Common Core And Minority Students

Test results in multiple states over the last two years have come back showing a greater disparity and drop in scores since the introduction of Common Core. NC’s were atrocious. Minority scores have, arguably, been hardest hit. So then why does an organization like this one below seem to be sold on the idea Common Core is what the black community needs?  Money? Did they swallow the ‘career and college ready’ bait that hard? Is their idea of college ready being prepared for a 2 year non-selective college? Because that is the stated goal of Common Core.

Perhaps someone should show BAEO the testimony of Dr. Gary Thompson, wherein he lays out the testing around Common Core and how they are discriminatory against minorities and special needs kids.

Press release below.

From: Black Alliance for Educational Options <>
Date: June 10, 2014 at 10:01:58 AM EDT
Subject: Why Support Common Core?

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Why Support Common Core?

Several of you attended the “Why Should I Support Common Core?” session at the 2014 BAEO Annual Symposium in New Orleans, LA. The session sparked great dialogue about the Common Core State Standards, how they were created, and the need for higher academic standards for all children. Session feedback demonstrated a desire to keep you informed and to provide more information on Common Core. Therefore, we are committed to staying connected with you and engaging you in the Common Core conversation.

In October of 2013, the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) wrote an op-ed entitled “This isn’t about choosing sides. It’s about choosing children” where we outlined the key tenets of Common Core and how it can benefit Black children from low-income and working class families. We encourage you to read that op-ed which can be foundhere.

The Common Core conversation is still prevalent and politically charged. Although there is debate among political parties on the importance of Common Core, this should not be a partisan issue but rather an issue of needing higher academic standards for our children. BAEO strongly believes that all children should be prepared for college and career success; therefore we have closely monitored Common Core legislation in our key states.

In the 2014 state legislative sessions, legislation to halt state implementation of Common Core and the testing associated with Common Core known as the PARCC assessments was presented in Alabama, Kentucky, and Louisiana. BAEO is happy that these bills did not pass. Our children need to be held to high academic standards and adequately prepared for college and the workforce. In the 2014 Tennessee state legislative session, a bill was passed that will delay the state’s implementation of the PARCC assessments until the 2015-16 school year. BAEO is concerned about the state’s decision to delay the PARCC assessments. In order to effectively assess how students are learning through Common Core, there needs to be an assessment put in place that aligns to the Common core standards. However, BAEO is happy that Common Core standards will still be implemented in the state. Math and English Language (ELA) standards will continue and science and social studies standards will not be implemented this coming year.

Please let us know your thoughts and what questions remain for you about Common Core. We are happy to be a resource to you.


Tiffany Forrester
Director of Policy and Research

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About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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