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Common Core, Aligned Curriculum, and Other NGA/Duncan-decided Issues | deutsch29

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Common Core, Aligned Curriculum, and Other NGA/Duncan-decided Issues

November 24, 2013



In this post, I would like to offer information on the beginnings of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and its interconnectedness with other so-called reforms. I refer to three documents (all linked below) from June 2008, June 2009, and June 2010.
My initial purpose in examining these documents was to ascertain the admitted connection between CCSS and the intention to promote an aligned curriculum. One cannot assess standards in the absence of curriculum; if there is both promotion of standards (the beginning) and assessment (the end), then curriculum (the middle) must be present.
It is.
My initial investigation into the standards-curriculum-assessment connection led to other notable finds, which I also mention in this post.
And now, for examination of the three Junes mentioned above, plus one July and one September.
In June 2008, the Hunt Institute and the National Governors Association (NGA) offered the following information as part of an NGA press release regarding the “need” for 

Comments on NJ’s Teacher Evaluation Report & Gross Statistical Malfeasance | School Finance 101

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Comments on NJ’s Teacher Evaluation Report & Gross Statistical Malfeasance

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A while back, in a report from the NJDOE, we learned that outliers are all that matters. They are where life’s important lessons lie! Outliers can provide proof that poverty doesn’t matter. Proof that high poverty schools – with a little grit and determination – can kick the butts of low poverty schools. We were presented with what I, until just the other day might have considered the most disingenuous, dishonest, outright corrupt graphic representation I’ve seen… (with this possible exception)!
Yes, this one:Slide5This graph was originally presented by NJ Commissioner Cerf in 2012 as part of his state of the schools address. I blogged about this graph and several other absurd misrepresentations of data in the same presentation here here.
Specifically, I showed before that the absurd selective presentation of data in this graph 

'We're Losing Our Little Boy': One Family's Heartbreaking Fight For Their Son's Education

'We're Losing Our Little Boy': One Family's Heartbreaking Fight For Their Son's Education:

'We're Losing Our Little Boy': One Family's Heartbreaking Fight For Their Son's Education

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 WASHINGTON -- Greg Masucci just wants to hear his little boy say his own name.
That's what he tells developmental specialists as he sits in an office at John Tyler Elementary School for what feels like the hundredth meeting to hash out his son's educational goals. This time, the specialists insist the school can't be expected to teach 6-year-old Maximus to say his name and his family's name upon request.
"He should be able to say his name, our name … and maybe 'Washington, D.C.,'" Greg says. "You know, just, God forbid, if he gets kidnapped."
Max has severe autism. He can't talk, sit still or express his desires. Sometimes he smears his own feces on bathroom walls and dives head first onto his bed. No one understands why.
Greg's nightmare scenario of losing Max isn't hypothetical. Schools have lost him in 

Corporatist Ed Reform as Symptom | educarenow

Corporatist Ed Reform as Symptom | educarenow:

Corporatist Ed Reform as Symptom


Two recent pieces came out that insightfully show that the current push of corporatist education reform is actually a symptom of something much more ominous, the destruction of all that is held for the common good, all that is “public.” Both the recent Commonweal review of Diane Ravitch’s important new book, Reign of Error, and the Bill Moyers’ interview with Henry Giroux connect many important dots.
First of all, Reform of the Reform, the review of Ravitch’s book, serves as a primer of the neoliberal movement in and of itself. Jackson Lears starts by grounding his piece in a history of the damage done by “creative destruction.” Lears tells the story of the phrase as it runs from Harvard economist Joseph Schrumpeter, through Schrumpeter’s current and well-known disciple of innovative disruption, Clayton Christensen. Lears writes:
“Policymakers and business gurus have endowed the word ‘disruption’ with 
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