Kindergarteners Required to Test Twice a Year as Seattle “Rises” to Data Driven Education,


Seattle’s short-lived victory over standardized testing has come to a screeching halt. In March 2013, as a result of a very impressive boycott of the districts MAP test by both students and teachers alike, Superintendent of Seattle Schools, Jose’ Banda … Continue reading

Guest Column: Common core standards off mark


The Common Core State Standards (CCSS), currently being implemented in the Ellensburg School District, are an anathema. They arguably violate the constitutional-based directions that the education of our children is grounded in parental and local community control. The “20 U.S.C. … Continue reading

A Pig in a Poke

Jimmie Applegate is a retired Central Washington University professor.  He recently wrote a column for the Daily Record in Ellensburg called Common Core Standards off Mark.

Mr. Applegate very succinctly addresses some issues related to the Common Core State Standards adopted by Washington State and being implemented by school districts across the state.  Some key issues he touches on are the violation of the constitution and US Code, the funding of the development of the CCSS, and the loss of local control.

He makes the case that we have bought a “pig in a poke”.  Most people, includingIMG956017 the state, do not know what our state has bought and we really don’t know what we have given up in doing so.

I recall learning in English class that there is a difference between fact and opinion.  I also recall learning more about fact statements—fact statements can be true or they can be false.  So just because something is stated as a fact does not make it true.  You are encouraged to do your own fact checking to determine if statements you see and hear about the CCSS are true or false….  or somewhere in between.

Data, data, data… Data is King

Gretchen Logue presented as a panel member discussing the Common Core in Chesterfield, MO on April 25, 2013.  Gretchen is the editor of the Missouri Education Watchdog and a founder of the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core.  She has been following the Common Core since 2009 and has done extensive research on related issues.  She presented information about agreements that have been made allowing student-level data that is collected on students to be shared outside school districts and states.

In her presentation she refers to DESE which stands for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  This is to Missouri what the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is to Washington State.  Much of what she talks about is not specific to Missouri.  The agreement with the assessment consortium she mentions applies to all states, including Washington, that are a part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

Here is a video of Gretchen’s presentation.  This video is about fourteen and half minutes long and well worth taking the time watch.

Watch for future posts with more information about the relationship between Washington State and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.