“Noncognitive” Factors: Are they Fair Game for Data Collection and Instruction?

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In February 2013, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology released a draft of Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century. To many who were aware of this report, it was alarming … Continue reading

What do Teachers Really Think of Common Core?

An excellent letter written by a teacher in Utah and shared by whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com. Perhaps we need to talk with the teachers at our local schools and see if  this is how they really feel.

http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2013/05/08/yet-another-teacher-speaks-out-a-letter-to-utah-legislature/

Common Core Background – White Paper

We just found this excellent white paper on the background of Common Core, and a look at the standards themselves which was posted at Truth in American Education. While it is long (44 pages), you might want to read it if you have a chance. There is a lot of factual information with endnotes at the back to direct you to the sources.

Controlling-Education-From-the-Top-PRINT, May 2012. This 23 page white paper written by Emmett McGroarty and Jane Robbins and published by American Principles Project and the Pioneer Institute.

What Information Will be Collected on Your Child and You?

We have been hearing from lots of people that one of the main concerns about Common Core is the intrusive data mining, and in particular, what information is being collected about your child. An unbelievable 533 pieces of data will be collected. In addition to the data we talked about previously, you can browse through the Common Education Data Standards – Domain Entity Schema.

If you don’t like what you see, you have a voice. Share what you learn with other parents, your schools, teachers, and co-workers. Read and sign our petition and let our state know what you think about CCSS.

Petition to Stop Common Core in WA State

Are you against the a common Core State Standards and want your voice heard? Please take a moment to read and sign the petition to stop Common Core in Washington State.

You can find the petition here.

The most important action that you can take at this moment is to SPREAD THE WORD. The Legislative session for 2013 is about to end and will not pick up again until January 2014. Between now and January, we need to make every person aware of CCSS and build strength in numbers. The more people that learn about CCSS and begin to take action and educate others, the better chance we have of making an impact with our state when it counts the most.

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Why Weaken Privacy Laws?

We all cherish our privacy, but why would the Federal Government want to weaken our privacy laws?  Unbelievably, under Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the U.S. Department of Education is allowing access to our children’s personal information, even medical records, to outside entities.  

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (epic.org) has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education challenging the changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  See here for more information.

#Commoncore, #ccss, #stopcommoncore, #FERPA

NY is setting a good example with a proposed bill to protect student privacy

NY has a proposed bill to protect student privacy by requiring parental consent to share children’s personally identifiable data!

To go directly to the proposed bill, please click on the following link:

http://assembly.state.ny.us/leg/?default_fld=&bn=A06059&term=2013&Summary=Y&Text=Y

 

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Have you read the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) that details out the data mining that is going to happen as part of Common Core State Standards?  You may think the Department of Education has our kids best interests at heart, but read for yourself and see what they have in store (and are already doing to some extent).  Whatiscommoncore.com has done a great job of detailing the biometric, behavioral, and family life data points being collected.  Please read and judge for yourself if you are comfortable with this. #stopcommoncore, #commoncore, #CCSS

http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2013/03/28/school-data-collection-facts-summary/