Category Archives: PARCC and Smarter Balance

0206_Education Secretary Betsy DeVos Implies Common Core Are ‘High Standards’ — she is wrong — by Dr. Susan Berry (May 6, 2017)_Dr. Sandra Stotsky_ Mike Pence_Dr. Jason Zimba_Dr. James Milgrim_Ze’ev Wurman

Donna Jack
May 13, 2017/update 12:52 p.m./updated 2017-05-15

THIS IS A FOLLOW-UP ON BLOG 0205–Go to Blog 0205 for background information connected with this article.

Comments about:   Common Core and ESSA – and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Common Core was coercively pushed on school districts and states across our country,  (using force and threats in addition to bribery) — it was deceptively implemented, keeps growing in its scope, and has not gone away.

Common Core was officially made federal law (ESSA) in December 2015.  If Betsy DeVos does not know that, or if she does and is hiding it, she should not be our Education Secretary.  We need someone who will honestly and thoroughly champion for local control of education — not just in words, and not just in little parts – but have local control truly be the top priority.

Go to the end of Blog 0205, for some links to other blogs on this website that deal with Common Core.  They contain information that will be helpful to people who know nothing about Common Core, and they are also excellent resources for people who have studied Common Core for years.

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5.6.17 – Breitbart

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/05/06/education-secretary-devos-implies-common-core-high-standards/

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says though Common Core no longer exists – itself a controversial statement – she hopes states will still “shoot high.”

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0106_Common Core – not what its supporters thought it was_Some history of Race to the Top (RTTT) and Common Core in Colorado

Donna Jack
June 15, 2016

the Core standards do not do academically what supporters said they would and that linking them to high-stakes tests harms students.” [This quotation is from an article written by Valerie Strauss, linked here, and spoken of in blog 0108.

From the beginning, many people knew where RTTT and Common Core would lead.

There are people across our country who have known since the introduction of Race to the Top (RTTT) in 2009, that it would be a giant step toward putting all control of public, private and home schooling, into the hands of a few people.

This is part of a planned takeover of the control of education by people outside our government.  It is being funded mostly by our own tax dollars.  This subject is talked about in blog 0074_Common Core: Subversive Threat to Education_Karen Bracken_April 8, 2013_YouTubeHere you can also find a “searchable” transcript of the entire YouTube of Karen Bracken’s presentation.

Those who want centralization of our education system were pleased with RTTT (the funding and implementation apparatus for Common Core).

People aware of this government take-over of our education system, have been spreading the word, in the hope of getting back local control.

Some people who in 2009 – 2004 were supporting Common Core and Race to the Top (RTTT) thought they would help improve our education system.

Some people who did not want centralized control, and at the same time didn’t understand the implications of RTTT (which forced Common Core education uniformity throughout our country) — still supported RTTT and Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  They gave their support to CCSS, thinking they would only be a national recommendation for minimum goals that individual states should aim for.  They would say, “Common Core State Standards are recommendations with no strings attached, and we can choose to follow or ignore them — they are just a recommended floor (minimum standard),  not a ceiling.”  They Continue reading

0089_2013 Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference_Debate with Laura Boggs for Common Core, and Jim Stergios against Common Core_supporting links and info.

Donna Jack
April 18, 2016

The  Common Core Debate at the 2013 Steamboat Institute Freedom Conference took place at the Steamboat Grand Resort in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.  It was the Steamboat Institute‘s 5th Annual Freedom Conference.

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Laura Boggs in support of Common Core, and Jim Stergios against Common Core

Linked:
1)  YouTube of the debate [1:18] that took place August 23, 2013 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
2)  Transcript by Donna Jack–and links to all 37 audio tracks_Boggs_Stergios_ divided into 37 tracks.
3)  This is a link to a document with links to all 37 audio tracks aligned with 37-track transcript.
4)  Each of the 37 audio tracks, aligned with the transcript, are also linked at the end of this blog.
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MODERATOR AND DEBATE PARTICIPANTS:

Former US Congressman Bob Schaffer, moderator.

Bob was on the Colorado State Board of Education in 2010, and voted against Common Core when four of our seven state school board members voted to bring Common Core into Colorado, August 2, 2010.  Randy DeHoff (republican), voted with the three democrats to bring us Common Core.  Bob is the principal of Liberty Common High School.
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Laura Boggs debated in support of Common Core.

Laura was elected to the Jefferson County public school district in 2009, and is greatly disturbed that far too many students are not learning what they need to learn in school to become functioning literate adults.  Laura is a Univ. of Michigan grad in business administration, and a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies.

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Jim Stergios debated against Common Core.

Jim is Executive Director of the Pioneer Institute, a Boston-based think tank founded in 1988.  He has a PhD from Boston University.  He has taught at the university level, and was headmaster at a preparatory school.  He runs (at the time of the debate) a prep school in Japan.
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0059_ED WEEK: PARCC SCORES LOWER FOR STUDENTS WHO TOOK EXAMS ON COMPUTERS — 2.3.16

[Gramma Grizzly comment:   Whether a student uses a computer or paper and pencil to take an assessment, may not be the explanation for score differences.  Or it may.  Why not go to paper and pencil and get rid of the computer assessments?  Better yet, why not get rid of the assessments?  Stop wasting the time of teachers and students preparing for assessments that don’t even measure the education of students, but measure instead  their attitudes, beliefs and behaviors.

Going entirely to computer assessments, or adjusting results to eliminate the discrepancy between computer-taken and paper-taken assessments, may just mask serious deficiencies – like the problem of illiteracy that is growing in our country.

I know of students and adults who cannot read, or tell time, write letters and numbers, or write clearly enough for someone else to read their writing.  These are not people in “poor neighborhoods.”  This is a frightening condition spreading throughout our country!

Question:  If, to a great degree, students who take assessments on computers seem to score much lower than students taking assessments using paper and pencil — why not give everybody paper and pencil, rather than lower the scores of those who use paper and pencil to “make up” for the difference in score results?  (Question:  who is using paper and pencil for assessments?  Who decides what to measure with these assessments?)

One of the goals of federal standardized education is to gather information on every student, their friends, teachers, family and their life in general.  All this is gathered in order to help “someone up above” design “individualized education” for each student, in order to mold each individual’s attitudes, beliefs and behaviors into a predetermined product.  What is that product?]

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Subject: ED WEEK: PARCC SCORES LOWER FOR STUDENTS WHO TOOK EXAMS ON COMPUTERS — 2.3.16

2.3.16 – Ed Week

PARCC Scores Lower for Students Who Took Exams on Computers

By Benjamin Herold

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/02/03/parcc-scores-lower-on-computer.html

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0045_Jane Robbins- Common Core and Data Collection _ posted on YouTube Nov. 20, 2013

Jane Robbins continues to be very active informing the public of what is going on in Federal Compulsory Schooling, warning that the Federal government is working toward controlling private and home schools  as well.

She has been alerting people, explaining the great mistakes that our elected Senators and Representatives are making in D.C.  Elected officials are believing lies told them which claim the pieces of legislation will help return control in education back to the state and to local school boards.

This is an excellent YouTube in which Jane talks about the data collection that continues to take place in schools every day – and the dangerous results from all this continual data-gathering.

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11.20.13 — Jane Robbins and Data Mining — YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYnteSxVMjw