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Over the weekend, I wrote about the fact that perhaps it was time for the #OptOut movement to take shape in North Carolina.
On Saturday, the News and Observer published an article by Mary Nelson of Guilford county. Read it here: Why NC needs an opt-out option for school testing.
Parental rights are disappearing; by virtue of your child being in public school, educrats and the state are usurping the rights of parents to direct their child’s education.
A second, related letter has been sent to me by the NC Academic Freedom Alliance. Common Core is at the root of the over-testing of our children and it will only get worse.
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Welcome back to another installment of Pearson Is Everywhere!
Last time, we looked at Pearson getting dumped by LAUSD in California.
Today, we get a look at the over 175,000 students who opted out of the Common Core PARCC test, which is created and written by Pearson.
Not only did droves of students opt out, there are reports of horrifyingly bad test questions.
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These are the Common Core Weekend Reads for April 12, 2015.
This is a review of the past week of news on Common Core nationwide and in North Carolina…
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Rev. Al ‘Resist We Much’ Sharpton has summoned from his extensive experience in academics to defend Common Core’s high-stakes testing.
Yes, that’s right, we should all be listening to a man who can’t even read a teleprompter.
That sound you hear? It’s Common Core supporters cracking open a bottle of something really stiff after seeing that video and reading this article….
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Another teacher has resigned over the Common Core testing.
This time it’s the winner of the top teacher award given out by the Live With Kelly And Michael show. This time the teacher is from Ohio.
“Gasps of disbelief” accompanied her announcement.
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ACT, the same group that does the college entrance exam and of which I wrote about their multi-grade job assessments that begin in 8th grade apparently will be developing assessments for Kindergarteners. Via Huffington Post:
WASHINGTON — A new digital tool to test academic and behavioral skills will target students starting in kindergarten.
ACT, the organization that developed the ACT college-entrance exam, will start testing the tool in the fall. It will be available to schools starting in 2014.The tool tracks students’ career interests, academic performance and progress toward goals. It’s designed to follow students from kindergarten through high school.
Jon Erickson, president of ACT’s education division, said the goal is to identify and address gaps in skills needed for college and the workforce. The assessment combines traditional testing with teacher-led projects to generate an instant, digital score.
It’s a multimillion dollar project, ACT officials said, but will be affordable and easily accessible.
Schools won’t be compelled to use the new tool, but Erickson said he anticipates that entire states or groups of states will choose to utilize it. The tool can be customized to include state-specific benchmarks and other performance measures.
In the testing and educrat world, where data is God, it seems perfectly normal to start testing, poking and prodding a child of 5. Most 30-year-olds don’t know what they want to do for a career, here we are testing 5 year olds like they hold the key to cracking future job selection. Pidgeon-holing our kids. That’s what we’re ultimately doing here.
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