“…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.
I had recently written how ACT was moving to a new test, ASPIRE, which is Common Core aligned. I mentioned the impact this would have on Homeschoolers and online learners opting out of public schools due to Common Core. Here is another hit on those same groups. Starting this year, 2014, The GED is now Common Core aligned.
Look to page seven of the Complete Assessment Guide for Educators (pdf):
The new assessment targets are derived from the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and similar career and college-readiness standards in place in Texas and Virginia.
Common Core is referenced 107 times in the document. This includes applying it to Social Studies. Related reading: 2002 to 2014: A Content Comparison
Gee, Pearson again. Also, the American Council on Education is a big Gates money recipient.
*Crossposted at StopCommonCoreNC.org