Common Core: Let the Debate begin (a few years late)!

Just a few notes on my attendance of the Common Core Summit at MCC 8/28/13  More details at Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL) statement on NCLB reauthorization act. Posted on August 29,… 2013 by ilpatriot  NOTE:  The authority that was used by the Federal government to financially incentivize the adoption of the Common Core State Standards and the accompanying Race to the Top initiatives is the currently expired ESEA act (a.k.a. No Child Left Behind.)  This video describes HR 5:  The Student Success Act. at MCC
Picture by Cal Skinner
Problems with Common Core Standards (CCS) (details at above web link)
1. No prior research or testing of CCS to determine their efficacy
2. Academic quality will diminish in many schools
3. CCS will shape both curricula and assessments (i.e., tests)
4. Testing/Assessments are flawed
5. Loss of local control
6. Centralization eliminates mechanisms of improvement: local accountability, choice, competition, and flexibility
7. Costly
8. Invasion of privacy/student tracking
A few notes, thoughts, and questions that may have answers:
1. Trademark of information: MCGRAW-HILL SCHOOL EDUCATION HOLDINGS LLC owns 271 trademarks (registered or pending) in the US federal trademark database for Common Core terms. Maybe people with more knowledge of trademarks can explain where Mcgraw/Hill is going with this and all the new textbooks that will be required.
My question: Who really controls this program? The one, who legally controls information, controls the outcome.
2. Involvement by Federal government: Question in Common Core web page FAQ Q: Does the federal government play a role in standards implementation? A: The federal government had no role in the development of the Common Core State Standards and will not have a role in their implementation. The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that is not part of No Child Left Behind and adoption of the standards is in no way mandatory. My question: Giving money to “help” pay for the program is not a role? Very interesting logic is being used for their answer and Race to the Top funds.
3. Outcome/Results: Overall thought that the teaching process doesn’t change just because you increase the standards via a Top/Down approach versus a Bottom/Up. My question: Does ownership of the results come from Top/Down and do the ones who wrote the standards have a hidden agenda?
1.The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provided the funding to write the new standards.
2.Two Washington DC trade organizations:  The national Governor’s Association (NGA) and the Counsel of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) worked with education industry partners to write and trademark the new standards.
3.Many on a panel of educators and business leaders refused to sign off on the final draft of the Common Core Learning Standards.


Common Core: Let the Debate begin (a few years late)! — 3 Comments

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  2. Very good summary of the discussion. One thing that cannot be overemphasized is the extent to which data which is totally unrelated to student performance is being collected and added to the assessments of students, and the fact that this information will be shared among Federal agencies and private vendors.

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