Who is preventing states from getting rid of Common Core? Corrections for the record

Dec 30, 2014 by

By Sandra Stotsky – We bounce off the Petrilli and Brickman article in the Washington Post on Wednesday, December 14, 2014, because, as one has come to expect, it contains a slew of slanted facts or outright non-facts.

Let’s start with Oklahoma. Its parents don’t want lower standards, as Petrilli/Brickman charge. Its anti-Common Core bill, signed at the last minute by Governor Mary Fallin, replaced Common Core’s standards with the state’s previous standards since the latter had received about the same grade as Common Core’s from the Fordham Institute in 2010. And what P/B also forgot to tell us was that the bill was designed in part to put Oklahoma teachers out of their misery; the replacement is to last only until the state develops its own first-rate standards. And that’s where “The Great Standards Game” begins.

The State Board of Education, whose members had been appointed by Gov. Fallin, does not want Oklahoma to develop first-rate standards and has done what Governor Pence did in Indiana. It is trying to set up so-called standards revision committees that come up with the same Common Core standards that were supposedly banished, but only ever-so-slightly altered to justify the time the committees spent and the stipend they get from the state for their time. Gov. Fallin, like Gov. Pence, seems to fear the effects of having real high school standards in their states more than they fear the effects of Common Core’s low academic expectations and tests on their institutions of higher education—and on truthfulness about academic achievement.

Now on to South Carolina, whose Department of Education has made sure its standards revision committees produce something close to Common Core’s standards but buried in so much verbiage that only Common Core’s test developers (who come in a variety of flavors) will be able to find them. How did the SC DoE ensure these results? Same way Governors Fallin and Pence did. By choosing who got onto these puppet committees and what documents they work with. It is, after all, not easy to paraphrase Common Core’s badly written standards, and authentic standards might be tempting to copy.

Tricks are still being played by Missouri’s so-called Work Groups. The last inning hasn’t taken place yet, disappointing Governor Nixon who no doubt had hoped his Department of Education would have figured out by now how to outwit the Missouri parents required by the bill he signed to be on the revision committees. The MO DoE is the same organization that gave Missouri its former Show-Me standards. Instead of acknowledging that it was responsible for the original disaster, the MO DoE now crows about how much better Common Core’s are in comparison. But Missouri parents are not giving in easily to the people the MO DoE and the legislature stacked the Work Groups with, and may yet be able to sneak in rigorous standards in place of Common Core’s.

First prize to a Department of Education’s efforts to deceive parents goes to Florida’s.

It used an online survey soliciting thousands of standard-by-standard comments. It then announced that the overwhelming majority of reviewers wanted pretty much what they already had. But it would show the world how different the “new” standards were by adding over 50 standards for a calculus course. It knows that Florida high school students won’t be able to get to or take such a course in high school since the necessary standards leading up to calculus were deliberately left out of the new “Sunshine” standards and Common Core’s original math standards.

What state boards of education, commissioners of education, and departments of education are doing to deceive the parents of their state raises profound questions about the political worth of their continued existence. Who needs them? And why are they so gung-ho about making the state’s K-12 teachers the scapegoats for the schemes of the charlatans appointed by Common Core’s project managers to develop these so-called “college readiness” standards?

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  1. Super Mario

    Utah hasn’t moved… .our senator will lose face in the event that he concedes his part in the tragedy so he, rather, has propelled a monstrous purposeful publicity battle went for insulting guardians and any other person who endeavors to uncover the USOE. Such a great amount for putting kids first and parental rights at the highest priority on his rundown.

  2. Kim Call

    Utah hasn’t even budged….our governor will lose face if he admits his part in the travesty so he, instead, has launched a massive propaganda campaign aimed at maligning parents and anyone else who tries to expose the USOE. So much for putting kids first and parental rights at the top of his list.

    • MONA

      KIM, What are you guys in Utah doing about it?
      We are having a very hard time here in Hawaii get anyone to get their head out of the sand.

  3. Well Dr. Stotsky you can add Tennesse to your list of states trying to pull the wool over our eyes. Our RINO Governor Haslam has created a review committee like the other states. This committee is laced with paid Common Core teacher coaches and others that have constantly professed their love for the Common Core standards. One thing we don’t see on this committee is standard experts or child development experts. And just like Florida they set up a system for citizens to enter comments on the standards. Now please tell me how many parents (or members of the review team) are qualified to evaluate over 2000 standards input into this website. The game being played in Tennessee will have the same results as the game they played in Florida. The consensus will be that for the most part everyone is just delighted with the current standards. But we will not sit still for their charade. We are prepared to bring in our own standard experts to evaluate the outcome of this review team. You, Dr. Stotsky, will be hearing from us here in Tennessee.

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