Common Core Aligned: “Common Core Quest” App

CommonCoreAligned“…to create just these kinds of tests—next-generation assessments aligned to the common core. When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces in the service of better teaching.” – Bill Gates, 2009 Speech To Natl. Conference of State Legislatures

The goal is to align everything so that students and the money have nowhere to go but Common Core.

Last time, Tabtor. Today we look at “Common Core Quest“, created by OpenEd Inc. and available on your phone.

At the iTunes store, there is this description and a glowing recommendation… from former CEO of ACT:

* Take quizzes to demonstrate mastery of Common Core Math and ELA skills. Fun, free and no ads.
* When you don’t achieve mastery, lets you play videos and games to learn.
* “I have yet to see any other app that ties together quizzing with the learning process itself more effectively.” – Richard Ferguson, former CEO, ACT
* Earn ribbons for each Common Core standard (e.g. “G.C.1 Prove all circles are similar”, achieve badges for achieving ribbons in entire strand (e.g. “High School Geometry/Circles”).
* Let your teachers, parents, and friends know about your badges/ribbons. Teachers see your results in easy to understand mastery charts
* Backed by the world’s largest Common Core-aligned resource catalog: Over one million videos, games, and assessments.
* SBAC and PARCC style questions from leaders in educational content: Pearson Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Riverside, Higher Learning Technology Corp., and OpenEd’s teacher community
* Quizzes for all Common Core Math and Language Arts standards for grades 6 and higher. Partial coverage of Elementary.

It’s more ‘gamification’ learning with SBAC and PARCC style questions based on all the Common Core publishing behemoths we’ve come to know and hate.

Standard privacy policy. They say they don’t share your personal information, however they likely share statistics they collect from the games. What a gold mine that would be to the groups they work with, right?

From their press room:  OpenEd Launches World’s Largest Catalog of Common Core-Aligned Videos and Games

About OpenEd Inc. via their LinkedIn page:

OpenEd is the largest K-12 educational resource library, offering over a million videos, games, assessments and courses for every Common Core Math, Language Arts, Literacy and Next Generation Science standard (in addition to other state standards).

OpenEd also offers the first free “modern” (Common Core, SBAC and PARCC-oriented) assessment tool. OpenEd’s assessments are “resource-backed”, meaning each question has videos and games associated with it. After a student takes a formative assessment OpenEd recommends just the right resources for the student to watch or play to gain mastery. This “formative flipped” approach enables universal personalized learning for each student for the first time.

OpenEd reports student mastery against assessments and standards. Unlike other mastery chart analytics, OpenEd makes recommendations on how students can achieve mastery by using specific resources.

While it integrates with all popular Learning Management Systems it offers its own simple “flipped classroom” LMS oriented to using resources. The OpenEd recommendation engine also suggests appropriate resources for each topic in the courses. OpenEd’s recommendation engine improves over time based on student performance.

Most content on OpenEd is free, but OpenEd also allows content owners to contribute premium paid content to the resource library. OpenEd charges these providers a referral fee: specifically a Cost Per Click (CPC) for each access. OpenEd’s CPC model is a fraction of cost to advertise via other Internet advertising with a much higher conversion rate.

To make access to paid content even easier, OpenEd will be introducing a $10 per month subscription model for teachers. The subscription provides a variety of private assessment questions and other premium content. Districts and schools can purchase subscriptions for all of their teachers at a discount, and also get more extensive analytics of student, teacher and school performance.

More from the bottom of one of their press releases, which says they were started in 2012:

About OpenEd
OpenEd was founded in 2012 with the goal of enabling teachers to have access to the best educational resources for their students, with a focus on finding the right resources to teach Common Core standards. To do this, OpenEd has built the world’s largest catalog of educational videos, games and assessments. OpenEd is committed to keeping all content available free to all educators worldwide. For more info visit

There is zero information on the website about who runs this company, but I dug a bit.


The CEO is a man named Adam Blum. Blum’s LinkedIn profile states that, “OpenEd closed what may be the largest seed fund round ever in ed tech in July of 2014″.

Gee, big seed money from where? PivotNorth Capital.

Their “Resource and Assessment Curator” was previously from McGraw Hill and they have a Russian writing code?

The street view of their address (20 South Santa Cruz Avenue, Suite 107 Los Gatos, CA 95030 United States) shows some kind of strip mall.

Their site WHOIS comes back as

Location US US, United States
City Seattle, WA 98109
ISP Amazon Technologies
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The Impending Hagan-Clinton Photo-Op

What a difference time makes.



In 1998, Hagan wanted little to do with being in a photo with a portrait of President Clinton and was worried it would send a message to voters that she condoned his affair. She pressured local media to ‘do something’ about the photo running with their story.

Now she’s ready to link arms with the same man in order to save her seat.

What kind of message is that sending, Senator Hagan?  Flip. Flop.

War on women!

Via the NRSC:

“Today, Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) will “proudly” stand side-by-side with former President Bill Clinton. It’s worth noting that it wasn’t that long ago that Kay Hagan was actually embarrassed to appear next to President Clinton. In fact, she even argued with reporters, pleading with them to not publish a photo of her and the President.

In 1998 Hagan insisted that a News and Record reporter “do something” about a photograph of her and Clinton. When asked about her objection, the News and Record reported that, “Hagan said she was worried about the impression her proximity to the Clinton portrait might leave on voters. ‘I’m saying publishing this picture would imply that I stand by or condone the president’s conduct and that would be a misrepresentation of my position,’ she said.”  “

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Unanswered Questions On NC’s Common Core SBAC Field Test

A few months ago, I requested information on the Common Core SBAC field tests that went on this past Spring in North Carolina. I asked twice but perhaps it was lost in the shuffle.

<> Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 9:20 AM
To: Vanessa Jeter <>
One last question on this topic if you don’t mind?
What funds were used to implement the test pilot of SBAC tests in NC this past spring? Where can I located a breakout by school of this information?
Thank you!  Have a great weekend!

AP Dillon

<> Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 9:00 AM
To: Vanessa Jeter <>

I just wanted to follow up on that final question of what funds were used to implement the SBAC pilot tests this spring and where I can obtain documentation of what schools participated and what funding they received to do so.

Thank you!
A.P. Dillon

I have yet to obtain an answer, so I am putting the questions out on the blog. Perhaps a response will drift in.

I’d like to add to the above question, with regards to parental notification. According to NC statute:

“(b1)      The Superintendent shall notify local boards of education by October 1 of each year of any field tests that will be administered in their schools during the school year, the schools at which the field tests will be administered, and the specific field tests that will be administered at each school.”

It would be helpful to see the documentation that went out from DPI to NC Schools with regard to administering this SBAC field test.

I have yet to find a school that told the parents this field test was being administered either.

If anyone reading this has any information related to these questions, drop it in the comments or email me at

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The Cabarrus Commissioner And The Library Suspensions

More fun at the Cabarrus County Commissioners latest meeting. Morris, Honeycutt and Cabarrus Jobs Now in the news again.

From Jason Oesterreich’s blog:

Time and time again, Commissioner Morris and Cabarrus Jobs Now have been caught lying and deceiving our voters (Commissioner Morris and soon-to-be-commissioner Diane Honeycutt co-founded Cabarrus Jobs Now together as a Political Action Committee).

When evil uses lies and deceit to take power from the innocent and unknowing, we must stand against it.

This morning, the Independent Tribune published an article stating that Commissioner Morris’s lies resulted in two library employees being suspended for 3 days each.  Also, in response to such behavior, the county manager had to send out a memorandum to county volunteers and the public stating, “First and foremost I want to apologize for any false, inaccurate, or misrepresentation of factual information that may have been distributed to you from our library staff.”  Commissioner Morris used the library staff and our county volunteers to spread lies.

There’s quite a bit more and video at the link.

Don’t bother going to the Cabarrus Jobs Now site, as of this morning it’s “Down until further notice.”  Someone page Diane Honeycutt to get that fixed:

Domain ID: D162646260-LROR
Creation Date: 2011-06-27T20:03:51Z
Updated Date: 2013-12-09T19:23:01Z
Registry Expiry Date: 2015-06-27T20:03:51Z
Sponsoring, LLC (R91-LROR)
Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 146
WHOIS Server: 
Referral URL: 
Domain Status: clientDeleteProhibited
Domain Status: clientRenewProhibited
Domain Status: clientTransferProhibited
Domain Status: clientUpdateProhibited
Registrant ID:CR86830077
Registrant Name:Diane Honeycutt
Registrant Organization:Team Honeycutt
Registrant Street: 2635 Danbury Circle NW
Registrant City:Concord
Registrant State/Province:North Carolina
Registrant Postal Code:28027
Registrant Country:US
Registrant Phone:+1.7047217130
Registrant Phone Ext: 
Registrant Fax: +1.7047821256
Registrant Fax Ext: 


Also, don’t bother with Twitter since they locked it down:

@CabarrusJobsNow’s Tweets are protected.

Only confirmed followers have access to @CabarrusJobsNow’s Tweets and complete profile. Click the “Follow” button to send a follow request.

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Sandy Hook Commission Wants Homeschools Monitored

From my “I told you so” files:

Under a new law proposed this week by Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, every homeschooling parent with a child who has been labeled with a behavioral or emotional problem would be forced to submit to a host of strict, burdensome regulations. - Daily Caller

Uh, come again? Who does the labeling? Using what criteria?

What does this have to do with education? Nothing.

This is nothing more than a means of tracking you and your kid.

Holder’s DOJ: ‘No Fundamental Right To Homeschool’

DOJ Refuses Asylum to German Family Persecuted For Homeschooling


Related Read:  So Why Be Concerned About the Data Tracking of Personally Identifiable Information? A Congressional Candidate Tells You Why.

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