Common Core Blotting Out the Civil War » Liberty Alliance

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All you have to do is play “telephone” one time when you’re six-years-old to learn that no matter how old you get, facts change when they’re passed around. The game of “telephone” demonstrates that it’s not an intentional thing. It’s not always an outright lie that causes discrepancies in information sharing. It’s often miscommunication that takes an event and makes it into something else when recounted later on. Oh, how I wish that was Common Core’s excuse. I wish we lived in an America where the big news story was about a historically inaccurate oopsie – not a ideological travesty. But, alas – this is our America and we are continuing down this terrifying path of “change” for the worse.

If you haven’t heard of it, Common Core is essentially the federal government taking over our public education system, or to put it technically – “uniform national curriculum standards.” And hey, hey, hey, before you start throwing Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” thing in my face and saying I’m some Obama-hating contrarian, I’ll tell you right now, I think “No Child Left Behind” stunk as well.

Any conservative or libertarian in their right mind was shaking their head pessimistically when they first heard whispers about Common Core. But, I for one am surprised that things have gone downhill so quickly.

Get this – Common Core is instructing teachers to teach Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address WITHOUT MENTIONING THE CIVIL WAR.

Common Core Curriculum states:

“Refrain from giving background context or substantial instructional guidance at the outset…This close reading approach forces students to rely exclusively on the text…and levels the playing field for all students as they seek to comprehend Lincoln’s address.”


This isn’t just a Gettysburg-Address-Instance either. This is the Common Core philosophy. Don’t teach kids actual history. Just read them a bunch of words they don’t understand with no context because it “levels the playing field.” Can someone please explain to me what that means and how it makes any sense when teaching history?

via Common Core Blotting Out the Civil War » Liberty Alliance.

CA School District Sells Student Data to Fundraise for Duncan Visit | COMMON CORE

For those who still don’t realize that there’s an ugly, illicit student-data selling racket going on, here’s a news story for you.

A California school district just traded their students’ data for the large amount of money that they wanted for an event, a visit from the U.S. Secretary of Education. There’s thick irony in having the data-hungry Secretary of Education being the very guest of honor at the event that was purchased by the sale of student data to his Department of Education’s “Promise Neighborhoods” group.

So, this week’s article in the San Diego Reader exposes the racket of buying and selling private student data. The article says:

“Castle Park Middle School is a Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood school. Promise Neighborhoods are funded by the Department of Education and claim to offer “cradle to career” services. South Bay Community Services is the organization that oversees and distributes the $60 million government investment in Chula Vista.

On August 2 Principal Bleisch wrote to [district CFO Albert Alt]: “By the way, FYI-SBCS [Promise Neighborhood/South Bay Community Services] is prepared to give my school a good chunk of change (over $100K of PN money allocated last year for staff that was not used.) The catch is that they are kinda using the data-sharing agreement as leverage.) They promised to expedite this money transfer as soon as we deliver on the data agreement.

“We sent Dr Brand the revised [data] agreement yesterday. He said it looked good. If there is any way you can help me get that signed I then can put the pressure on them to get me the money. I plan to use this money for the stage and other things needed for the 9/13 visit.”

On August 5, Bleisch wrote Alt a reminder. The subject of the email is “Data-Sharing.”

“Just a kind reminder if you can help us get this data-sharing agreement signed.” FYI-They’re [reference to South Bay Community Services] holding up money until I deliver on this [smiley face] need this PN money to pay $17k for a new stage and $3000 Flags, $5000 cafeteria college banners for Arne’s visit…”

On August 22, Alt wrote to various staff regarding reimbursements for Castle Park Middle School:

“With approval from the Superintendent, I have authorized General Funds to be reimbursed to Castle Park Middle ASB funds. Mr. Bleisch utilized ASB funds to purchase a stage for the school, in particular for the visit of the United States Secretary of Education, Mr. Arne Duncan.”

Read the whole article here.

(If you don’t know what I’m talking about with Secretary Duncan and the student data racket, catch up here and here and here.)

via CA School District Sells Student Data to Fundraise for Duncan Visit | COMMON CORE.

Why Hasn’t Arne Duncan Been Fired?

OK white suburban moms.  Are you angry yet?  Do you feel marginalized?  Are you ready to fight back?  Now is the time.


Via Breitbart.

Why Hasn't Arne Duncan Been Fired?

by Joel B. Pollak 22 Nov 2013, 1:01 PM PDT

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has yet to offer a sincere apology for his recent statement that "white suburban moms" were responsible for opposition to the Common Core standards. The closest he has come is his statement on MSNBC's Morning Joe Thursday that he was sorry that his wording had been "clumsy."

He has yet to apologize for using explicitly racial language to marginalize opponents of the policy. And at this point the blame has to rest with his boss, President Barack Obama. Notably, the president has credited much of his success to his own white suburban mom, who made sure he received the best education possible.

Nicole Wallace asked Duncan whether his comments were part of a divide-and-rule strategy, one frequently used by the supposedly post-racial president (i.e. encouraging Latinos to vote against their "enemies"). More likely, Duncan, was simply reflecting the ingrained racial prejudice of the elite left-wing establishment.

The biggest loser in all of this, aside from the children caught up in the Common Core fight, is the Obama administration itself. It has now polarized opinion on Common Core, probably irretrievably. The only way to begin to undo the damage at this point is for the president to fire Duncan. So why hasn't he been fired yet?

via Why Hasn't Arne Duncan Been Fired?.

Common Core- only a 1 in 3 chance of graduating from a 4 year institution


Coming to your school.  Who needs math standards beyond the 8th grade anyway? Our children only need to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in order to understand orders coming from their government minders.


STANFORD, Calif. – Professor James Milgram was the only mathematician on the Common Core Standards group and member of the validation committee.

common coreHe was one of a group that refused to sign off on the standards. Recently, he gave a detailed discussion on why the math standards will set Common Core students behind in the field of mathematics on the international playing field.

He is comments are specific to the standards and these comments are aimed specifically at the middle school standards.

Milgram’s credentials in the matter are beyond reproach. He wrote the original California Mathematical Framework. He was involved in the Fordham Institute’s evaluation of the mathematical framework for standards. He is one of the main authors of the new Georgia and Michigan Standards. He is a past Gauss Professor at the University of Goettingen, Regents Professor at the University of New Mexico. He has published over 100 papers in the area of Math education, along with many books and journals.

1) Solving ratios and rates are the crux of higher order mathematics. The failure to introduce ratio and rates and to give them the treatment they deserve hampers a student’s ability to perform higher order mathematics. It is a serious problem for American mathematical competitiveness.

2) The standards at grade 8 have the students “spinning wheels.” There is nothing of significance covered that is essential to long run mathematical competence. That was supposed to be the year that Algebra was covered, but for political reasons, that was not put into the standards. As a result math education stalls at Grade 8 in the Common Core

3) It is in high school that the standards fall completely apart. Most students won’t be able to make it past Algebra II at that point. This is important because the research shows that a student who has only made it to Algebra II has a 1 in 3 chance of getting a four-year degree. A one in three chance of completing a four-year degree is NOT college ready.

This weakness in the Common Core will shatter the dream of many potential students to achieve success in technical fields.

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Parents say Common Core is sneaking its way into some Texas schools – powered by Education Action Group Foundation, Inc.

Remember...Common Core can insinuate itself into your curriculum in a variety of ways.  Here is one.  Don't let it happen to you.


LONGVIEW, Texas – The Lone Star State is only one of five states not involved in the Common Core experiment, but lessons aligned with the nationalized learning standards may still be showing up in some Texas classrooms.common core twoDuring Monday’s well-attended meeting of the Spring Hill Independent School District’s board of trustees, parent Rhonda Anderson said she has seen assigned worksheets that have the words “Common Core” printed at the bottom, reports took special exception with one such lesson that took a swipe at fossil fuels.“With oil wells here on the school property, I don’t think we need to be teaching our children that fossil fuels are bad,” Anderson said, according to Terri Hill echoed those concerns about Common Core being snuck into classrooms. Hill added that the much-hated, Texas-only CSCOPE curriculum is still being used in some classrooms, despite assurances from state lawmakers last May that schools would be barred from using the lesson plans beginning with the current school year.A state law also requires school officials to consult with parents and taxpayers before making any significant changes to the curriculum. If the district is dabbling in Common Core and backsliding in its use of CSCOPE, parents need to know about it.CSCOPE generated some national headlines earlier this year after a large number of Texans became concerned that CSCOPE lessons in their local schools were too controversial. One infamous lesson compared the Boston Tea Party to an act of terrorism.A more thorough explanation of the CSCOPE controversy can be found here.

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How to Know You’re Winning the Argument

...when they play the race card on you.


Via Michelle Malkin 

A brown-skinned suburban mom responds to Common Core bigot Arne Duncan

By Michelle Malkin  •  November 18, 2013 02:28 AM

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Ohhhh yes, the red blood underneath my brown skin is boiling. This Obama educrat has stepped in it. Big time. Race card-wielding Education Secretary Arne Duncan is nothing but a corrupt and bankrupt bigot.

We’ll get to his diatribe in a moment. But first, let’s step back for some perspective, reflection, and background on this pivotal moment in the battle against Common Core.

In January, I launched the first in my ongoing blog and column series on the perils and pitfalls of Common Core. Grass-roots parents, educators, analysts, and activists had been working hard at the local and state levels to turn back the top-down, Big Government/Big Business. I vowed at the beginning of the year to do everything in my power to spread the news of their work and to add my own voice because this battle is near and dear to my heart. It’s not just “business” for me. It’s personal. Here’s what I wrote on January 23 when I kicked off my project:

This year, I’ll be using my syndicated column and blog space to expose how progressive “reformers” — mal-formers — are corrupting our schools. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to provide you in-depth coverage of this vital issue that too often gets shunted off the daily political/partisan agenda. While the GOP tries to solve its ills with better software and communications consultants, the conservative movement — and America — face much larger problems. It doesn’t start with the “low-information voter.” It starts with the no-knowledge student. This is the first in an ongoing series on “Common Core,” the stealthy federal takeover of school curriculum and standards across the country. As longtime readers know, my own experience with this ongoing sabotage of academic excellence dates back to my early reporting on the Clinton-era “Goals 2000″ and “outcome-based” education and extends to my recent parental experience with “Everyday Math”.

The good news is that grass-roots education and parental groups, brave teachers, and professors are fighting back.

And they’re winning. Big time. Over the last 10 months, Common Core has imploded under withering scrutiny from the tax-paying public, informed parents and educators, and more national media. States under both Republican and Democrat governors have adopted moratoria on the untested standards, withdrawn from the costly testing consortia, and retreated from partnerships with Common Core-promoting educational software data-miners like inBloom.

There’s much more to the fight than simple left-right divisions. The Common Core peddlers include meddling, Fed Ed Republicans from Jeb Bush and Mike Huckabee to progressive billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates to Newscorp. media giant Rupert Murdoch and dozens of educational corporate special interests that stand to gain billions from the Common Core testing/textbook/data-mining boondoggle.

The Stop Common Core movement includes social conservatives, libertarians, teachers’ union members, charter school advocates, Catholic school principals, urban and suburban parents, New York City Democrats, Tea Party Republicans, homeschoolers, and concerned activists from all parts of the political spectrum concerned about the feds’ encroachment on family and student privacy.

As I’ve reported, the nationwide revolt against Common Core’s constitutionality, costs, dubious quality, threat to local control, and privacy invasions has proponents in a panic. They’ve resorted to demeaning dissenting parents and educators and abusing their power to stifle all challenges to their authority.

Now, along comes Obama education secretary Arne Duncan to inject poisonous race-baiting and class warfare into the debate.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a group of state schools superintendents Friday that he found it “fascinating” that some of the opposition to the Common Core State Standards has come from “white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.”

Yes, he really said that. But he has said similar things before. What, exactly, is he talking about?

In his cheerleading for the controversial Common Core State Standards — which were approved by 45 states and the District of Columbia and are now being implemented across the country (though some states are reconsidering) — Duncan has repeatedly noted that the standards and the standardized testing that goes along with them are more difficult than students in most states have confronted.

The preposterousness of Duncan’s tirade is outweighed only by its arrogance and falsehood.

As a brown-skinned suburban mom opposed to Common Core, I can tell you I’ve personally met moms and dads of ALL races, of ALL backgrounds, and from ALL parts of the country, who have sacrificed to get their kids into the best schools possible. They are outraged that dumbed-down, untested federal “standards” pose an existential threat to their excellent educational arrangements — be they public, private, religious, or homeschooling.

Duncan’s derision betrays the very control-freak impulses that drive Common Core. He presumes that only technocratic elites in Washington can determine what quality standards and curricula look like. He pretends that minority parents and students in inner-city charter and magnet schools with locally-crafted, rigorous classical education missions simply don’t exist. A textbook liberal racist, Duncan whitewashes all minority parents and educators who oppose Common Core out of the debate. And he condescendingly implies that the only reason “white suburban moms” object to Common Core is that their children are too dumb to score well on tests that are…a complete and utter mess.

As Brittany Corona noted earlier this summer, educators in New York and Kentucky outlined multiple problems with the assessments that Duncan champions:

Earlier this month, 49 New York principals wrote a letter to New York education commissioner John King explaining the problems teachers are finding with the Common Core assessments. While the principals state that they agree with Common Core in theory and are “are committed to helping New York realize the full promises of Common Core,” they write that its implementation has been haphazard:

Because schools have not had a lot of time to unpack Common Core, we fear that too many educators will use these high stakes tests to guide their curricula, rather than the more meaningful Common Core Standards themselves. And because the tests are missing Common Core’s essential values, we fear that students will experience curriculum that misses the point as well.

The New York principals reported problems with the assessments, including:

Difficult and confusing questions (some on unrelated topics).
Unnecessarily long testing sessions—“two weeks of three consecutive days of 90-minute periods”—that require more “stamina for a 10-year-old special education student than of a high school student taking an SAT exam.”
Field-test questions that do not factor into a child’s score but take up time.
Confusing directions for the English language arts sessions.
Math problems that repeatedly assess the same skill.

Multiple choice questions that ask the student to choose from the right answer and the “next best right answer.” The fact that teachers report disagreeing about which multiple-choice answer is correct in several places on the English language arts exams indicates that this format is unfair to students.

Kentucky, the first state to implement Common Core, has experienced similar testing problems.

Last month, the Kentucky Department of Education “discontinued scoring for all constructed-response questions in each of the four CCSS-aligned high school end-of-course exams.” Leaders said that the slow turnaround times for scoring and lack of diagnostic feedback on how scores are determined would cause the results to be delayed past the end of the school year.

In two states in which the Common Core assessments have been tried, they have posed problems. Both New York and Kentucky should be red flags for states moving forward with Common Core implementation.

If Arne Duncan thinks his comments are going to tame and marginalize the Stop Common Core movement, he’s got another thing coming. As I noted earlier this month, Common Core is a sleeper ballot box issue that will shake both sides of the aisle for months and years to come. The Davids are exercising their freedoms of speech and association to beat back the deep-pocketed Goliaths at their schoolhouse doors.

Stop Common Core moms of all colors have done their homework, brought their arguments and evidence to their school boards and state legislatures, and acted responsibly to protect their children’s best interests.

By contrast, education demagogue Arne Duncan and his Big Government/Big Business cronies invoke race, employ divisive class rhetoric, and attack active, involved, and informed moms and their children as academic failures — while Common Core’s own failings pile up like Obamacare website 404s.

Arne Duncan, I will continue to do everything in my brown-skinned suburban mom power to keep your smug, grubby hands off my kids’ education. I know I’m not alone.

Common core updates

Following is from a newsletter published by a friend.  There are lots of very good information here.  Please read, click on the links, and take appropriate action in your own jurisdictions.


In this issue, we're summarizing and attaching breaking news and information several people have requested about Common Core developments. Some of the documents are rather large. Rather than attach large files, we have uploaded them into our file server so you can download them from this link.

TODAY'S DOWNLOAD 2013-11-10: (Click the link and download)

1. Common Core Collateral Damage: New York State therapist notes huge increase in self-mutilations in high-achieving students (Original statement included in today's download)

"A large number of honors students—mostly 8th graders—were streaming into my practice. The kids were self-mutilating—cutting themselves with sharp objects and burning themselves with cigarettes. My phone never stopped ringing."

Statement for New York State Assembly Education Forum
Brentwood, New York, October 10, 2013

"Common Core requires children to read informational texts that are owned by a handful of corporations. Lacking any filter to distinguish good information from bad, children will readily absorb whatever text is put in front of them as gospel."


"we have abandoned innovative teaching and instead “teach to the tests,” the dreaded exams that had students, parents and teachers in a complete anxiety state last spring. These tests do not measure learning—what they really measure is endurance and resilience."

(We recall a document detailing how to teach kids "Grit, Perseverance and Tenacity" -- Now we know why it's included with Common Core.)

"…an entire third grade class that spent the rest of the day sobbing after just one testing session,
…a 2nd grader who witnessed this and is now refusing to attend the 3rd grade—this 7-year-old is now being evaluated for psychotropic medication just to go to school,
…a 6-year-old who came home crying because in September of the first grade, she did not know what a vertex was,
…two 8-year-olds who opted out of the ELA exam and were publicly denied cookies when the teacher gave them to the rest of her third grade class,"

"Our country became a superpower on the backs of men and women who studied in one-room schoolhouses. I do not think it takes a great deal of technology or corporate and government involvement for kids to succeed. We need to rethink the Common Core and the associated high stakes testing and get back to the business of educating our children in a safe, healthy, and productive manner."

2. Jefferson County Colorado School Board Unanimously Severs Ties with InBloom Data Mining

This is WHY the school board did this:
"The district's controversial plan to test the system was a prominent issue in the campaign for Tuesday's board election, in which three conservative candidates won seats, dramatically changing the political orientation of the board" << This is why we must run for school board and WIN. As we've heard, "Elections have consequences"!


3. CORE Education & Technologies Ltd., an Indian company, is apparently taking over education globally.... this used to be a "technology" company (see below) and then after 2005 something changed. Please see the section below showing what just a quick pass reveals. 2005 also happened to be the first year of UNESCO's Decade of Education. Just a coincidence we're sure.

Please see Today's Download for the source documentation and our analysis.

I am starting to look at their financial reports as I have time. Any one else who wants to do this too please do so.


CORE Education and Technoligies.... which used to be known by a different name...... and it had a different product focus.... suddenly it swung from logistics, RFID, satellite and  communication technology and started producing "education" services...... I am going to go through each AFR to find out when.


You'll "love" (/sarc) this (as in, "how many red flags can we find"):


2004-2005 Annual report:

All financial and annual reports:

The 2005 report did not contain the slick marketing presentation of later years; this was not native-speaking English, and the message is clear; it is not concealed.

No page numbers -- On this one page -- apparently Page 7 -- you will LOVE this (not) -- note this is 2004-05:


(Also note, separately, that:  (1)  2005 was the first year of the UNESCO Decade of Education; (2) ITES is a US Dept of Defense standard: Information Technology Enterprise Solutions; (3) VSAT is Very Small Aperture Tracking, a high-speed protocol to communicate on the Internet through a satellite; (4) STPI is an entity originally set up by the government of India to crank out and export software, which now operates autonomously from the government and controls all internet communications in India;)

During the year, your company set up an 100% Export Oriented Undertaking, which is duly registered with the Software Technology Park of India (STPI). This unit launched its products in the overseas market and is expected to make considerable headway in its specific target areas.

Your Company also entered the “low-price, high-volume” retail products segment by entering into a distribution agreement with PMC Outsourcing LLC, USA, to distribute “iolo” branded packaged software products in India. The products mainly enhance the working of PCs and also have a very effective “anti-virus” tool. More products will be added to offer our customers the latest innovations in these and related area.

Your Company is also foraying into the “Logistics” segment of ITES. It is in the process of implementing a prestigious “Pilot Project” for Vehicle Tracking, based on VSAT Technology on the “Delhi-Jaipur” highway. Being implemented in association with the Software Technology Park of India, which is providing the required VSAT Technology, the successful launch of this Pilot will lead to your company offering the entire range of

Logistic services using RFID, GSM, CDMA and Satellite Technologies.

Your Company is also in the process of ramping up its manpower resources, which are the heart and soul of every Software Products and Services Company. Towards this end, your company has recruited a very experienced and successful IT Professional as its President and CEO. The new manpower pool will have a positive impact on your company’s performance in the coming years.



4. 132 Catholic Professors Ask Bishops To Stop Following Common Core Standards
Please consider taking this information to your Catholic school principal and priest.

"...we are convinced that Common Core is so deeply flawed that it should not be adopted by Catholic schools which have yet to approve it, and that those schools which have already endorsed it should seek an orderly withdrawal now."

See letter, at the Today's Download link.

5. Great listen here - a college student slams Common Core to the applause of assembled teachers and parents.

6.  Race to the Top Violated Federal Law.
Violation of Federal Education Code: Department of Education, Public Law -- 2/01/10, 20 U.S.C. 3403 (Pub. L. 96-88, Title I, 103, Oct. 17, 1979, 93 Stat. 670). United States Code. Title 20. Education. Chapter 48

7. Common Core is based on Outcome Based Education - The outcome of your child’s progress and job direction will be predetermined in advance, taking away your child’s destiny(choice). Choices will be a thing of the past as computers will guide your child into his government chosen job path.
You child will be conditioned to accept their chosen path without his knowledge. Your child will no longer be free to choose.
UNESCO’s PLAN for American Education – Jed Brown
a. Lifelong Learning -
b. Workforce Training –
c. Change agents -
d. Charter Schools -
e. Insect Society -

Read Jed’s Article – The Skinner School Box

8. Show me the Money – Common Core redistributes wealth from the public funds into -- guess what? -- Public-Private Partnerships.

Our national websites - << Education Activism


To My Students: ‘I Love You and Believe in You’ – @ THE CHALK FACE

Hat tip to @Chalk Face
It's a long article so click on the link to read the whole thing.


To My Students: ‘I Love You and Believe in You’

November 2, 2013 by Kris Nielsen 119 Comments

The following is a guest post from my friend, Meg Norris, who has an important message for her students. (Grab a Kleenex. I did.)

To My Students,

I did not return to the classroom this year and I want to apologize. I am truly sorry for having left you. It was the hardest decision I have ever made. I want you to understand why I left. It had nothing to do with you. I still love you and believe in you. You are still amazing and you can do anything you want to do. I did not give up on you. I left to fight for you.

I saw you struggling with Common Core skills. Even with the new curriculum from the district, no matter how I broke it down for you I could see you didn’t understand. I saw the frustration on your faces. And when time ran out and we had to take the county’s test (on the county’s schedule), I saw the tears roll from your eyes. You failed. I saw you missing school more days than normal. I saw you with long sleeves covering up the cutting scars on your arms. I saw how the sparkle in your eyes dimmed. I saw the small bald spot on your head where you had pulled out your hair. And it wasn’t just in my class. You hated going to math. You came early everyday for homework help, but it didn’t make any difference. You still could not understand.

I want you to know none of this is your fault. It is not you. I know the school, the county and the state call it “rigor.” That is a horrible word. Look it up in the dictionary for me. Rigor is for dead people. You are not failing because it is too hard. You are not failing because you are not working hard enough. You are not failing because of your teachers. You are failing because Common Core was not written by teachers. Common Core was not written to help you. Let me explain why this hurts you so much.

via To My Students: ‘I Love You and Believe in You’ – @ THE CHALK FACE.

Common Core Standards Make a Mockery of Novels’ Complexity | New Republic

This is from The New Republic (of all publications!).  You need to click on the link to read the entire article.  It will make you mad but it is a great illustration of the idiots that Common Core will be creating.



Here’s a pop quiz: according to the measurements used in the new Common Core Standards, which of these books would be complex enough for a ninth grader?

a. Huckleberry Finn

b. To Kill a Mockingbird

c. Jane Eyre

d. Sports Illustrated for Kids' Awesome Athletes!

The only correct answer is “d,” since all the others have a “Lexile” score so low that they are deemed most appropriate for fourth, fifth, or sixth graders. This idea might seem ridiculous, but it’s based on a metric that is transforming the way American schools teach reading.

Lexiles were developed in the 1980s by Malbert Smith and A. Jackson Stenner, the President and CEO of the MetaMetrics corporation, who decided that education, unlike science, lacked “what philosophers of science call unification of measurement,” and aimed to demonstrate that “common scales, like Fahrenheit and Celsius, could be built for reading.” Their final product is a proprietary algorithm that analyzes sentence length and vocabulary to assign a “Lexile” score from 0 to over 1,600 for the most complex texts. And now the new Common Core State Standards, the U.S. education initative that aims to standardize school curricula, have adopted Lexiles to determine what books are appropriate for students in each grade level. Publishers have also taken note: more than 200 now submit their books for measurement, and various apps and websites match students precisely to books on their personal Lexile level.

via Common Core Standards Make a Mockery of Novels' Complexity | New Republic.

Senator Markey: Letter to Arne Duncan Questioning Student Data Collection Practices | COMMON CORE

It is getting serious when someone as "progressive" as Markey gets worried about the data collection that Common Core requires.  It is also interesting to recall that although Common Core is not a federal program, per se, it has federal fingerprints all over it.  This is an excellent example.

Duncan will probably respond that the data collection is required by the state consortium and not the DOE.  He will NOT mention the data collection requirements of the DOE Promise Neighborhood program.

Also, we will probably never find out if Duncan responded.  However, if he did, the "Common Core: Education Without Representation" website will discover it.


Democratic Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey has written a vital letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about the loss of student privacy under new education reforms. The Senator asks the Secretary eight great questions. My favorite is question #2.a): “Should parents, not schools, have the right to control information about their children?”

Senator Markey’s full letter is posted below. Please share it with your senators and with your state superintendents, who may, by their connection to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and its partnership with the U.S. Department of Education, have sway in getting to real answers more quickly.

via Senator Markey: Letter to Arne Duncan Questioning Student Data Collection Practices | COMMON CORE.