Category Archives: Education

NY Ed Officials Used Common Core Math To Tally Opt Outs?

Some education officials in New York are blaming a ‘coding error’ in their database for the reason why they only reported that 1,925 students opted out of Common Core tied Math and English language exams this past Spring.

The real numbers? 26,949 skipped the Math. 22,656 skipped the English. That’s one heck of database coding error. Continue reading

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WCPSS’s Envision “Strategic Plan” And Phil Kirk

Earlier this week, I wrote about the Wake County Schools “Envision” Campaign costing over $58k to date. I was corrected by WCPSS on Twitter — it’s not a campaign, it’s a “strategic plan”. @LadyLiberty1885 That’s the point. The 51k is … Continue reading

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Nevada Pro Core Outfit Defines ‘Career and College Ready'; Deletes Tweet

The other day on Twitter, @Nevada Ready responded to a tweet of mine. I went back to reply to @NevadaReady only to find their tweet was gone.

Wondering why @NevadaReady deleted this tweet? Maybe b/c def. they pt to is stil not defined?

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) August 16, 2014

I went to their link in their tweet, because I’ve seen tweets like this ‘disappear’ so I had emailed it to myself. In order to read @NevadaReady’s definition of “career and college ready”, I had to download a report. So I did.
Here is what it said: Continue reading

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Common Core and the Struggle For Stupidity

Begin Rant:
Those engaged in fighting Common Core know how it is destroying the love of reading in our youngest learners. Common Core asks a kid to read a book, comprehend every facet of the book from title and author to extrapolating on story narratives and plots. They then have to write about it – without prompting. Remember these kids are ages 5-8 years old. Common Core attempts to take kids who are concrete thinkers to make them abstract thinkers. It’s developmentally improbable, but Common Core tries anyway with age and developmentally inappropriate standards in K-3. Continue reading

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NC Should Follow Iowa’s Lead And Withdraw From SBAC

Iowa has declared it will be withdrawing from the Common Core assessment group, Smarter Balanced. North Carolina has repealed Common Core from the state statutes and should also withdraw.

So should NC, @DrJuneAtkinson @PatMcCroryNC => Iowa exits Common Core SBAC #stopcommoncore #sbac #nced

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) August 13, 2014

There is no reason whatsoever for NC to continue in this consortium:

Then we should withdraw. RT @DrJuneAtkinson: @Nancyccta We aren’t using Smarter Balanced to test in NC. Read SBE minutes of 12/13.

— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) July 26, 2014

The cost of SBAC tests is heavy. North Carolina was spending $10 per student but using SBAC and optional assessments would jack the cost to approximately $27.31 — nearly triple the cost :

“The SBAC predicts a per pupil cost of $19.81 for summative assessments, plus $7.50 for optional benchmark assessments.”


North Carolina Must Withdraw from SBAC Part 1
North Carolina Must Withdraw from SBAC Part 2 Continue reading

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