Category Archives: Common Core

Common Core Supporters Shift Talking Point

If there’s one thing everyone opposing Common Core has seen, it’s the talking point from the supporters saying that opposition to Common Core is “political”.

@educationgadfly says #CCSS should have been a “quiet experiment” and blames anti-Obamaism critics #stopcommoncore

— Stop CCSS in NYS (@StopCCSSinNYS) July 28, 2014

I’ve documented the ‘politicizing’ here in North Carolina – Rep. Cotham is one of the bigger offenders, but this talking point is a nationwide effort. Common Core supporters have a well-funded PR/messaging machine and they all tow the latest talking point lines.

Missouri Education Watchdog (MEW) has an article up documenting the latest shift.

#Commoncore is all about politics. Stop whining how it’s ‘political’. #stopcommoncore @LadyLiberty1885

— Logue (@manateespirit) July 28, 2014

In a nutshell:
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Common Core Aligned: Edulastic

Common Core Aligned.
“…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 no where to go but Common Core.

Last installment of Common Core Aligned, we looked at NC based Carson Dellosa Publishing. Today we’re looking at Edulastic, yet another example of industry cashing in on the Common Core aligned train. Edulastic was rolled out by SnapWiz. They’re an eLearning/Digital company. Check out their partners.

Edulastic is on Twitter and their profile says quite a bit: Continue reading

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ICYMI: Common Core, We Will Not Conform On Pete Kaliner Show (Audio)

In case you missed it Friday, I joined WWNC 570′s Pete Kaliner in the first segment of his show. We talked about Common Core and my participation in Glenn Beck’s Common Core event ‘We Will Not Conform’. You can listen to the podcast of the show here. Continue reading

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PARCC Chief: “This is not a testing agenda; it’s a equity agenda.”

PARCC Chief Laura Slover’s rhetoric at the Colorado Association of School Executive’s Same Speed CCannual summer meeting was stunning.

First, she believes these tests as ‘beautiful tools’ then she goes on an tear about equity and then says they are ‘game changers’. I think Ms. Slover needs a reality check. This is a very unpopular standardized test. Statements like these are not image improvers.

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Scotland Cty Board of Ed Confused On Common Core

The Scotland County Board of Education is confused on Common Core. They seem to think it’s a great idea and that the repeal of it is a bad idea. The following excerpts come from The Laurinburg Exchange’s article, School board decries state’s decision to repeal Common Core.

Scotland County’s Board seem more worried about the monkeying they are doing with test scores than with the fact Common Core is a fundamentally flawed experiment being performed on our kids. Here’s Board member Jamie Southerland expressing his test angst: Continue reading

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