“…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
“It’s just a set of standards.”
I’ve got some oceanfront property in Kansas to sell you if you believe that line.
EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products)is an initiative of the American Diploma Project (ADP) Network designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
The objectives are two-fold:
- Increase the supply of high quality lessons and units aligned to the CCSS that are available to elementary, middle, and high school teachers as soon as possible; and
- Build the capacity of educators to evaluate and improve the quality of instructional materials for use in their classrooms and schools.
EQuIP builds on a collaborative effort of education leaders from Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island that Achieve facilitated. The outcome of that effort was the development of the “Tri-State Rubrics” and a quality review process designed to determine the quality and alignment of instructional lessons and units to the CCSS.
The days of teachers and schools choosing their own curriculum and materials are ending.
Select groups like this are picking winners and losers. To borrow from Occupy, they are the 1% dictating to the 99%. Of course, the EQuIP page doesn’t say WHO these select people are.
Yes, North Carolina is tied to this thing via the American Diploma Project. Note the progressive moniker: Moving NC Forward.
EQuIP is not funded by Bill Gates. Shocker, I know. It’s Hewlett this time. See the bottom of the EQuIP handout:
“EQuIP is supported generously by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and MetLife Foundation.”
Date: June 2012
Purpose: to strengthen and expand the ADP Network, provide more support to states for CCSS implementation, and build strategic national and statewide alliances by engaging directly with key stakeholders
Regions Served: GLOBAL|NORTH AMERICA
Program: United States
Grantee Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Grantee Website: http://www.achieve.org