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Common Core to leave districts in control of curriculum

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Missouri has always had a set of statewide standards that students were expected to meet and each district has been free to develop its own curriculum so its students would meet those standards, Dr. David Stephens, Nevada R-5 superintendent, said Wednesday.

The proposed Common Core is no different, it just extends that set of standards to most of the states in the country. Each district will still have local control of the curriculum that is taught, he said.

"Nevada is pretty close to full implementation," he said, adding that Nevada is in the third year of the process.

The Missouri state legislators who argue against the Common Core say there will be no local control of the curriculum, he said.

"That's just not accurate. It's just a set of standards, and Missouri has always had a common set of standards that students must master to graduate," Stephens said. "Each school district has always had the say in what curriculum they use to meet those standards."

"We must have state standards, if not national, otherwise each district will educate students differently. That's not good for the nation," he said.

Stephens noted that most school districts support the Common Core because they see it is good for kids.

"With all due respect to legislators, we're the ones who make it happen," he said.

"If people will take time to get educated about what Common Core is all about, they'll see it's good for kids and good for schools," Stephens said.

One of the strengths of the Common Core is these standards are intended to be used by most states and that will mean students in those states that adopt these standards will be required to master the same set of standards. This will simplify the transfer of credits between schools in different states that adopt the Common Core because the standards will be the same.

One question raised about the Common Core, is whether it replaces No Child Left Behind. Stephens said that it does not, but Missouri has received a waiver from some of the requirements of No Child Left Behind and Missouri is using the Common Core as one of the means to meet the requirements for rigorous academic standards.

According to information on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website, the Common Core was developed by a consortium of states and the federal government had no role in the development of the standards.

"The Missouri Depart-ment of Elementary and Secondary Education has adopted new academic standards to help students gain the knowledge and skills they need for college, other types of postsecondary training and a career.

"When students are college- and career-ready, they are less likely to need remedial classes to succeed at college-level work and are better prepared for the jobs of the future."

The DESE website explains that the Missouri Core Academic Standards include the Common Core State Standards for English/language arts and math.

"The Common Core State Standards:

* Build upon the strengths of Missouri existing state standards.

* Are research- and evidence-based.

* Are designed to be relevant to the real world and prepare students to live and work in today's global society and economy.

The standards do not require schools to use specific curriculum or teaching methods -- those decisions will continue to be made at the local level by school boards, superintendents, principals and teachers.

The Missouri Core Academic Standards will eventually include updated standards in other subject areas, including science, social studies and fine arts, as they are developed."

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Common Core States Standard and concerns about its implementation. From what information I have gathered, Common Core States Standard is an enormous, Nationwide overhaul of our Educational system. There is so much entailed that it is impossible for me to include the information in its entirety in one short comment. Common Core is an education initiative that seeks to bring diverse curricula from the various states into alignment with one another. The initiative is sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers and begins in 2015. One major concern is the lack of proper research on the effectiveness of the program. Former Assistant Secretary of Education Diane Ravitch says that "Common Core standards have been adopted without any field test. They are being imposed on the children of this nation despite the fact that no one has any idea how they will affect students, teachers or schools." The pilot program in Kentucky showed a considerable drop in test scores and performance. Some alarming attributes of Common Core Include: - State sovereignty - State sovereignty is at risk with the implementation of this program through various factors that would take more time to explain.The program reeks of Nationalized education. - Data Mining and sharing in K-12 tracking database tracking and P20 - State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS overseen by the P20 Council) which enables the federal government to monitor our children from preschool to age 20. Such tracking requires Personally Identifiable Information (PII) for each child. Such identifiers will include social security numbers or biometric data (unspecified as to what type of data) that under the new revisions to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) can be shared with any individual deemed a school official (including but not limited to: a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member ---including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board, without parental consent. - Development - Instead of being developed from the bottom up by local educators and communities, Common Core was developed by politicians, lobbyists for technology and publishing companies, namely Achieve and the National Governors Association, both generously funded by the Gates Foundation. - Method of implementation - States coerced into compliance with Common Core through threats of withholding Federal Funding for "Race to the Top". - Curriculum Content - Required Curricula and Methods are extremely controversial and questionable. Several experts in various fields have spoken out against it. - Expense - Implementation of the Common Core standards is said to bring substantial additional expense to already cash-strapped states. - Blind compliance - While not fully implemented, states are transitioning their curriculum preemptively, before the program has been fully completed and disclosed, lacking proper vetting in any shape or form. - Parental (un)awareness - The CCSS are being implemented without involving or even notifying parents, neither are we given the choice of opting out. In fact, when asked for arrangements to be made for their children, many parents have already been told that they do not have the choice to "opt-out". - Teachers Overloaded - Mandatory "classes" and "collaborative learning" groups for teachers in addition to current responsibilities. - Infringement on Homeschoolers - With the unilateral "reforms", the likelihood of PSAT, SAT, and College entrance qualifications being affected is high, affecting the freedoms of homeschoolers and their choice in education. The list goes on. You can see why we are so concerned about this program and its implementation in our schools. The list provided here is by no means all-inclusive. There is still much to learn about this monstrous program. Any help that you may offer in obtaining more information for concerned parents and educators, raising awareness in the communities and political arenas, and fighting this intrusion of our freedoms and privacy is very much appreciated!

-- Posted by StopCommonCore on Sun, Apr 14, 2013, at 4:14 PM

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