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  •  baloney (4+ / 0-)
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    to apply for Race to the Top funds governors had to commit to a set of standards, and it was clear that the only standards that would meet the qualifications were the not yet developed Common Core.  

    Common standards are meaningless without Common Assessments.  Both Consortia are funded heavily by the US Dept of Education -   to the total of $350 million

    Oh, and Race to the Top and the subsequent waivers of the sanctions under NCLB both require tying teacher evaluation to performance of students on assessments, usually tests.

    NONE of that applies to independent schools.

    Neither Lab School nor Sidwell use Common Core nor such high stakes tests.

    "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

    by teacherken on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 02:26:01 AM PDT

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      I wasn't attacking your point, I generally wasn't sure of the connection that's all.  

      Thanks.   How do the seven states that do not participate in common core (in part or full) get impacted?  

      I'm not asking to be a jerk here Ken, I'm generally interested.  Is the end solution a proposal to eliminate NCLB?

      Thanks.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 07:11:57 AM PDT

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      •  Duncan using NCLB as a stick (1+ / 0-)
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        to get states that were not on RttT or committed to Common Core to at least commit to tying teacher evaluation to student test scores as a condition to waiving the punitive sanctions on NCLB -  remember, this school year every student in every subgroup in every grade is supposed to be 100% proficient -  English Language Learners, Emotionally Disturbed, Special education.  And you have to test 95% of each subgroup so if you have 5 kids as language learners and one refuses to take the test you have failed Adequate Yearly Progress.

        Basically, except for selected admission schools, just about every school in the country can be found failing to meet AYP this year.

        Which is nuts.

        But then, no one ever expected schools to reach 100% proficiency, it just sounded nice, and people hoped they would fix the law before 2014.  Oops.  It has never been reauthorized by Congress, so it has stayed in effect while functioning under the rules of a Continuing Resolution.

        "Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do it, because what the world needs is more people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

        by teacherken on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 04:56:46 PM PDT

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        •  Ok. This is the information I needed (0+ / 0-)

          That clarifies a lot of the things I was lost on.    This makes the connection a lot more clear.

          Thanks.

          Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

          by Chris Reeves on Sun Apr 27, 2014 at 05:05:30 PM PDT

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