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More ‘politicizing’ from Rep. Tricia Cotham. cotham core politicizing
She sat on the Common Core Legislative Research Committee, yet continues to ignore the reality of these flawed, experimental standards and the public outcry on Common Core. Instead, she insists on attempting to demonize opposition.
During debate of the bill (SB 812) to repeal and replace Common Core in North Carolina, State House Rep. Cotham (D-100) continued to politicize the measure. She even invoked the President’s name in order to try and politicize the vote:
Cotham just politicized the Common Core again while saying it has become political. She just threw in Obama. #StopCommonCore #NCGA
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) July 16, 2014
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.
Here are a few reminders related to this turn of events with ACT. Continue reading
Another day, another News and Observer Common Core fiasco. John Frank has gotten really skilled at regurgitating talking points instead of actual reporting. I could pick this latest attempt down line by line, but frankly I don’t have the time to waste. I will hit highlights instead. This section bothered me: Continue reading
The NC General Assembly’s House passed SB 812, however Rep. Cotham snuck in two amendments. At first glance they seem innocuous, however upon closer inspection it’s clear one of them is a bit slippery. The amendment in question is A1: S812-ATL-60-V-2.
The text of the amendment is as follows:
“construed to prohibit (i) implementation of the International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, or other nationally available educational programs or curricula, or (ii) an official, employee, agency, or board of the State”.
The original text of SB 812 reads as follows:
“Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to prohibit an official, employee, agency, or board of the State from seeking and being granted a waiver from federal law provided that the General Assembly Of North Carolina conditions for the waiver do not require the State to cede or limit its discretion or control over the development, adoption, or revision of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and related assessments.”
The amendment rewrites line 50 of SB 812 so as to allow for the Department of Public Instruction or other education entity in North Carolina to bypass the legislature in order to allow private entities to be engaged in the assessment of our children. The phrasing also leaves the door open for a national curricula or program to be used. The intent here is clear and that is to keep Common Core in the mix.
The Senate would do wisely to strip this amendment entirely or revise it, lest they wish to have one of the many heads of Common Core pop back up in their faces like an annoying whack-a-mole game. A related piece of reading for the Senate that is arguably related to this language change by Ms. Cotham: Common Core Aligned: WorkKeys.
Cotham’s own tweets confirm this and to which I responded to, calling out the intent: Continue reading
The North Carolina General Assembly’s House passed SB 812 and is sending it to the Senate for concurrence. Should the Senate concur and pass it, the bill then should go to the Governor.
#SB812 passes the #NCGA House and heads to the Senate. NC is one step closer to returning real education to NC! #StopCommonCore
— LL1885 – A.P. Dillon (@LadyLiberty1885) June 24, 2014
The bill passed the second reading 75-39. Take a look at who voted NO on it and wishes to keep our children tethered to the fundamentally flawed and experimental Common Core. Remember that in November.
KEEP READING…. Continue reading