OKLAHOMA & GEORGIA PULL OUT OF COMMON CORE TESTING CONSORTIUM, PARCC

Jul 24, 2013 by

[The arrows mean “lead to.”]

National standards  →  national assessments  →  national curriculum → national teacher evaluations with teachers’ salaries tied to students’ test scores  →  teachers teaching to the test each and every day  →  national indoctrination of our public school children  →  national database of students and teachers containing personally intrusive information

 

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7.2.13 – Truth in American Education

http://truthinamericaneducation.com/common-core-assessments/oklahoma-pulls-out-of-parcc/

Oklahoma Pulls Out of PARCC

by Shane Vander Hart on July 2, 2013

 

 

Oklahoma bails from PARCC joining Alabama and Pennsylvania who also bailed.  What make Oklahoma unique is that they are the first governing state to announce they’ll be leaving the consortium.  Alabama and Pennsylvania were just participating states.  Indiana said they are pulling away from PARCC, but we’re not certain if they will fully pull out of not.  Alabama and Pennsylvania were also advisory members of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

 

 

[To read the Tulsa World article, please go to:

http://www.tulsaworld.com/article.aspx/State_pulling_out_of_consortium_to_develop_own_standardized/20130701_19_0_StateS605337?subj=298 ]

 

Update: Jenni White of Restore Oklahoma Public Education [ROPE] has responded to this news with several questions:

  1. 1.     Does it matter if a state belongs to a testing consortia (SBAC or PARCC) if the state creates its own tests to align with the Common Core? So, are the consortia red herrings?
  2. 2.     Much data will be collected via testing. Stopping PARCC won’t stop that. The America Competes Act is FEDERAL LAW and it is what prescribes the type of data to be collect (the 12 data types).
  3. 3.     What is the SDE going to do about the fact that there has been much legislation written that points to PARCC. So do you just make a pronouncement from the thrown that we are getting out of PARCC testing without changing the laws? Do laws matter then, or is our whole system just based on what the OSDE decides to do on a given day?

When I report on state’s pulling out of Common Core consortia while it can be a good thing for the state’s budget and it is a step for them to retake their sovereignty over education it isn’t the silver bullet.  The ultimate goal is to see states repeal the Common Core.

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7.22.13 – The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/breaking-news/georgia-decides-against-offering-common-core-stand/nYzDr/

 

“Georgia decides against offering ‘Common Core’ standardized test”

By Wayne Washington

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

 

Georgia leaders announced today that the state will not offer a new and expensive standardized test tied to the controversial set of national standards called Common Core.

In rejecting the test, Gov. Nathan Deal and Superintendent John Barge cited its cost, which could have been as high as $27 million — slightly more than the state’s entire K-12 testing budget.

 

Georgia will offer assessments developed by education officials in this state, who will continue working with their counterparts in the region toward the goal of offering a regional test.

 

“Assessing our students’ academic performance remains a critical need to ensure that young Georgians can compete on equal footing with their peers throughout the country,” Deal said in a joint statement with Barge released by the state Department of Education. “Georgia can create an equally rigorous measurement without the high costs associated with this particular test. Just as we do in all other branches of state government, we can create better value for taxpayers while maintaining the same level of quality.”

 

Georgia’s decision to pull out from the 22-state consortium developing the test is another sign of the growing unease across the country with the test and with Common Core, which some have criticized as a national takeover of public education.

 

Barge cited costs, technical concerns and fears that the test could limit the state’s flexibility in crafting its own curriculum as reasons for not offering the test, which was supposed to be given to Georgia students as soon as the 2014-2015 school year.

 

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

 

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