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"
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.
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.
KSDK.com reports Sen. Paul LeVota of Independence and House member Genise Montecillo of St. Louis have called for the resignation of Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro. Last week emails surfaced detailing the Commissioner’s involvement in drafting legislation regarding teacher evaluations with special interest groups and changing fiscal impact figures to local districts.
Nicastro has not been a great administrator, practicing her own brand of heavy-handed top down micromanagement that she was known for when she was superintendent, but the mess of common core cannot be laid entirely at her feet. Remember that our governor signed the state on to "development and implementation" of the common core standards in June 2009, six weeks before Nicastro was signed to be the new Commissioner of Education. In fact, agreement with the governor's solo decision was a requirement for the new commissioner and booted out the second choice candidate who was not so ready to charge head first into a set of untested standards. When it comes to common core, the buck starts and stops with the Governor. If Commissioner Nicastro were to resign, nothing would change with the state's implementation plans for Common Core or SBAC. Only a new Commissioner who publicly states a willingness to re-consider the state's commitment to the standards and standardized tests offers any hope of reason returning to our education path.
Read more about Commissioner Nicastro on Missouri Education Watchdog.
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."
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.
You're out at an event and the subject of common core comes up. You start talking and can't remember some of the details or worse, the people around you think you're some kind of conspiracy theorist. Unless you're like some of us MCACC presenters who travel around with briefcases loaded with copies of MOU's and screen captures, you were pretty much stuck - until now.
A developer has put together an app to help build Common Core Awareness. The app is available for all Apple devices and contains information from sources showing how Common Core could:
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.”
American Family Association
Americans For Prosperity
American Principles Project
Concerned Women Of America
Conservative Teachers of America
Education Action Group Foundation
Locke & Smith
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
Washington Policy Center
We The People
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 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
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