Well, as Common Core and the high stakes testing controversy heats up nationwide, more calls for accountability and of conflicts of interest emerge. We’ve seen Oklahoma Governor Fallin be called out for her dual role with the National Governors Association. This time in Massachusetts.
The School Committee voted unanimously to ask officials to review a conflict of interest involving Mitchell D. Chester, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The Peabody School Committee continues to be concerned about the new Common Core standards and is asking state officials to review a potential conflict of interest involving Mitchell D. Chester, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
The School Committee voted unanimously to ask officials to review the conflict of interest because Chester also serves as chairman of the governing board for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, a consortium that developed the new assessment system that will likely replace the MCAS tests in 2015, reported The Boston Globe.
Breitbart restates the issue:
Mitchell Chester is both the Commissioner of the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education in Massachusetts and the national chair of the governing board of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), one of the two testing consortia, the role of which is to develop assessments aligned with the highly controversial Common Core centralized academic standards.
Have a gander at why this truly is a conflict with Chester’s involvement at PARCC and the money to be made there over at Mercedes Schneider’s blog. Schneider also gets into the CCSSO connection to PARCC and Pearson. Ah, the CCSSO – one of the two trade groups along with Acheieve Inc. who foisted the copyrighted Common Core on us. That leads me to point out, yet again, the conflict of interest right here in North Carolina with Dr. Atkinson serving as both NC State Superintendent of Schools AND President elect of the CCSSO.
Citizens are now becoming aware of this point, as seen in the public comments given at the meeting of the Common Core Legislative Research Committee meeting on March 20th. Check out the second speaker, parent Barbie Harper, at the 2:05 mark. Listen to her full comments.
“And parents are asking…which hat is Dr. Atkinson wearing in this embattled cause? President elect of CCSSO or State Superintendent?” (3:52 mark)
Which hat, indeed.
Here’s the full video: