Common Core crash in California

October 7, 2013 9 Comments

Yesterday, October 6th, Common Core had a crash in the state of California!  At the Republican State Convention the following resolution passed overwhelmingly:

Resolution ( F2013-2) to Oppose and Eliminate Common Core Education Policies in California

(Co-authored by Bill Evers & Randall Jordan)

Whereas the federally-promoted Common Core national curriculum-content standards in math and English (and now the related Next Generation national standards in science) water down what has been expected academically of California’s K-12 students;

Whereas the Common Core tests will collect extensive data on students, and the Obama administration has turned upside down federal regulations that previously protected student privacy;

Whereas Common Core is accompanied by federally-funded tests, and the Obama administration’s promotion of national standards and national tests violate federal statutes that protect us against a national K-12 curriculum;

Whereas Common Core and Next Generation are national efforts at one-size-fits-all uniformity and, as such, go against our system of competitive federalism under our American Constitution; Now, Therefore Be It

Resolved, by the Republican Party in convention on Oct. 6, 2013, in Anaheim, California, that the Republican Party call on state legislators, the State Board of Education, and local school board members to sever ties with, not participate in, or align with Common Core and Next Generation when it comes to adoption of standards, teaching materials, or tests.

As we have said before, the Common Core’s days are numbered.  The only question is how long will it take and how many children will be harmed before it ends up on the ash heap of history!

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  1. Jessica LaCommare says:

    Question??? How do we STOP this in NY??? and every other state??

  2. patrick carlin says:

    Referencing the last paragraph of the article . . . many thousands of fine teachers’ lives have already been impacted by this agenda-gone-wild, as well! I hope they will be able to continue the battle from outside the system now. They no longer need fear loss of job or demotion, etc. for trying to stick to their excellent educational standards and practices that served our children and students for decades. I refer, of course, to the “carrot-on-a-stick” (early retirement incentives) that was offered in order to have the whole process of changing over from experienced educators to ones that could be TRAINED in the CCSS methods without questions or challenges.

  3. patrick carlin says:

    Bravo to those who finally have “eyes to see and ears to hear” what is really going on with this “glitzy” presentation called CCSS (remember it has the marketing money of Bill Gates behind it).
    Keep up the battle. . . and increase the networking that is really beginning to pick up speed and weight! God bless “We the People”. . .

  4. Carrie says:

    I believe a lot of parents and grandparents are aware of the facts behind this degrading system of common core, but yet I believe there are those who never even heard of it,
    it has to be brought and demanded of an appeal from our individual states including our representatives and superintendent of state. I personally asked a representative about common core, and he knew nothing about it, he said they get so overwhelmed with things that they will just sign off on things, not even reading all the terms, That should tell you enough in itself, we need to do our own research to find the facts on matters, someone else is not always going to lead you down the right path because there is a signature on it!!

  5. Debra Klinger says:

    Question – why have Carmel Clay Schools committed all-in to moving forward with Common Core even while the state has its implementation “on pause”? This is especially surprising given the constituency of CCS being a high-performing district of largely conservative parents with a large proportion of students aiming for selective four-year universities. Did they or the state legislature elicit any feedback from either IU or Purdue math or ELA departments with regard to the “college readiness” standards that no Math or English professor is willing to sign off on?

  6. leon dixon says:

    I am not so sure that the school district in question is actually high performing. It was not the last time I looked but the method I used was not the usual one. The IDOE computers used to have an ability to predict what a classroom’s performance should have been given the SES and IQ on average of the classroom. One could compare then, predicted performance vs actual performance measured in standard deviations. using this method, places like Carmel and Burris with high IQ and high SES were often several standard deviations below predicted performance. Meaning, not high performance given the talent on hand.
    I think the method a better one since sometimes in the Top Ten calculations one would see schools with low IQ and low SES having performance numbers that put them in the top ten in Indiana. It meant that really good things were happening in that school. The purpose, I imagine, in the Top Ten reporting was so that knowing where performance was happening those of us with much less performance could go there and emulate or copy what they had discovered to work well.
    Too, would Carmel Clay consent to having their ISTEP results redone on NAEP basis? That is, using a 36″ yardstick vs their current 24″ one? Would Hamilton SE do the same? It would be a great public service were they to screw up their courage and say that they wanted honest high jump comparisons instead of the low bar of Indiana political cut scores. It couldn’t cost much money to run these sorts of comparisons and I really think it ought to be insisted upon. Teacher quality is one important factor but so is Administrative Leadership.

  7. hobanr219 says:

    I have been a public high school math and science teacher for 21 years, and I oppose the CC and PARCC for many reasons. I believe that government/school leaders, the press, and the general public are operating under the misconception that CC and PARCC are well founded in research and experience, which they are not. Has anyone tried to stop Common Core and PARCC on the grounds that they are illegal experimentation? Neither has been tested scientifically and by imposing them on the entire state’s students and teachers, in essence those students and teachers have become “experimental subjects” without their knowledge or consent. I believe a lawsuit exposing the CC and PARCC for the reckless and unscientific way they have been forced upon the people would generate enough negative publicity to stop the implementation.

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