Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

Working to regain local control of education in Missouri.

Why We Need To Stop Common Core - Video

The American Principles Project and Concerned Women of America have produced a fabulous video series that describes what Common Core Standards are, how we got them and what we can do to get them out of our state. 

Please watch all five segments and share this link with as many people as you can. 


If you really want to educate yourself about Common Core go to our Resource page and read the Pioneer Institute Report "Controlling Education From The Top"

What's New on MCACC

 

 

Our very own video tab

We have added  a  Video tab to include lots of informative videos on common core and student data. Please check there for things like:
  • Governor Nixon telling the national governors association that he has been going around the legislature to change the teacher evaluation system.
  • Commissioner Nicastro admitting that common core is the floor of standards we want our children to master.
  • Professor James Milgram explaining why the CC standards won't make kids college ready.
  • Bill Gates telling the Natl Council of State Legislatures that the big benefit of common core is creating a uniform customer base for businesses.
  • Paul Schwartz warning about the dangers of student data collection.

Please check it out and share it with your friends!

Your Child Does Not Have To Provide Free Labor to SBAC This Spring - Opt Them Out Of SBAC Pilot Testing.

Though the state is required to offer a statewide test of student performance and districts are required to administer it, there is nothing in state statute that requires children to take these standardized tests. In addition, the SBAC tests being piloted this spring do not even measure student performance. They are a test of the SBAC questions. Your child will still be required ti take the traditional MAP test this spring as well. Avoid placing unnecessary stress on your children with this excessive testing. Take this opt out form into your school and tell them your child will not be participating in the pilot.

SBAC Opt Out Form

Give us some feedback from your day at the capitol for the Rally For Excellent Education - Not Common Education

What You Can Do To Help Stop Common Core

  1. Join MCACC by Registering to the right.
  2. Sign the petition and forward the link on to others to sign.
  3. Share the MCACC website with as many people as you can. Encourage them to watch the videos on the Home page. 
  4. Educate yourself by reading the documents on the resources and documents pages and then educate others.
    5. Get your local school board to sign the Resolution Against Common Core.

The Latest Common Core News

Legislative Status Update

April 15, 2014

Here is where we are with our legislation with only 5 weeks left in the session.


House Bills

HB1490 - (stop common core) An amended version passed out of the House 132:19. Will be heard by Senate Education Committee Wed. April 16, 2014  1:30 p.m.

HB1873 - (student data privacy) Had been added to the House calendar and is expected to be debated this week.

HJR74 - (elect state board of ed) Has been heard by the House Government Oversight and Accountability Committee. It is waiting to be voted out of committee.


Senate Bills

SB514 & SB798 - (stop common core) A unified version of these two bills is awaiting a vote out of the Senate Education Committee. Will be voted on by Senate Education Committee Wed. April 16, 2014  1:30 p.m

SB819 - (student data privacy) Is on the Senate calendar and should be debated on the floor Wednesday April 16, 2014.

SJR55 - (elect state board of ed) Has been referred to the Senate Education Committee. Will most likely not be heard this session.


Senate Common Core Bills To Be Heard This Week

The Senate Education Committee will hold a hearing on two common core bills this week, SB514 introduced by Senator Lamping and SB798 introduced by Senator Emery. The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core has developed a witness list for this hearing to ensure representation of various stakeholder groups in this hearing while holding to the time limits of the Chairman. We encourage you to come and be a visible support for both these bills and/or submit a witness form through Libertytools.com

Every day there is more and more evidence that Common Core is not the "answer" to our education woes. What it is, is a power grab by private non-governmental organizations, unanswerable to the people, looking to profit off our children. Parents feel the loss of control over their children's education with the imposition of more stringent (and less sensible) policies by their school districts, by warnings from teachers not to "confuse" their children at home with "outdated" modes of learning, and by the introduction of curriculum that does not reflect their values but which is mandated because it is "aligned to common core."

State statute was and continues to be ignored with the implementation of standards we don't own or control. The time for the representatives of the people to make a decision is now. Do we value our state sovereignty over education or do we value being in common with all other states more?

If you are planning to come to the hearing , please try to be there by 1:00 to save a seat.

MCACC Legislation This Session

The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core is supporting these bills in the 2014 Legislative Session. Please ask your representative and senator to vote to support these bills.


HB 1490 (Bahr) Stops the implementation of Common Core (the link takes you to the text that will be substituted for this bill's text in committee.)

HB      (C. Jones) Stops the implementation of Common Core and gets the state out of SBAC

SB 514  (Lamping) Stops the implementation of Common Core

SB 798 (Emery) Stops the implementation of Common Core

HB 1873 (Guernsey) Student Data Privacy Act

SB 819 (Wallingford) 4th Amendment Protection Act

HJR 74 (Dohrman) State Board of Education Election Referendum

HB1818 (Dohrman) State Board of Education election statutory changes. This act shall be contingent upon the passage of HJR 74.


Representative Dohrman's bill would place a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would change the way our state board of education members are selected. Currently they are appointed by the Governor. The people have no voice at the very top of education where all the decisions about education seem to be taking place in this state.

Common Core Protest at Celebrate Our Schools Event

Close to 25 protesters braved the cold outside the Billingsley Student Center on Missouri Southern State University on Monday to let Governor Nixon know that they do not support his education agenda for Missouri.
If anyone else has photos, send them to me and I will add them to the slide show. nomocommoncore@gmail.com

Pearson's Plan to Control Education

Pearson's Plan to Control Education. This wonderful report was presented to the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation in June 2012. It lays out Pearson's plan to infiltrate and dominate education in North America. Key elements to their plan include:

Quality teaching and learning
Pearson is the provider of the set of rubrics used to assess teacher performance in New York and the provider of the model for teacher evaluation used in Tennessee. In 2006, Pearson bought National Evaluation Systems, the leading provider of customized state assessments for teacher certification in the U.S.


The company scaled up its exposure in this market through an agreement with Stanford University to develop a national licensure procedure which assesses pre-service teacher candidates. More than 25 states and 90 teacher preparation programs have signed on to outsource teacher assessment to Pearson-Stanford.


Flexibility and choice
Pearson is the second-largest operator of virtual schools, achieving this position by purchasing leading player, Connections Education, in September 2011, crossing the line from supporting schools to operating them. The Connections Academy division operates online charter schools in 21 states with 40,000 student-customers.


Learning empowered by technology
Pearson leads the student information systems (SIS) industry because of its purchase of Apple Computer’s PowerSchool and Burnaby, B.C.-based Chancery Software, in 2007


Unfortunately with education these days, everything is about money, and Pearson has found deep pockets in American parents who are easily duped into ever higher spend, er, investing in education. Leveraging their vast earnings to purchase other education companies, Pearson is poised to be a monolithic presence in education. 


From the report:

"The company moved decisively into the testing business well before its recent spate of acquisitions. Along with other testing companies, Pearson grew fat feasting on the mandatory testing required under George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind, and fatter still under Barack Obama’s Race to the Top. Pearson became a leader in testing as it did in so many other education businesses, by purchasing industry leaders. It bought National Computer Systems, the leading provider of test-scoring services, for an astonishing $2.5 billion US, in July 2000.5 Several months later George W. Bush was elected president on an education—read “testing”—platform. Just days after the election, a NCS- Pearson executive displayed a quote from Bush calling for state testing and individual school report cards and announced to a ballroom-full of Wall Street analysts, 'This almost reads like our business plan.' In 2007, perhaps anticipating Barack Obama’s reliance on testing as his major education policy, Pearson purchased Harcourt Assessment, one of the two leading producers of tests administered at the state level and owner of the Stanford Achievement Test (SAT), for $635 million."


The full report is now included on our Documents page. You can also download it here.

Updated map of states taking legislative action against Common Core. Twenty states in process, plus five states who did not adopt CC in the first place puts half the country potentially out of national standards. 


See our updated list on the right side bar of the grassroots groups opposing common core in these and other states.

Sir Michael Barber - The Black Knight of Global Education

Sir Michael Barber is a name you need to get to know and look out for. He is fast becoming the international guru of education reform and is a huge supporter of Common Core Standards. After ruining British education with his "Deliverology" he has begun consulting with education experts around the globe including here in the United States.

Read this great overview of who he is (one of his titles is CEO of Pearson), who he's associated with, and where he wants to go.

Why worry about Barber?  He wants “sustainable reform” which he defines as “irreversible reform” and aims to “make it so it can never go back to how it was before.”

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Contact Us:
Anne Gassel
636-448-2124

Gretchen Logue
314-378-6568

nomocommoncore@gmail.com

MCACC Calendar

Looking to hear more about common core in your area?  Check the calendar for a local presentation. If you know of an event in your area that is not listed, please add it to our calendar so others can attend. (You must be registered and logged in to add an event)
Monday, Apr 21 at 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday, Apr 23 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday, Apr 24 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday, Apr 26 at 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
MCACC Tip Line
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National Groups Opposing Common Core


American Association of Christian Schools

American Family Association

Americans For Prosperity

American Principles Project

Cato Institute

Concerned Women Of America

Conservative Teachers of America

Eagle Forum

Education Action Group Foundation

Freedom Works

Locke & Smith

Heartland Institute

Heritage Foundation

Home School Legal Defense Association John Locke Foundation

former Attorney General Ed Meese

National Federation of Republican Women

Pacific Research Institute

Public Interest Institute

Public Policy Institute

Sutherland Institute

Washington Policy Center

We The People

9-12 Groups


 

Facebook Pages Opposing Common Core

MCACC Brochure -Get Common Core Out Of Missouri

The MCACC brochure that you can take to your legislator, school board and other parents is now uploaded to our site. Find it here, or go to our resources page to find it along with other supporting documents.
Teachers, Administrators- are you intimidated by your district into silence about Common Core? Share your real thoughts on Common Core anonymously here

Alphabet Soup

Common Acronyms Used In Education


AYP – Average Yearly Progress

CCSSI – Common Core State Standards Initiative

CCSSO – Council of Chief State School Officers

DESE –Department of Elementary and Secondary Education – MO state level

DoEd – US Department of Education

ELA – English Language Arts

EPIC – Electronic Privacy Information Center

ESEA – Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965)

LEA – Local Education Agency (school board)

MAP – Missouri Assessment Program

MNEA - MO National Education Association

MOSIS – Missouri Student Information Systems

MSBA – Missouri School Board Association

MSIP- Missouri School Improvement Plan

MSTA – Missouri State Teachers Association

NCLB – No Child Left Behind (2004 revision of ESEA)

Nex Gen Tests – Next Generation computer adaptive tests being developed by SBAC

NGA – National Governors Association

PARCC – Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (like SBAC)

PD – Professional Development (post graduation teacher training arranged by the school district as a term of license retention)

RTTT – Race To The Top (grant program started in 2010 by the DoEd)

SBAC – Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (test developer and collection point for student test data)

Terrence Moore's "The Story Killers" Now Available

Terrence O. Moore, professor of history at Hillsdale College, is a teacher, education reformer, and author. Dr. Moore has testified in Indiana in opposition to common core and is an outspoken critic of the CCSSI ELA standards. He has written a book that takes Appendix B from CCSSI, which gives exemplar lessons for common core language arts, and reveals how the standards, and the associated focus on informational text, are a deliberate undermining of the great stories of our tradition, the stories that in former times trained the minds and ennobled the souls of young people. Those stories are now under attack, and the minds and souls of the nation's children are in peril.


His book, "The Story Killers" examines: What is the Common Core? How will the Common Core English Standards affect the teaching of great stories in our schools? Will there be any great stories left in the minds of our children when the Common Core has controlled the curriculum and testing of both public and private schools for a few years? What are the real purposes behind the educational coup that has taken place with very little public debate and even less understanding?  Professor Moore carefully examines both the claims made by the architects of the Common Core and the hidden agenda behind the so-called reforms that have been adopted by over forty states in the nation, with very few people understanding what is really going on. He not only challenges the illiberal aims of this educational regime, but actually analyzes lessons recommended in the Common Core English Standards and in the new textbooks bearing the Common Core logo. Such a thorough review exposes the absurdity, superficiality, and political bias that can only serve to dumb down the nation's schools.


About the author: A former Marine, Moore received his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, where he wrote on the history of education during the Enlightenment. He was the founding principal of Ridgeview Classical Schools in Fort Collins, Colorado, whose high school twice ranked first in the state. Since 2008 he has taught history at Hillsdale College, where he is also the principal advisor of the Barney Charter School Initiative and is helping set up dozens of classical charter schools. Dr. Moore has written on the topics of school reform, liberal education, and traditional manhood for the Claremont Review of Books, Human Events, The Family in America, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the author of The Perfect Game, a novel about real boys growing up in Texas. He lives with his wife and four children in Northeast Indiana.


The book is available in Kindle and paperback from Amazon