PLEASE SUPPORT HB 1714 Repeal The Core Curriculum Standards (CCS) for Oklahoma

No Child Left Behind led to the dumbing down of many state standards and very little improvement in student outcomes. We should not make a similar mistake by accepting an untried, unfinished curriculum. Accepting that scenario, those who have the greatest vested interest and the most at stake in improving student outcomes would have the least amount of control. Boston Globe http://boston.com/community/blogs/rock_the_schoolhouse/2010/11/rising_and_converging_the_gate. html Oklahoma should not give up their authority over education in exchange for temporary federal money, especially when we have lost the Race To the Top Grant and will get no Federal money for the adoption of CCS. Implementation of CCS has been estimated in the millions of dollars for some states. Where will Oklahoma find this kind of funding? Los Angeles Daily News http://www.dailynews.com/opinions/ci_17168645 It is the national assessments arising from the CCI with their subjectively scored content that will drive what teachers teach on a daily basis, since many schools are now tying individual student scores directly to teachers contracts/pay/rehiring. To survive, teachers will be forced to “teach to the test”. Consequently, the current administration in Washington behind development of the assessments, are actually those controlling what teachers teach and children learn – not local officials and parents. Education News http://www.educationnews.org/commentaries/opinions_on_education/103071.html In reality, there is nothing conservative about national standards, which will further tie schools to the demands of Washington bureaucrats but do little to improve student achievement. National standards create a one-size-fits-all, centralized approach to education. And while proponents will say that these standards are “voluntary,” the significant amount of federal funding that would be tied to their adoption makes them anything but. Heritage Foundation http://blog.heritage.org/?p=39701 As passed and enrolled, SB2033 stipulates that the CCS cannot be modified more than 15% of the total curriculum. If the CCS are decided to be not as rigorous as first thought and are modified beyond that 15%, there could be a very real possibility of our State Department of Education being in violation of their own school law. 70 O.S. Section 15, B We need to repeal the CCS before we have spent the money to implement them – before it will cost the state to repeal them.

www.RestoreOkPublicEducation.com Jenni White, President

Jenni@RestoreOkPublicEducation.com 405.473.8801

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