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.


U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, and pretty much the rest of Congress, are saying that control of education had illegally been run federally, and that the December 10, 2015 education law (ESSA – Every Student Succeeds Act) gave power back to the states and local school districts.

But at the same time people in Congress said that through the new law (ESSA), the government will enshrine “into law a mandate for ‘college and career-ready’ education standards.”

There they go again using double-talk.

Enshrining into federal law the college and career-ready education standards, is not “local control” but it is “federal control.”  Mandating college and career-ready education standards, forces the content of textbooks and tests.

The state and local school boards should be dealing with the education standards — not the federal government.

A main point of the linked article is that, even though both democrats and republicans in Congress praised the education legislation mentioned above (ESSA – Every Student Succeeds Act) — the fact remains that David Coleman is head of the College Board (a private group) that owns and writes the ACT and SAT college entrance exams — and has aligned both the ACT and SAT to Common Core standards.

Congress said the law they passed in December (ESSA) gave power back to the states — but with both the ACT and SAT testing to Common Core standards — people in congress are mistaken.  Power over what is taught in the schools is still in the hands of the College Board — not local school districts or state school boards.  UNLESS schools decide not to use the ACT and SAT, and instead find an assessment that isn’t Common Core aligned, there is still no local control of content in the schools.


Along came   Vector ARC  (Assessment of Readiness for College).  At the time I wrote the April 1st blog 0084, the people at Vector ARC were looking for people to beta-test the Vector ARC.

I encourage you to go to the link for Vector ARC, and read how they have designed their product to bypass the fiasco called Common Core.  Note:  Common Core is nothing new.  It is just a continuation of previous maneuvers in education by Congress and the US Department of Education that have ended up dumbing down our education system in this country.

On the Vector ARC website:

” About Vector A.R.C. — Vector ARC Assessment of Readiness for College

“Even before the Common Core Standards had been fully deployed, parents and state legislatures began to push back against the new mandates. Numbers of those joining homeschooling communities skyrocketed. As those credited with the new standards moved to organizations responsible for much of the nation’s testing, the realignment of those assessments was a foregone conclusion. Although issues of potential accuracy and bias had existed previously, the inevitability of coming change created an urgent need for an alternate test.

“After years of painstaking work, the Vector ARC is ready for beta testing. In order to assure the highest level of accuracy possible, at least 1000 students will need to take part in the beta test. Any students with current SAT, ACT, or PSAT scores are invited to participate. Of course, the more reliable the data the more likely interested colleges and universities are to accept the ARC. Please, help ensure academic freedom. Encourage those you know to join the team and find safety in the ARC.

“Inaugural beta testing took place at Bryan College, in Dayton, TN. Additional testing dates are scheduled across the nation. It’s your turn to help preserve and restore academic freedom. Come find safety in the ARC. Register for a beta test today. For more information, contact info@vectorarc.com.”


The Vector site says their assessments of academic proficiency are not tied to a single curriculum.  They assess “both proficiency of subject matter as well as overall cognitive abilities” so students can better demonstrate their present strengths.

Finally:  they don’t send any private information on students to any third-party data bases or federal agencies.

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