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COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS

Are They Right For The State of Oklahoma?

What Are The Common Core State Standards?


The CCSS are a set of English/Language Arts and Mathematical standards for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade

Roadmap to The Common Core

Oklahoma Origins of Common Core State Standards (CCSS)


The Common Core State Standards comprise one paragraph on page 30 of a 34 page bill containing other education reform issues, written to make Oklahomas Race To The Top grant more competitive. SB2033 didnt pass the first time it had to be brought up again for a majority Like all state legislatures that adopted CCSS early on in the process, Oklahoma passed the bill adopting them before the final draft of the standards had been made available for review. http://www.corestandards.org/resources/process

National Origins of Common Core State Standards Are They State Led?
State Led is a term used by the NGA to message the idea that the CCSS were created locally; state by state HISTORY shows a different story

Achieve was working on College and Career Ready Standards as early as 2006

Achieve PARTNERED with NGA and the CCSSO

Achieve was created by the Bill Gates Foundation and other business leaders as well as the NGO and CCSSO.

CV of John Kraman, the Department of Educations highest paid employee; the Executive Director of Student Information.
As early as 2004 Mr. Kraman reports working on College and Career ready standards at the American Diploma Project in Washington, DC.

Like the NGA, the Council of Chief State School Officers is a private organization not subject to open records laws No accountability to taxpayers or parents.

NGA receives a mix of tax dollars, donations and nearly 5 million dollars in federal funds. Not all Governors belong. Governor Mary Fallin is the Vice-Chair of the NGA in line to become the Chair of the NGA.

Are The Common Core Federal Standards


Federal educational standards as well as a national database are prohibited by federal law.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/67808823/Presentation-for-Interim-Committee Pg 2

NGA receives a mix of tax dollars, donations and nearly 5 million dollars in federal funds PARCC (the Partnership for Assessments of College and Career Ready Standards) is one of the consortia developing CCSS tests
PARCC received ARRA funds to help develop tests http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-assessment/awards.html

Feds have now said they will review the PARCC assessments Neal McClusky (CATO Institute)

And what is tested, of course, ultimately dictates what is taught, at least if the test results are to have any concrete impact, ranging from whether students advance to the next grade, to whether schools gain or lose funding. Since the ultimate point of uniform standards is to have essentially uniform accountability from state to state, they will have to have some concrete impact, rendering this a clear next step in a major Federal incursion into curricula.
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/living-indialogue/2013/04/common_core_state_standards_to.html

What Will the Common Core State Standards Initiative Cost Oklahoma?
Without RTT funds, Common Core becomes an unfunded mandate either the state will fund school overages due to CCSS or the school will have to fund through the community either way, the taxpayer foots the bill Dr. Barresi has never answered the question of CCSS cost when asked by the media
We anticipate the costs of implementation to be covered by the current state budget that includes such line items as professional development and assessments...There may be some additional technology costs at the district level, but these are technology upgrades school districts should be implementing regardless of whether Oklahoma implements the Common Core State Standards. So the argument about costs is essentially a red herring.

Western Heights Superintendent Joe Kitchens applied for 475,000 in ERate grants to cover bandwidth needs Putnam City ran a 2013 Technology for Learning Bond Election for 6 million dollars

Are the Common Core State Standards Effective?


Math
oNumerous experts have complained that the math standards are out of context for various grades oUshers in fuzzy or constructivist math

James Millgram, Professor Emeritus at Stanford University and a member of CCSSO/NGA Validation Committee refused to sign off on the standards for several reasons including:
The Core Mathematics Standards are written to reflect very low expectations. More exactly, the explicitly stated objective is to prepare students not to have to take remedial mathematics courses at a typical community college. They do not even cover all the topics that are required for admission to any of the state universities around the country, except possibly those in Arizona, since the minimal expectations at these schools are three years of mathematics including at least two years of algebra and one of geometry.

ENGLISH
National Council of English Teachers has said, Document claims to be evidence-based, but we note that none of the evidence has been drawn from peer-reviewed research journals or similar sources, but mainly consists of surveys done by testing companies (ie; Pearson) Dr. Sandra Stotsky, Professor of Education Reform at University of Arkansas also a former member of the CCSSO/NGA Validation Committee who refused to sign off on the standards has said, States adopting Common Cores standards will damage the academic integrity of both their post-secondary institutions and their high schools precisely because Common Cores standards do not strengthen the high school curriculum and cannot reduce the current amount of postsecondary remedial coursework in a legitimate way.

Eliminates much classic fiction in favor of informational texts such as government documents.

Common Core State Standards Are A Mechanism for Capturing Lots and Lots and Lots of Student Data

How Is Student Data To Be Collected In Oklahoma?


o In order to get a RTT grant, Oklahoma had to declare our intent to create a Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) also called P20 (P = PreK, 20 = 20 years of age) or P20-W (PreK to 20 years into workforce) o Oklahoma created a P20 Council via law (SB222, 2009) o Why is a P20 necessary? Arne Duncan 2009, The common denominator forpolicy decisions was that they were informed by data. I am a deep believer in the power of data to drive our decisions. ROBUST data gives us the roadmap to reform. It tells us where we are, where we need to go and who is most at risk. Robust data systems were created by the Rand Corporation under a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and are Designed to support decision making and policy analysis under conditions of deep uncertainty. Very powerful tool for making assumptions across fields of data that may not be connected in any way

What is the Purpose of the P20?


improving teaching and learning, informing public policy (law writing), fostering culture of evidence-based decision making, CONDUCTING RESEARCH, evaluating system and program effectiveness and providing reports to various STAKEHOLDER groups (accountability should be to parents and community not the Chamber of Commerce or other workforce groups involved in sharing information)

What is the Duty of the Oklahoma P20?


To advise Dept. of Education, State Regents, Career Tech, Office of Accountability, OK Employment Security Commission, Legislature, Governor on COORDINATION of a UNIFIED, longitudinal student data system to provide INTEROPERABILITY and efficient and effective storage USE and SHARING of data among the Department of Ed, Career Tech, Regents, legislature, OTHER policymakers and executive agencies and the general public.
Oklahoma State Department of Education won a federal SLDS grant for 5 million dollars in 2012
http://www.educationnews.org/k-12-schools/states-awarded-grants-forlongitudinal-data-systems/

The SLDS initiative managed nationally by Data Quality Campaign a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation organization

The National Education Data Model has hundreds of fields to capture student personal data.

CEDS was developed and supported by the DQC to insure states were developing their databases with the same types of data fields to support those created by the Common Core assessments = interoperability Information collected by the SLDS is sent to the federal EdFacts Database.

Data is meant to be collected in part through Common Core linked assessments (PARCC)

Jason Zimba founded Student Achievement Partners with David Coleman Zimba wrote math standards and Coleman wrote English/LA - GE gives SAP 11 million to help implement the Common Core Coleman leaves SAP to go to College Board Coleman aligns SAT to Common Core (where does that leave homeschoolers?)

David Coleman, now president of the College Board, tells how he sold the Common Core State Standards to Republicans, but did so by leaving out the fact that President Obama liked them. He then goes on to explain that all the data people responsible for Obamas win who are constructing the largest database in history are collecting the data for the College Board and other educational reform efforts.

http://youtu.be/AApeR8VyxCI

Coleman tells audience how glad he is to work with Dan Wagner from Civis Analytics created by Google Executive Eric Schmidt both of whom worked on the Obama database team during the last election

The College Board, which administers the SAT, has hired Civis to figure out why high-achieving, low-income students are less likely to apply to elite schools than equally qualified students from wealthier familiesand then to design a campaign to guide more of them to better colleges. What was so impressive to anyone who was observing was the precision they brought to this fuzzy question of How do you get low -income people to vote? says David Coleman, the College Boards president. We see in our work a similar need for precision and analysis so that low-income students are propelled into the opportunities they have earned. Civis is also working with several companies and nonprofits it declined to name themto help enroll the millions of people newly eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Business Week

Concerns are growing that assessments are introducing psychological (behavioral) components
Very concerning as these kinds of tests are not to be administered unless under very controlled circumstances as they can produce results that are hard to interpret and very unreliable In addition, health records in schools fall under FERPA not HIPPA psych tests are considered health records

The InBloom Database for example (a non-profit organization created by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) has fields that include,
Mental ability (intelligence) test

Performance assessment
Personality test Psychological test Psychomotor test
https://www.inbloom.org/sites/default/files/docs-developer-1.0.68-20130118/chdata_model-enums.html

An example of a psychological test provided ROPE by a family in Oklahoma. The student was given the test in his classroom without parental permission. Later it was found that a local psychologist office was working with the school as part of a 21st Century Grant program where data is actively collected on the thoughts, feelings and behaviors of students.

Problems
o P20 Council has expressed the desire to collect student data from home school and private school students as well as public school students o FERPA Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act addresses rights of students NOT to have personal educational records shared
o Since January 2012 FERPA regulations changed at behest of Arne Duncan o Page 52 of the new FERPA document outlines 11 different ways PII can be shared without consent of student and/or parent

o The data attributes published present a massive invasion of privacy whether or not personal identifiers stripped before data sent beyond SDE
o NO DATA IS SAFE TODAY

A growing number of states are attempting to REJECT the Common Core State Standards, with Indiana being the first to actively stop Common Core in their state. Oklahoma should too!