WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COMMON CORE
The Common Core’s Mission Statement is to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. However:
- One of the key writers was quoted as saying that “the concept of college readiness is minimal and focuses on non – selective colleges.”
- Several of the highly regarded education experts who were asked to be part of the validation committee for the standards refused to sign the validation statement.
- Early childhood health and education professionals expressed their concerns that the standards conflicted with research about how children learn, what they need to learn and how to teach them in kindergarten and early grades.
- The Math Standards end with Algebra 2, which means that students who want to apply to top colleges or pursue careers in STEM majors will not meet the necessary math criteria.
- The English/Language Arts standards Writing Group did not include any English professors or high school English teacher; and the presumption that increasing informational text and decreasing classic literature will benefit students lacks researched evidence.
- While states were allowed to supplement the Common Core State Standards with an additional 15% of their own state – specific standards, Connecticut decided it would not add state specific standards for ELA or mathematics. How will this decision affect Connecticut students who break through the common core academic ceiling?
By applying for Race To The Top Funds in 2009, Connecticut agreed to adopt the Common Core Standards before they were even developed. This leaves one wondering, which element played a larger role in CT’s decision to adopt the Common Core Standards: the chance to win grant money or a thorough review of the academic value of the standards?
Connecticut entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. As a result, the state agreed to fully implement the SBAC summative assessment in grades 3-8 and high school no later than 2014-2015. This March the field test, which is untimed, will be administered. Because this is a “test of the test” students will not receive scores, but will be required to enter their personal information. Why?
- Teachers who took the Smarter Balance Test in December as part of the early release reported serious flaws and concerns. Collectively they felt that the SBAC test was inappropriate for students and that the results would not be an accurate measure of their academic achievements. Instead, they felt that the SBAC test would be a test of computer skills and a student’s ability to endure through a cumbersome task.
- By definition, a standardized test is a test in which the same test is given in the same manner to all test takers. However, because the test is untimed, students may be given breaks as needed. Students may take the test on computers or tablets. How is this standardized?
- Several states are now questioning the testing process and are considering other testing options as a result of the costs associated with testing.
In order to receive approval for the Elementary and Secondary School Education Act, Connecticut agreed to establish a P – 20 Council.
- This is a system “for linking data across the agencies that serve individuals as they progress from early childhood through education programs and into the workforce.”
- P – 20 stands for Preschool through age 20, or the span over which student data will be collected. This is part of the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS).
- The National Education Data Model website defines hundreds of types of data that states may collect on the P – 20 database.
- The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), amended in 2012, outlines ways personal identifying information can be shared with schools without parent permission.
- How is this SLDS possible considering that part of the Federal School Law states, “Nothing in this act shall be construed to authorize the development of a nationwide database of personally identifiable information on individuals involved in studies or other collection of data under this act.”?
Common Core is NOT about education.
It is a combined federal government and corporate takeover of our entire national education system as evidenced by Secretary Arne Duncan’s stated goal “to have the federal government take more control over American Schools than ever before” AND Bill Gate’s goal of aligning the CC tests, curriculum and standards in order to create a “uniform customer base”.
Common Core HAS been implemented in schools across Connecticut.
Common Core IS putting financial strain on our schools.
Teachers across Connecticut ARE considering giving up teaching because the Common Core has polluted the classroom, stripped the joy from teaching and is doing nothing to help children.
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