Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

Working to regain local control of education in Missouri.

Use the Links page to find links to other sites dedicated to common core and documents that others have uploaded to the internet.

Use the Documents page to find documents created by MCACC and other original documents we have uploaded to the internet

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)

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.