Category Archives: SAT

0205_Intro to blog 0206_inadequacies of Common Core_DeVos mistaken about education_ESSA federalized Common Core__FEE is supported by people who want global control of education_Links to some blogs on this site that are about Common Core_Jeb Bush

Donna Jack
May 13, 2017/update May 15, 2017

FEE Chairman Jeb Bush_Meet our Board–meet our donors 2008-2016

Background information to supplement the next blog – Blog 0206

On May 6, 2017, Donna Garner distributed an article by Dr. Susan Berry, which is also the subject of the next blog (blog 0206).   Donna Garner is an invaluable resource.  You can email her, asking her to place your email on her distribution list — Wgarner1@hot.rr.com.

If you don’t know much about Common Core, you can learn a lot from Dr. Berry’s article and the video she linked within the article.  In the video, Jason Zimba admits Common Core does not prepare students for more than, at best, a non-selective junior college.  Jason was a lead writer of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

To learn about those people and organizations pushing Common Core,
the History and goals of Common Core – and its status

Go to Links to blogs, that can be found listed at the end of this article.  They give some detailed background, history and goals of Common Core.  They are good for beginners, as well as for those of us who have studied Common Core for years.  They can be a refresher and can offer new information. Continue reading

0160_The Classic Learning Test – alternative college entrance exam currently being used (Sept. 28, 2016 article by Shane Vander Hart)

Donna Jack
December 13, 2016/revised Dec. 24, 2016

This past week at several Christmas parties, the subject of secret brain washing of students came up, and data gathering.

In the 1980s I became aware of this subversive activity that has been going on in the schools of our country.  A teachers book entitled Teaching as a Subversive Activity It is just one instruction book in teacher subversion.  People are beginning to understand that the schools are “kidnapping” the minds of students.

See 0097 – A blog piece about VECTOR – serious competition for ACT and SAT.

This article below is about “The Classic Learning Test.”  It was forwarded to me by Donna Garner (Waco, Texas).

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THE CLASSIC LEARNING TEST:
AN ALTERNATIVE COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAM – BY SHANE VANDER HART – TAE – 9.28.16

Donna Garner

Thu 9/29, 8:25 AMDonna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>

9.28.16 – Truth in American Education

 “The Classic Learning Test: An Alternative College Entrance Exam”

BY SHANE VANDER HART 

http://truthinamericaneducation.com/homeschool-private-school/classic-learning-test-alternative-college-entrance-exam/

With SAT changes that has brought it into alignment with the Common Core, and ACT’s involvement in the creation of the standards, it is important that we find an alternative college entrance exam.

The Classic Learning Test (CLT) is an alternative that is actually being used now.  

The CLT came about specifically out of a need seen first-hand by its Founder, Jeremy Tate, who, while running a test-prep company, saw that homeschooled and privately educated students were being disproportionately discriminated against by being held to standards they had rejected. Continue reading

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

0097_The new Federal Education law doesn’t get rid of Federal control_the ACT and SAT are still Common Core aligned_their serious competition is VECTOR

Donna Jack
May 26, 2016

April 1, 2016, I posted a blog:  0084_Competition for the Common-Core-based ACT and SATs_looking for people to beta-test it.  The competition for the ACT and SAT is Vector ARC.

Today Forbes.com published:

The article begins:
“Guest post written by Justin Haskins, executive editor, The Heartland Institute.
“In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) swept through Congress, largely unopposed by leaders on both sides of the aisle. It is perhaps the only piece of legislation during Pres. Barack Obama’s time in office that appears to have pleased politicians of every persuasion. Many Democrats praised ESSA as a significant enhancement over the George W. Bush-era No Child Left Behind Act that finally enshrines into law a mandate for “college and career-ready” education standards. Republicans, notably Tenn. Sen. Lamar Alexander praised the legislation for allegedly shifting power back to state and local governments eager to avoid the increased control hoisted upon them by the Department of Education’s Common Core State Standards. . . . “

You can read the entire article here.

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0088_Analysis of a recent WSJ piece by Piereson and Riley_to have SAT be the only measure of college readiness_Bad Idea!

Donna Jack
April 13, 2016

Link to a March 30, 2016 article in the Wall Street Journal –
Here’s Why Tests Matter
by James Piereson and Naomi Schaefer Riley

This is the first blog piece about the above-linked article that recently appeared in the Wall Street Journal.  The title of the article is:  Here’s Why Tests Matter:  The SAT is especially important. With grade inflation, report cards are basically meaningless.”

I believe this  WSJ piece unintentionally recommends a solution that will further eliminate literacy in our country.  I suspect the authors of the article are trying to come up with a way to help overcome the fact that many of the grades of students in schools don’t reflect the incompetency and illiteracy of the students.  There are a number of reasons these grades are artificially high.

One reason for this false reporting is that teacher, counselor, administration, etc.  positions and salaries are directly related to the test scores of the students  under them.  Teachers and others don’t want to fail along with their students.  Also, failing teachers means failing schools – which may mean school closures or other unpleasant consequences.

Some lies about school achievement take place to protect jobs, or to placate parents.

False reporting of grades makes it challenging to figure out which grades accurately reflect the academic knowledge of students.  These false reports help hide the fact that education is diminishing across this country.

Very sad is the fact that too many people think it is alright to lie.

These inflated grades should not be used as a reason to discard all grades.  Thankfully some people are still honest (a virtue that is neither encouraged in most national curriculum nor encouraged within most schools anymore).   Still, some students have actually earned the grades they have (whether those grades are high, average or low). Continue reading

0086_Launching of complete index to 86 blogs on this site_access them all easily_it will be updated as blogs are added

Donna Jack – April 2, 2016

Link to new index of all 86 blog posts.

Dear friends and family,

It is with tremendous gratitude that I thank Geri Zahner-Heasley for designing this site and giving it to me, setting it up, and spending countless hours struggling with me so I could begin to use the site.  The work began last July.

There are, as of today, 86 blog posts, including this one.  As the number of blogs increased, it became increasingly difficult to maneuver through the blogs, making it seem as if most of them had never been written.  So finally, today there is an index that lists every blog, starting with the most recent, and going all the way back to the first one last July.  It is so easy to use, and can be copied, pasted and printed out or saved!

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0061_Compare the Frameworks of The 2010, 2014 and 2015 AP US History (Type #2 Education is destroying education)

by Donna Jack–published February 15, 2016

Introduction – Unions didn’t want Type #2 education revealed to the public.

This blog post was begun in July 2015, put away, partly re-written, and published now. I decided this background needed to be recorded, so that people can understand what imaginary excuse the unions concocted. They used this made-up excuse of censorship to recall 3 conservative (non-union supported) people who were the majority board members on the Colorado Jefferson County School board at the time. These three school board members were John Newkirk, Julie Williams and Ken Witt.  The unions were mad that they had lost control that they had held over the school district for decades!

This article briefly explains the APUSH ( Advanced Placement U.S. History) Frameworks from 2010, 2014 and 2015, the later two of which are totally prescribed censored US history curriculum. They are Type #2 education. At the possible threat of their Type #2 curriculum  being revealed to the public, the unions falsely accused the majority on the school board of censorship (while they themselves were the censors of US History). The people making these false accusations were the Jeffco unions, paid agitators, the two democrat women on the school board (Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman) and misinformed parents and students, who had been told lies, and then parroted those lies, reacting with hatred toward the majority on the board.

Type #1 and Type #2 Education – Common Core is Type #2 Education Continue reading

0016_Terrible News About 2015 SAT Results – By Donna Garner _ 2015-09-07

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From: Donna Garner <wgarner1@hot.rr.com>
Sent: Monday, September 7, 2015 2:06 PM
To: Donna Garner
Subject: TERRIBLE NEWS ABOUT 2015 SAT RESULTS – BY DONNA GARNER – 9.7.15

“Terrible News About 2015 SAT Results”
By Donna Garner
9.7.15

http://www.educationviews.org/terrible-news-2015-sat-results/

The newly released 2015 SAT scores are the lowest they have been in 40 years, and the Writing section has the lowest scores out of all three sections.

On the present version of the SAT implemented in 2005, there is a Writing section that has two sub-scores, one of which tests students’ English grammar and usage knowledge.

In fact, that sub-score (49 multiple-choice grammar and usage questions) is worth 70% of the Writing score; the essay only counts 30%.

The College Board took a very ambitious step when it conducted and then published its research report on June 17, 2008: http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/sat/the-sat-writing-section.pdf.

This report proves that the best predictor of college success for freshmen is how well students did on the SAT Writing section. Continue reading