swears we’ve ended Common Core, we can see it’s as alive and poisonous as ever.You may not live in NC, but, as you know, all our States are being set up for a tremendous fall. Let’s work together to use this type of evidence to expose where it is where you live.

The Delusion Games

Anti CCSS Warriors and those Against the CCSS Machine, have you seen the delusions of grandeur being manufactured at almost break neck speed lately?!

Between the stacked deck of pro CCSS folks being tagged for leadership and the main stream media cranking out plenty of false positives about education, it’s enough to make our heads spin.

For example, recently Tom VanderArk’s “Getting Smart” website shared a guest written article about personalized learning in the classroom. Now, if you’ve heard of Mr. VanderArk, you know he is a master deceiver when it comes to a quality education. He’s absolutely, 100% sold out to the CCSS Machine’s reform. Part of the reoccurring message he (and others like him) shares is how fantastic ‘personalized’ learning is.

What these deceivers don’t count on is that we, the Warriors, are onto their delusions. “Personalized” learning in the “Era of ESSA” is code for ‘competency based education designed to NOT teach, but to CONFORM’.

“Personalized” learning is also code for digitally based data mining. “Personalized” learning is also being used to create false positive results when it comes to assessing how much our students are learning. Put another way, the digital based ‘personalization’ constantly grades on a steep curve.

In this context, the CCSS Machine banks on the fact that the general population HEARS ‘personalized’ as ‘custom’. It banks on the fact that when we hear ‘custom’, we PERCEIVE it as ‘exclusive’.

As a society, we are taught that ‘exclusive’ is special, is to be sought after. That somehow ‘exclusive’ means BETTER than everything else.

We are taught that by having something ‘exclusively’ means we have something NO ONE else can have.

Warriors, ‘personalized learning’ via ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is a masterful delusion of epic proportions. ESSA also has a tremendous amount of Competency Based teaching/learning. ‘Personalizing’ it mocks true teaching/learning.

EVERY student will have the same type of education, there is NO true “personalization”! Only illusions.

As long as education is funneled through competency based Common Core/Career Tech Education/College and Career Readiness and all that goes with it, the delusions live on.


The Article:

“Getting Smart” featured  a letter to the President-elect/new administration written by a KnowledgeWorks staff member, Lillian Pace. Warriors, KnowledgeWorks is another 100% sold out to the CCSS Machine member organization. I’ve researched them in the past and have shared with you how deeply their allegiance to the education reform runs. This group is not after our students aligning, it is after our ENTIRE communities being aligned to conformity based education, life, and everything connecting the two. Below is a screen shot from one of my 2014 articles. This was the first one I wrote about KnowledgeWorks (KW).


To access the entire article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/fom-friday-knowledgeworks-or-knowledge-quirks/

A big selling point for ‘personalized’ learning is digital badging, or coding. To see how KnowledgeWorks has been involved in this:

So, What Did Ms. Pace Direct To Mr. Trump’s Attention?

The link to “Getting Smart”, where her article is featured:

The link to the 5 page document KnowledgeWorks has created for the President-elect and his administration:

The Deluded Sales Pitch Points:
a) leverage the vast amount of innovation occurring across the country to help States and school districts build an education system that provides all learners with access to a personalized education that enables them to master the knowledge and skills critical to success in college and career
How did KW propose the President-elect and his staff accomplish this?! MORE incentives! As if Race to the Top’s incentives didn’t teach our nation about how badly the carrots-on-a-stick delusion worked.

b) Post-secondary Transition Innovation Funds where the money would be “administered jointly by all Department offices with a stake in K–12 and post-secondary policy

c) Create a Pathway Program for employment.While WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) already ‘gave’ us ‘personalized learning for employment’ (Career Tech Education, Career Pathways, Career Tracks, Career Clusters, American Apprenticeships, etc.), this NEW  Pathway “would have the “federal government and the employer would equally share the cost of tuition; however, the federal government would reimburse the employer if it employs an individual for two years after obtaining a credential.”

d) Increase dual enrollment and early college high schools. Warriors, each of these are already ‘personalized’ to not only WIOA, but  to CCSS, CTE, and will increase via ESSA! We do not need MORE of what has already been passed into law. The same can be said for Points A, B, and C!


If you’d like to see the slick CBE (Competency Based Education) ‘personalized’ learning sales pitch KnowledgeWorks has produced to help our nation see how valuable it is.Listen for the key educratic buzzwords, as well, Warriors. Especially ‘every child succeeds’.:

If you’d like to see how KnowledgeWorks is ready to help every school, every teacher, and every student transition to CBEhttp://www.knowledgeworks.org/schools/cbe

Proclaiming “Superb”, Not S.O.S.

Warriors Against the Core, forgive me, but I must speak up. We’ve been together for quite awhile. Day in and day out, we’ve continued to fight for saving our students, teachers, and nation from the egregious CCSS Machine.

We’ve survived federal legislation hearings, social media blitzes, local and state level witnessing opportunities, and the heart sinking moments when those almighty Congressional votes didn’t go as We the People wanted them to go (references: ESSA’s passage and Dr. King’s confirmation). Yet, for the most part we’ve stuck together. Win or lose, we have had each other’s backs.

Since the election, we’ve seen our nation divide between ‘lovers and haters’; between ‘champs and chumps’. However, when the Trump Transition Team announced a short list for the U.S. Dept. of Ed Secretary, it appears a division is among us, as Warriors.

My fellow Moms and Dads; Patriots and Citizens. THIS IS EXACTLY HOW THE CCSS MACHINE will advance their agenda!

While the entire Anti CCSS and Fed Ed Warrior group is nation-wide, there’s no way each and every one of us will agree on just who should have the education reins of this nation.

Depending on where we are in our knowledge of all things Common Core, we may each feel there’s a specific person who would be the best for the job of overseeing the Ed.

However, before I go on, please remember, Ed oversees early learning (birth to PreK), K-12, and Colleges, Universities, and Career Tech Education schools. Thanks to ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act), WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act), HEA (Higher Education Act), and all the connecting laws, the CCSS Machine has almost completely aligned our nation to a CBE (competency based education).

If we are SO opposed to federally led education, why would we, as the MOST knowledgeable on this illegally based education reform even be satisfied with the Transition Team’s choices? Have we become so resigned that we are willing to take one more elected official at face value?

Why are we not doing all we can to suggest names of those truly on our side in this War?

Are we willing to rubber stamp other establishment choices?

If we truly peel back the layers behind all the candidates on that short list, you’ll find that there ARE connections back to the CCSS Machine in some way. Why are we not being the Warriors/Patriots and bucking this establishment?

Isn’t that what We wanted? We should be making every opportunity to influence this Team of Leaders on those Warriors for our children who have a proven, 100% vested interest in our future generation, not in an agenda.

It is not only possible to find such candidates, it is imperative! Some of the most SUPERB candidates are those who’ve been fighting this for longer than most of us; who’ve dug into the trenches right by your side; who’ve spoken out or up at countless meetings, seminars, interviews, etc.; who’ve openly dedicated their lives to education as it should be.

These type of anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors are the ones I would go into battle with any  day. They are not just great Warriors, they are SUPERB Warriors.
Some more than qualified Warriors that I’ve been contacted about:
Dr. Peg Luksik, Dr. Duke Pesta, Anita Hoge, Diana Anderson, Dr. Gary Thompson, Charlotte Iserbyt, Donna Gardner, and Dr. Pat Huff. While they are well known on our side of this War, why have We not uplifted them to the Transition Team? After all to beat the system, you have to offer more than the system.

Just consider this, my followers, if we do end up with one of the ‘top choices’ the establishment has tagged, will this be enough to change the system? I doubt it. If we desire only greatness, it won’t be enough. Not when the stakes for our children ‘are through the roof’ important.

No, for American education to be free of the CCSS Machine, we must not only demand ‘superb’ people, we must strive for superb results.

Superb American education should be the goal of our War, not the same old stuff backed by the same old system for the same old ‘quasi-success’.

To have the superb education, we MUST not feed the Dept. of Ed, we must wipe it out. We must not feed the workforce based education marriage of the Depts. of Labor and Education. We must refuse to have the Dept of Health and Human Services use our students as ‘lab rats’. We must openly and often strike a blow to the CCSS Machine.

Helping further the misnomer of ‘quality education’ in America is none other than our current Administration. From the ‘love affair’ Congress is displaying for CTE to the President’s proclamation for “Education Week 2016”.

As I’ve shared with you, countless times with fact based evidence, our current Congress is chafing at the bit to make CTE a ‘saving grace’ for America. Does that sound superb?

Our current President is hell-bent on leaving office claiming how much he’s had to do with the educational success in America. Oh really?! As evidence has come along, we’ve seen just how sold out to the status-quo, aligned CCSS Machine education he’s supported and pushed along. Is that superb?

To see this “proclamation”: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/10/presidential-proclamation-american-education-week-2016

If We have any hope of shifting education BACK from aligned to superb, we MUST rid our nation of the data mining geared for another person/company’s profit over a student’s benefit of knowledge and superbness:

While the 9 federal levels are easy to spot, look at the variety of other agencies which are not easy to identify as connected.

And this connected system that’s been in place since the early days of the current President’s service:


Then, the global assessments, the lies about skills gaps and achievement gaps. The fallacies that the only way to teach is via a plugged-in computer instead of a dedicated and wonderful teacher, and yes, even the fallacies of school choice and education savings accounts.

Every bit of these things DETRACTS from superb citizens and FEEDS right into the U.N. Sustainable  Development Goals for educated workers in a global economy as a global citizen. They use our taxpayer dollars against us and open the door for micro-managing how we live our lives. 

HOW is any of this SUPERB? How will any of this catapult America beyond all this ‘less than great’ education to one that is truly desired? Forget transition, we need TOTAL TRANSFORMATION.

Rather than back the establishment’s choices, why not have THEM back ours?!

5 Days

Anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors,

In the COMING 5 days, you can probably ‘bet the farm’ that the U.S. Congress will continue their part in the CCSS Machine’s grinding down of our nation. What about your State’s legislative body? If they are like where I live, they have already ‘left the building’. However, they too, were ‘busy beavers’ before they left.

Congress is rushing. A couple of big reasons:

A) 2016’s fiscal year ends. That means, October 1, 2016 begins the fiscal year 2017. That means all those items which were in the series of articles I wrote about the 2017 Fed Ed Budget nightmares will become a reality. Fiscal 2017 also brings us ever closer to the full impacts of the Every Student Succeeds Act, ESSA.
If you want the series:
a) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/11/fed-ed-2017-are-you-ready/
b) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/12/fed-ed-budget-for-teachersleaders/
c) https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/02/13/big-bucks-for-post-secondary-ed/

B) The 2016 Elections are the OTHER big push to wrap up the overreach activities…for now.

My anti CCSS Warrior voice howls!

Congress, You are NOT doing the job you are elected to do TODAY. You are NOT truly listening to your voters. You are NOT creating legislation or voting on it as IF it’s the LAST piece of business you ever do in D.C.! You are an ELECTED person with the PRIVILEGE of service, NOT the GUARANTEE of job placement! You have forgotten overreach in education is ILLEGAL! So why should anyone send you back to do it all again?!

During the past 5 days, not every one of my articles has been accessible.  So, in the confidence you can use these fact based research articles to REMIND Congress of ITS true place, I offer:

1) Congress Loves CTE (Career Tech Education)
Use this to remind Congress, sold out members to the lobbyists for the CCSS Machine is UNACCEPTABLE!

**After the elections, H5587 (Strengthening Career Tech Education for the 21st Century) should shift over to the Senate, as it passed the House, 405-5. As of this writing, there is no hearing scheduled by the Senate HELP Committee to move on the sister bill (which by the way was postponed in the past 5 days), S3271, Workforce Advance Act. BOTH HR5587 and S3271 are in the “Congress Loves CTE”. I checked the calendars for both the Senate and House and saw no mention of either of these education bills.

2) Related to the HR5587 and S3271, is  S3190, Strengthening Our Rural Health Care Workforce in the 21st Century.  Use this article that you will not ACCEPT one more piece of legislation which cements a healthcare law no one took the time to read.

Also related, and not appearing on the calendars for the upcoming 5 days in D.C. is the extremely egregious bill of all, S3174, or the Ladder Act. Any bill related to workforce which uses the opening word of “Leveling”, you know is going to mean MORE federal control.  Use this article to send the message to Congress that ONE more Executive Branch (independent) Council is not only UNACCEPTABLE, we WILL not fund it! https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/americas-obsession/

In the past 5 days, the U.S. Congress also saw the advancement of the H5963 (Supporting Youth Opportunity and Preventing Delinquency Act of 2016). The House passed it by 382-29. I covered this bill in “The Chain Gang Cometh”. This was the one article which caused the most uproar. Here’s the link:
Use this article to tell Congress, NO! Absolutely no support or opportunity is worth what is being considered as appropriate for our children!

**Since ‘Chain Gang’:
a) I have heard from several concerned parents who are already seeing some of the same moves mentioned in the article happening now in their children’s schools.
b)  I’ve also heard from my dear fellow anti CCSS Warrior, Dr. Karen Effrem, who did plunge deeper into the Bill than I could. She was addressing my deep concerns over the language of the Bill.
She found that the those chemical agents are only mentioned one time in the entire Bill, in the definitions portion of the Bill. Use of and/or limits for use are not in the Bill, just the definitions.
“Incapacitate” is part of the Bill’s definition language for ‘chemical agents’. It doesn’t appear anywhere else.
 Dr. Effrem also shared this with me, “However, the bill also adds another new definition called “dangerous practice,” which is “an act, procedure, or program that creates an unreasonable risk of physical injury, pain, or psychological harm to a juvenile subjected to the act, procedure, or program.” 
After this, Dr. Effrem also said it looks as is the Bill is to minimize use of dangerous practices via several mandates. She directed me to page 44. However, at the end of page 44, you’ll see this, “including by developing effective behavior management techniques;” (so, in essence, not so many restraints, but more behavior management). On page 52, you’ll see the training efforts and reforms have produced reduction/elimination of dangerous practices.

 Both Dr. Effrem and I agree, even with what we both found, this Bill has some definite areas we WARRIORS must watch, ask about, and be ready to protect. Why? Refer to the parental reactions this article stirred. Dr. Effrem suggested we contact the main sponsor, Rep. Curbelo. We both realize time is short, but with definitions for chemical agents in a Bill for our children and the gray areas for who uses, when used, and IF they are to be continued is a HUGE problem. Oh, and Curbelo’s in the midst of a re-election campaign.

In the period between Congress’s departure and whomever returns, Warriors, we should keep the amount of parental concern in our forefronts. Then, add the following concerns around H5963:

a) the U.S. Dept. of Ed’s definition for ‘at-risk’ youth encompass several more student groups than those who are low-income or at-risk/troubled.
b) younger and younger students are being identified as ‘at-risk’ or ‘troubled’ (an example: the number of kindergartners who are being suspended for simply being child-like in their actions).
c) to be identified as ‘at-risk’ or ‘troubled’ there are mental health assessments, behavior management or interventions which are increasingly being placed on the already overburdened teachers.

If you’d like to know the side effects of use for the chemical agents in the Bill:
Pepper Spray: https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/grants/181655.pdf
C2 Tear Gashttps://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/search/a?dbs+hsdb:@term+@DOCNO+4346
Washington Post’s article on Tear Gashttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2014/08/14/tear-gas-is-a-chemical-weapon-banned-in-war-but-ferguson-police-shoot-it-at-protesters/




Warriors, one of the best weapons we have this election season is PRESSURE. The sold out leaders (from our school boards to the White House) have been identified. If these CCSS Machine members haven’t been identified by now, it is only right they should be now. Why? Our vote is our voice! If our stance against federal overreach in education is solid, so should our voice! To say we stand against CCSS and ALL that goes with it, then elect or re-elect those who will continue its chokehold on our nation, will be a signal that we’re not as effective as we can be in the War Against the Core.

So, I invite you to use the #KnowBeforeYouVote to share what you know about any candidate who’s running. For example, here’s a screen shot plainly showing names, the CCSS Machine member organization and some researched truth. If you like and support ANY candidate who’s not being forthright about education, confront them. If the candidate is using one too many canned educratic words, confront them! How you use your pressure as weapon is up to you. I, for one, will use as much evidence which is truthful, as I can.


So, what will happen in the next 120 hours? Plenty. What will we, the Warriors do between now and the election? Roar!

This is Our Choice?!


Recently, one of my dear fellow Anti CCSS Warriors from the other side of the nation, contacted me about her State Superintendent’s words about being ‘choice ready’ by 2030.
My friend/Warrior, Ida F. has allowed me to share her State’s story so you can check in yours for similar such messages.

The State, ND; The ‘Super’, Baesler:

ND’s Superintendent has shared in the media that by 2030 all the students in North Dakota are to be choice ready for their futures. To see the 2 page agenda, https://www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/1404/Agenda.pdf  To see just Baesler’s activity,
see below:


Then, consider this screen shot:


Baesler is also a Board Member serving the National Drop Out Prevention Network (NDOPN). In 2015, she, along with other NDOPN members held a national conference in TX. From the program I found detailing the conference, plenty of CCSS Machine members were not only in attendance, but were leading workshops. Was the ‘choice ready’ rhetoric there? Of course. See: http://dropoutprevention.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/SanAntonio-Program10-14-15.pdf

So, What IS “Choice Ready”?

Here’s a screen shot of an AdvancED 2015 presentation which was given in ND in May of 2016.


To get the entire presentation,
(*Note: be sure to see how easily this fits into ESSA’s accountability/implementation plans.)


There must be a 2030 Bandwagon Around Somewhere:

It appears that ND is not the only State jumping on the bandwagon heading for 2030, look at all these other 2030 Ready Resources I found.


1) Hoover Institute’s “American Education in 2030”. You’ll need to know that the Fordham Institute’s very own Chester Finn is cited in this book of 87 pages, that there is a copyright date of 2010 and is tied to the Leland Stanford Jr. University. This book is a collection of essays on education. See:

2) The Center for Teacher Quality’s “Teaching 2030: Leveraging Teacher Preparation 2.0”.
This 66 page document doesn’t give a clear date of when it was published, but it does give you an insight into what groups have influenced this report.  American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), NCATE (National Council for Teacher Accreditation), Commission on Effective Teachers and Teaching (CETT) an independent group convened by the NEA (National Education Association), and the National Bureau of Economic Research.
The CTQ Report is also a collection of related topics in education by various teacher/authors.

Here’s an excerpt, “Pre-service teachers need customized preparation for the 21st-century pedagogical skills demanded by not just the Common Core State Standards, but the global economy in which students must participate. Too much of today’s criticism of teacher education is driven by politics, not substance, and focuses on outdated issues instead of ones unique to the demands of 21st-century teaching and learning. Teacher preparation of today and tomorrow needs to equip new recruits to teach highly mobile students, develop their own assessments, improve data systems, engage parents and policymakers, and lead the transition of many of our high-needs schools into 24/7 community hubs.”

It appears that by 2030, teachers are to have the 3Cs: ‘Communication, character, and content’. In some way this is to go along with the CCSS Machine’s 4Cs for students: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. My question is this (and I do not mean to be snarky): Did I miss something?!  Since the 4Cs for students are happening NOW, why are teachers getting only 3Cs?  Why do they have to wait until 2030?

The CTQ Report:  http://www.teachingquality.org/sites/default/files/TEACHING_2030_Leveraging_Teacher_Preparation.pdf


1) The “Yidan Prize Forecast: Education to 2030”

This 33 page research report is available on-line (I would suggest downloading it) and is based on the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) calculations and research.

Look at the CCSS Machine ties and the UN Ties from the EIU’s ‘experts’:

To download the 33 pages of global ‘choice readiness’: EIU_Yidan prize forecast_Education to 2030
To find in on the Internet:

2) The UN’s Education 2030 Agenda video. This short but scary video shows WHY the innovative data (written into ESSA and its related laws) is such a big deal.

The 2030 Agenda has been well reported (both by others and myself). That said if you don’t have see the connection between the UN, the US, the ‘choice readiness’, the data mining, and education, it is simply this: US is a ‘card carrying UN member. We have signed a global  goals agreement (known as SDGs, Sustainable Developmental Goals). Education is the fourth goal globally. The choice readiness will use the education and data for our students to be one of 3 tracks: college (leader or authority), citizen (includes military as protector or authority), or worker. See the 2015 UN Report

Related Resources:
1) The AASA Article about the 3 Choices:
1a) From the AASA’s  website, how all this ‘choice’ for ‘readiness’ means ‘ready for anything (or in anti CCSS Warrior language: ‘ready to conform’). See: http://www.aasa.org/SchoolAdministratorArticle.aspx?id=13570

2) How AdvancED is a CCSS Machine member tied to the Global Agenda:

3) The AACTE’s Common Core Devotion:

4) A CETT/NEA 2012 “Teacher Effectiveness” document:

5) The National Bureau of Economic Research has ties to the OCED (Organization for Co-operation in Economic Development), as well as have a resource on education being the solution to the turnaround of the U.S. Economy. How? skill based and technical!
To see the resource, http://www.nber.org/chapters/c13695.pdf (*Note: if you really want to feel great about being an American, look at how the Bureau writes us up in mathematical equasions!)
If you’d like to see the corporate funding streams the Bureau receives (note the CCSS Machine groups):

6) To see one of my articles on the OCED and American workforce based education:

7) My article on Chester Finn:

8) How America went from MDGs (Millennial Development Goals) to SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), courtesy of the UN:


So, Warriors, has Ida’s original question helped us? It is good to see that ND is hardly alone in this ‘choice ready by 2030’. Why? Knowing we are not standing alone in this War Against the Core is vital. Knowing how big the target is gives us quite a bit of space to aim our best informational shots at. It also affords us lots of room to strike consistently, often, and hard.

Assessment Quest, Parts 1 and 2

Part One

We, anti CCSS Warriors know how crafty the CCSS Machine is in playing word games with us. So, consider the names used (or variations) of names used in some of the CCSS Machine products, legislation, assessments, and anything else connected to it. For example, the ESSA, Every Student Succeeds Act is named as it is to SUGGEST positive results. However, we Warriors know, the Law actually means “Every Student Confined”. There are plenty more examples out there, but I want to look at the assessments in particular. Why? Again, the names the CCSS Machine has given each, points to success, but leads to alignment of epic proportions!

In previous researched articles, I have revealed for you how SpringBoard (which offers another service called Learning Walks to partner with schools for CCSS/Competency Based Education alignment) Plan, Aspire, WorkKeys, MAP, Skills Navigator,ProMetric, Certica, and TestWhiz all sound like great and positive assessments for your students, but are really purposed tools to force an aligned, globally competent worker. I know there are others, but you get the idea.

Other assessments with not so positive sounding names (but with the same purposed agenda tool results) are Iowa Assessments, Standford 10 , ETS, ERB, SBAC, PARCC, SAT, ACT, CLEP, College Board, and ASVAB.

One with a former not so positive sounding assessment is the GED, it has been rewritten and renamed to HiSET (High School Equivalency Test). Pearson Publishing has copyrighted the GED and aligned it with CCSS. See:

More recently I exposed the partnership between Act, Inc. and Envision. Act., Inc. provides the assessments for workforce based education paths (also known as competency based education) and Envision collects the data for global purposes. Envision has been successful in this alignment, I believe, because they have named the program involved with one that suggests positive, but hides the agenda. In case you missed this article about assessments and global data mining:

One State Goes on a Quest:

Recently, one of my dearest friends and among the most dedicated anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warriors I know, contacted me. Karen lives in TN. She asked me if I had ever researched the Questar assessment.  Karen has researched some about Questar on her own. She knows the assessment is tied to IMS Global.  What I have found is below and follows up what Karen found. Knowing the ‘quest’ in the title suggests something positive, I found quite the opposite.


Website: http://www.questarai.com/


According the ‘About Us’ page on the Questar website, the company is at least 40 years old. Their slogan, “Bridging the Gap” seems to fit right in with the CCSS Machine agenda. This assessment provider (K-12 grades) is based in MN.
Among the leaders of Questar, is the President and CEO, Jamie Post Candee. Candee got her start in banking before shifting to education related jobs. If you look at her biography, you see she was formerly employed by PLATO Learning. PLATO Learning also has a former name, EDmentum. Included in her bio is this quote, “Jamie is the driving force behind Questar’s commitment to creating meaningful assessments that give educators the insights they need to fully prepare students for college or career.”

platoedI previously wrote about Edmendtum and a host of other assessment aligners in 2015.
See: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/ftf-ascending-and-aligning/

Edmentum is tied to Providence Equity Partners, LLC. Please, read the above archived article. It has many twists and turns (much like a journey’s trail) but you need to see just how multi-strung these private groups are when it comes to education!

Back to Questar’s Leaders, the Chief Assessments Advisor? The Former U.S. Dept. of Education’s Standards and Assessments Director, Dr. Timothy VanSickle. (*Interesting note: in 2011, he was named as a CCSSO (Council of Chief State School Officers) Partner.) Also a Chief Assessments Advisor for Questar is Dr. Katie McClarty. McClarty was previously employed by none other than Pearson Publishing! Here’s how, “Before joining Questar, Katie served as the director for the Center for College & Career Success in Pearson’s Research & Innovation Network. Her signature work for the Center included the co-creation of a holistic college-readiness index for middle school students and the co-design and facilitation of standard-setting meetings and research projects for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). Prior to directing the Center, she was the chief research scientist for the state of Texas general education assessment programs.”

Other leaders tied to the CCSS Machine are present as well. CCSS Machine organizations represented include eInstruction, ConnectEdU, AIR, Inc. (AIR stands for American Institutes for Research and are tied to SBAC assessments.), Advanced Systems in Measurement and Evaluation (now Measured Progress) and Data Recognition Corporation (Jim McMann). McMann was responsible for several States assessment contracts when he was with Data Recognition Corp.

Board members for Questar also have plenty of ties to the CCSS Machine. One huge one is
New Market Ventures Group. New Market has a portfolio where other educational companies are included. Here is a screen shot:

To see the entire list of portfolio companies, http://newmarketsvp.com/portfolio-companies/
You also may be interested in New Market Venture’s recent news release about Graduation Alliance and ACT, Inc. partnering together for new career readiness certificates. (Also assessment based) See:

You can see all the Questar leaders and Board Members information: 
Board: http://www.questarai.com/about-us/board-of-directors/
Leaders: http://www.questarai.com/about-us/leadership/

To see Questar Large Scale Assessments (where they take in entire States, school districts, etc.), click on their “Large Scale Assessment” tab.
(*Note: in Large Scale Assessments, there are 5 Steps. Be sure to look at each one. Every symbol more information about it when you click the symbol. For example, I clicked on the light bulb in Stage 2 (Assessment Design) and found all kinds of information on psychometric assessment.)
To see Questar Literacy Assessment (for Students), then click on their “District Literacy” tab.(*Note: This assessment is backed by the CCSSO. Remember, CCSSO owns half the CCSS Copyrights.)
You will want to access the research behind all these assessments. Questar’s White Papers on Assessments (includes Next Generation Assessments). That is in the “White Papers” tab (second row of tabs in blue font).

Part Two:
So Where is IMS Global?

Warriors, so far we have plenty of evidence for CCSS Machine allegiance from Questar. We have seen how these people are coming from one part of the agenda to other part. But how does this tie to Questar? How does this tie back to the ESSA? Let’s find out.

IMS Global is a Consortium for Digital Learning. Here is a screen shot illustrating their reach in education. A small bit of their history, “In 1995, IMS came into existence as a project (the Instructional Management System project) within the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative of EDUCAUSE. In 1999 IMS Global spun out of EDUCAUSE to become an independent non-profit organization.” (*Note: the ‘IMS’ stands for ‘Instructional Management System’)


From the 2015 Annual Report, IMS Global gloated about its integral part in Race to the Top Assessments. That’s just in the USA.
Other similar assessments are in other countries. (Page 10).
Also from Page 10, this excerpt which ties Questar directly to IMS Global,
“To further accelerate progress of the IMS e-Assessment Initiative, IMS formed the Executive Board on Assessment (EBA) to help remove the barriers to broader adoption of QTI and APIP. The EBA serves as an extension of the IMS Board of Directors and is open to all IMS Contributing Members, but requires an executive pledge to provide the leadership and resources needed to lead the market in charting the next phase of QTI and APIP standards to build strong end-to-end interoperability and accelerate standards compliance. Charter members included ACT, CITO, College voor Toetsen en Examens, ETS, Florida Virtual School, Houston ISD, McGraw-Hill Education, Measured Progress, Minnesota Department of Education, National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC), NWEA, Open Assessment Technologies, Pacific Metrics, PARCC, Questar Assessment, Smarter Balanced, and WIDA.”

To access the IMS Global Annual Report (2015)https://www.imsglobal.org/sites/default/files/2015annualReport.pdf
(*Note: Page 13 names all the assessments involved in digital education, names all the people involved, and names the Executive Board responsible for the EBA.)

I was able to find a 2002 research paper from IMS Global on defining these on-line credentials for global competency our education reform in pushing so hard to convert to. Known as a ‘RDCEO’ (Reuseable Definition of Competency or Educational Objective), these objectives are usually open-ended, loosely defined so that anywhere across the globe they can be user-friendly. They can be used over and over again, anywhere, by anyone.
You, as a Warrior Against the Core, simply must read the rest of this paper!
Access it: https://www.imsglobal.org/competencies/rdceov1p0/imsrdceo_infov1p0.html

You will also need to access and read the IMS Global 2015 Learning Impact Report. It is also key in the War Against the Core! Get it: 

If you want to see IMS Global’s K-20 Digital Badge program, Getting Smart (very CCSS Machine Supportive, in my opinion) published this write up:
(*Note: helping fund this K-20 Badge project is the MacArthur Foundation, a well known CCSS Machine member.)
All the other funders, backers are named. But the biggest take away is that this CBE (competency based education) shift will promote IMS Global as one of the biggest leaders in it in the world!

We still don’t see how IMS Global ties to ESSA. Below is a screen shot. It is from our dear Warriors, the “What Is Common Core?” Blog. Here is the link to their entire article. Note the highlighted portion of the picture.

Among IMS Global Members: Pearson Publishing, Questar, PARCC, the Gates Foundation, and many more.

Related: EdUCause is tied to the CCSS Machine and really loves higher education. Here is my article about them from early 2015:

Since IMS Global is helping set the bar for digital standards, I thought you might like to see how ESSA has provided for each State to be digitally made over. See:


Warriors, this is a tremendous journey, I know. Please break it down as you need to. There is much here. For my friend Karen, I hope it is enough to help TN. While it appears IMS Global is set to be among those mastering digital education, at least we know the members of not only the CCSS Machine, but now the IMS Global contain many of the same groups/people. That makes our job of knowing where to look that much easier!


Shrill’s Call

Anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors, what you see above is hardly new information for you. Yet, it is still worth displaying.

It is my belief that the CCSS Machine not only knows this, but is doing all it can to plot opportunities to be as shrill sounding as possible.

In the words of the the Center for Education Reform, CER, now is the time for a ‘clarion call’ in education reform. If you look up the meaning of ‘clarion’, you will find the first definition refers to shrillness. The second one refers to loud and clear. While the CER would LIKE to fool us into believing they are using the second version, it is my researched opinion (as well as other anti CCSS/ESSA Warriors) that they are using the first version without abandon.


CER and the BR:

Above, you see the CER, Center for Education Reform, but who/what is the BR? BR stands for Business Roundtable, one of the CCSS Machine BIGGEST organizations! If you do not know, BR has about 200 corporations which have (in the past) pledged their undying support for all things Common Core (which includes College/Career Readiness, Career Tech Education, etc.). Since the passage of ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) mandates MORE P3s (public private partnerships), we can expect the SHRILLNESS of BR to be heard, as well as CER’s. Why the shrillness? Corporate greed; control; and, changing our nation.

In the past couple of days, Deb Herbage published a terrific expose related to corporate greed in education. See:

So, how did CER and BR meet recently? What did they decide was ‘clarion-worthy’ about education?! In a nutshell: ‘reform means achievement.’ How did I get that message? The President of the BR at the recent CER gathering! Below is the YouTube video where you can listen for yourselves:

Want more? Access the CER’s Manifesto for Education. See: https://www.edreform.com/2016/06/ed-reform-i-o-innovation-opportunity-results-a-manifesto/
Below is a screen shot from the Manifesto. Notice the ‘Innovation’ and ‘Opportunity’ words. Yes, Warriors, we have seen those before. They are part of the SHRILL call from WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014).

WIOA, is also embedded in the ESSA. After all, you can’t have businesses succeed and corporate greed without workforce based education! ESSA, WIOA, and the HEA (Higher Education Act) all have shrilly embedded this shift in education FROM academics TO competency workers.

When you read the entire Manifesto, notice all the different aspects of greed, control, and a reshaping of our nation..it is ALL there.

From Twitter, here is a screen shot of a few of the pro CCSS/ESSA and education reform messages. All involve businesses. Note the shouts out to charter schools, too.


I hope some true educators will point out to the BR President (and all those education reformers), that teaching reading has been a problem in America long before now. Illiteracy is NOT a new problem, NOR can it be fixed with modern ELA materials and agenda items. However, I guess we cannot expect much from BR when they hone in on proficiency instead of mastery. When you teach a child to read CORRECTLY, proficiency follows mastery, NOT vice-versa.

CER, Backing Politics?

Warriors, you know 2016 is an election year. You know we will have all kinds of political races, including Governors of our States. However, did you know the CER (Center for Education Reform) has a campaign called ‘Education 50’? If you would like to see the Mission of the Education 50https://www.edreform.com/education-50/faq/

ed50Included in the Education 50 is a resource which is supposedly to steer you to REAL education minded reformers and combat posing education reformers. What do I mean?
According to the CER (and duly representing the CCSS Machine’s idea of reformers). https://www.edreform.com/2014/09/the-field-guide-to-education-reform/

Really, CER?! C’mon. A real measure of our Governors/education reformers, or any candidate running would be to look at the CBE (competency based education) shift. A real measure would be which candidate supports this shift or not. What do I mean? Look at the NGA (National Governors Association, which all 50 Governors belong to) and their stance on CBE. See: 1510ExpandingStudentSuccess

A real measure of a candidate who WILL give first voice to the citizens (parents, students, and taxpayers) is someone who has NOT publicly declared their love of Career Tech Education, Competency Based Education, Common Core, College and Career Ready Standards, Job Development Growth (which encompasses both WIOA and CTE), etc.!

 Any candidate using the educratic buzzphrases of CCSS Machine type ed reform is a candidate we DO NOT need in our elections. Any candidate supporting business and jobs OVER education or in conjunction with education need not be elected either. What do I mean? The best example is the Resolution the NC State Board of Education wrote and delivered to the Governor of NC in support of all things CBE/CCSS related. See below:

To access the entire article: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/01/08/weekend-news-tangled-webs-of-educratic-moves/
(*Note: look at the list of key points the Resolution has. Find out what your State has done which is the same or similar. Compare it to the NGA’s checklist, too!)

As far as knowing the Governor of NC fully supports the shift in education from academics to workforce based, my first hand account of his appearance in 2014:
NC’s Governor, Common Core, Career Tech Ed, Prosperity Zones, data mining for workforce based education, etc.:

For all States and Related:
a) A real test of how your State stacks up in College/Career Readiness just in time for the elections and the implementation of ESSA,
b) The real look at the CBE shift for all States:


If your State is anything like the one I live in, the State Board of Ed will have members from every grade group possible, from birth to post-secondary. What is their stance on REAL education? What resolutions have they passed which support the SHRILL voice of education reform for workforce based learning? Who among our leaders will lead the TRUE voices of those MOST valuable in all this?!

Moving Ahead

A Move Ahead:

Recently, I shared that I would be shifting all my Common Core Diva articles to a separate Facebook page. That will be official as of Wednesday, May 11th, 2016. I am asking that if you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you make this move with me. My personal page (Lynne M Taylor) has been blocked, banned, and beleaguered because of all the truth about the CCSS Machine I have shared. Will this move stop the censorship? Who knows, I have no trust of Facebook, due to their part of the educational reform movement in America. But, I will NOT be silenced! I thank each of you who have placed your trust in what I do. I especially thank all those who have helped share what I research and publish when the CCSS Machine tries to silence me. We are in this TOGETHER, Warriors!

To ‘like’/join my new Common Core Diva page: https://www.facebook.com/CommonCoreDiva/
Please share this update with all the anti CCSS Warriors you know, so we can stay united in our information. The website one of my Warrior friends is building for me as the Diva is still in progress. I will share the news of its debut as soon as I can.

Radio appearances and in-person speeches are still going on for me, as well. If you know of an outlet which would desire to be added to my schedule, please let me know. As always, I am honored to be a trusted anti CCSS/Fed Ed Warrior.

Graduation, Dead Ahead!

Also moving on in the upcoming weeks, will be all those graduating seniors. No matter what educational choice or grade level, there will be lots of students moving ahead. The CCSS Machine is purposing them for a rocky road of indoctrination and alignment that might as well be confinement. If you don’t believe me, review the previously published article from last week about Achieving States.

That said, there is more you need to know…

Paving the Common Core/College and Career Readiness Road:

It is no secret that because ‘Common Core’ isn’t the current name used for the educational reform we are seeing, it is, in fact still the law of the land, thanks to the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act). It has a newer moniker, ‘College and Career Readiness’, now. ESSA also will be using ‘Challenging State Academic Standards’, too. Expect to hear this phrase championed by the CCSS Machine, especially from legislators and politicians.

Why am I restating the obvious? We should NEVER forget this, especially with elections going on from now to November 2016. Every Congress member who helped pass the ESSA needs to go. Every Congress member who helped pass the WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014) needs to go, too!

Why? Isn’t ‘work’ a good thing for our students? Sure it is, however, because of these two key Federal Laws, our education reform has transformed what our students learn! If you don’t believe me, go back and read my previous article where I shared just how many times the WIOA is used in the ESSA.

Then, follow that one with the article where you will learn just how much money every State is to vie for in regards to a workforce based education embedded in the ESSA.

Knowing our students of all ages, upon graduation, will be seeking even more education, and/or seeking a job, we need to NEVER forget that the U.S. Dept. of Labor is just as guilty for furthering the CCSS Machine down the educational road as the U.S. Dept. of Education is!


Join me tomorrow where I go into more details about the ‘Silent Partner’ you may not know is a member of the CCSS Machine.