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3 1. It is NOT state led. It was initiated and created by private interests in Washington, DC, without any true representation from the states. Standards were “written with minimal public awareness or participation”. There are almost 14,000 school boards in the U.S. and only 1,000 responders commented during the one month public feedback window in 2009.

4 Standards were led by: Achieve, Inc. (a nonprofit organization comprised of education reformers who have been advocating national standards and curriculum for decades.) National Governors Association (NGA –a trade association that doesn’t include all governors.) Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO –another DC based trade association), partnered with the following: AIR (American Institute for Research –“a global leader in P-20 education.” Textbook companies such as McGraw Hill, Pearson, & Scholastic. Corporations such as Microsoft, Knewton, and the Data Recognition Corporation. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation The William & Flora Hewlett Foundation And many other “Philanthropy groups” and Corporations

5 Take Note: The AZMerit was not a state created test. It was created by AIR (American Institute for Research). AIR is a partner of Smarter Balanced who was given over $175 million by the U.S. Department of Education to create standardized tests for Common Core along with PARCC. Both AIR and SMARTER Balanced have also received millions from the Gates Foundation. Secretary Duncan’s chief of staff wrote, “…the Common Core was intended to create a national market for book publishers, technology companies, testing corporations, and other vendors.”

6 Some say that businesses brought us these standards to help our nation to be able to compete in the global economy-- & Bill Gates, by far, is the largest leader in developing and implementing the Common Core Standards and has invested over $2.3 billion dollars.

7 “For the first time, there will be a large uniform base of customers eager to buy products that can help every kid learn and every teacher get better.” –Bill Gates [49]

8 2. Data Collection Under the Race to the Top agreement, states are obligated to “implement a State Longitudinal Database System (SLDS) used to track students by obtaining personally identifiable information.” [25]

9 How is the data collected? As of 2015, the Arizona Department of Education is continually putting information into a database, called the “AZDash”.

10 What type info is put into AZDash? We do not know exactly what type of info is put into the Statewide Database. However, in 2012 Pres. Obama made and executive order that changed FERPA (student privacy laws) so that they may obtain the following [48]: The student’s name; The name of the student’s parent or other family members; The address of the student or student’s family; A Personal Identifier, such as the student’s SSN, student number or biometric record (“biometric record” as used in the definition for “personally identifiable information” means a record of one or more measurable biological or behavioral characteristics that can be used for automated recognition of an individual. Examples include fingerprints; retina and iris patterns; voiceprints; DNA sequence; facial characteristics; and handwriting); The student’s date of birth, place of birth, and mother’s maiden name;

11 What info will be collected on my child specifically from the AZMerit? AIR (American Institute for Research) is a behavioral testing company. They created the test (with Smarter Balanced), AIR will have access to your schools’ wifi, AIR grades the test & reports info that will go into the database. No one knows what type of information they will collect, not even the Arizona Department of Education. However we do know that they will be gathering information from your child’s test question answers. A behavioral research company can also easily gather very personal and sensitive information via psychoanalysis of what your child writes. (See (Sensitive info such as religious beliefs, party affiliation, views on gun control, population control, environmental issues, sexual preferences, etc.) Testing companies are also know for starting their tests off with a survey.

12 Parents, Teachers, Principals, School Administrators, etc… ARE NOT ALLOWED to view the test Not before, during, or even after! Teachers, principals, and district employees are required to sign a contract stating that they promise not to view the test. Several teachers have lost their license to teach in Arizona due to looking at questions while their students were taking the test.

13 The White House Hosted a “Datapalooza” in 2012 that described other information that they would like to obtain, such as: How your child is feeling a certain day? [31] What did your child eat for breakfast? What types of educational material help your child learn best? Videos, books, digital devices? At what times of the day does your child learn best? How does your child feels about himself/herself?[31]

14 Don’t Believe It? Hear it straight from the horse’s mouth: In 2012, the White House hosted a “Datapalooza” --no joke, that’s what they really called it! “The human race is about to enter into a totally data-mined existence, and it’s going to be really fun to watch… …Knewton students today (we have 180,000 right now, by December it will be about 650,000 and by next year it will be in the millions and then the next year it will be close to 10 million. And that’s just through our Pearson partnership)… …we literally have more data on our students than any company has about anybody else about anything –and that’s not even close… …and when we go take that whole combined data power, that whole network of millions, soon to be tens of millions, and eventually hundreds of millions of people and for every single concept that your child learns… we will take that combined power of that data network to find the perfect plan for that kid to learn that concept.” -- Jose Ferreira, CEO of Knewton at 2012 White House Datapalooza [31]

15 Data, data, & more data… In addition to traditional data points, the current P-20 system can collect more than 400 individual pieces of data on students, including: Hobbies Medical Conditions Learning Disabilities Religious Affiliations Family Income Behavioral Problems At-Risk Status Homework Completion Overall Health Status Dwelling Arrangements Career Goals

16 Also, under the new FERPA laws, your child’s personally identifiable information can be shared with companies and organizations that helped develop and implement the Common Core Standards, related exams, and databases. (This violates the 4 th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution!)

17 Who can info be shared with? Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (the biggest in Common Core); Achieve, Inc. (Intel, Pearson, Harcourt, McGraw-Hill, Scholastic, Microsoft, HP,…); William and Flora Hewlett Foundation; National Governors Association (this is a trade organization & does not have to answer to voters); Council of Chief State School Officers (another trade organization); American Institute for Research (AIR is a behavioral research company); SMARTER Balanced (SBAC) and PARCC (received over $330 million of tax payer money to develop CC tests); The SAT College Board and ACT; Pearson (wants to shift learning from tangible textbooks to online sources); Knewton (“data mining children” –CEO, Jose Ferreira); Gallup (known for national political polls); Agilix (talks about collecting data even on a child’s feelings); (storing personal information to help you apply for future scholarships); And many, many more…

18 How do these companies get this information?


20 The Data Review Board meets 4 times per year to review data requests. The meetings are closed to the public.

21 3. Common Core is Tied to High-stakes Testing

22 What does “high-stakes testing” mean? High stakes testing is so named because the test outcomes are used to make important, often life-altering decisions. Such decisions may include the denial of a high school diploma, the repetition of a grade, the labeling of students and schools in pejorative ways, the withholding of funding, and even the closing of a school. Students who may do well in school all year but fail a high stakes test may be required to attend summer school and take the test again or spend another year in the same grade… / /

23 High Stakes Testing Has Many Negative Consequences. The loss of valuable learning time due to teachers preparing students for the test. (Some schools are spending the entire month of March to prepare for the test.) Can only produce a snap shot of how a student performs that day. (Portfolio assessments are much more effective on determining a student’s progress and knowledge) Reduces the importance of other educational enriching activities such as music, art, P.E., and even history; Undermines American ideas of free thinking, creativity, experimentation, freedom of expression and diversity in education; Has the potential to increase bullying in schools and suicide rates (as seen in Japan, China, and South Korea);

24 The National Education Association (NEA) has signed on to a resolution that calls for a reduction of standardized mandates and base school accountability on multiple forms of measurements. [46] NEA’s “Campaign Against Toxic Testing”: “The overuse of standardized tests for high stakes decisions has shortchanged students, teachers and our education system in too many ways for far too long,” said Dennis Van Roekel. “We’ve lost sight of the reason tests were designed—to help gauge students’ comprehension and progress.”

25 High-stakes exams have no diagnostic value because teachers cannot learn from them and about the needs of their students. (These are children, not adults trying to become attorneys!)

26 High-stakes testing is particularly unfair to under- privileged schools… These children should not be compared to areas where more advantaged children live. You may be able to compare apples to apples, but children are people –not fruit.

27 --Diane Ravitch, (A historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development) [42] “What the advocates ignored is that test scores are heavily influenced by socioeconomic status. Standardized tests are normed on a bell curve. The upper half of the curve has an abundance of those who grew up in favorable circumstances, with educated parents, books in the home, regular medical care, and well-resourced schools. Those who dominate the bottom half of the bell curve are the kids who lack those advantages, whose parents lack basic economic security, whose schools are overcrowded and under-resourced. To expect tougher standards and a renewed emphasis on standardized testing to reduce poverty and inequality is to expect what never was and never will be.”

28 We are a very diverse nation and all have different needs: One size does not fit all!

29 Other problems with Common Core: Loss of local control Sub-par standards that are NOT internationally benched-marked They were sold to us as a bribe by the U.S. Department of Education A national set of standards easily paves the way for a national curriculum

30 So, if not Common Core, what should we put in its place? In all honesty, we do not need national standards. Scientific evidence shows education standards do not improve student achievement. [45] Our nation put a man on the moon without any type of mandated standards!

31 However, if Arizona feels the need to have standards to satisfy political public opinion, then we should put in place: A true Arizona State led set of standards! We can bring back the previous AZ State standards that were rated just as good as the Common Core standards. This will give our state time to research other solutions. We really do have some very brilliant educators within our own state! Other states like Massachusetts and California had previous superior state standards that we could imitate and adopt. [43] Dr. Sandra Stotsky has offered Arizona the previously rated #6 in the world ELA standards for FREE! We can use past assessments such as the Iowa & Standford 9. Districts should be the ones to decide on which standardized test to use.

32 How can we get rid of the national Common Core standards/ data mining/ high-stakes testing?

33 Join in the effort! Opt out of the AzMerit (Boston Tea Party Style!) Go to Through Legislation Through our Governor Through our School Boards Sign up for email action alerts (email us at: SPREAD THE WORD!

34 Our kids are worth it!

35 Sources: 1. Common Core fact sheet by Dr. Sandra Stotsky (CC Validation Committee Member):, 2. 3. Diane Ravitch’s blog (a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.) 4. 5. Common Core ELA Standards: 6. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. Dr. Sandra Stotsky’s testimony before the Texas Legislature: 18. 19. 20. 21. Fordham Institute rating of Arizona’s previous standards: 22. Former AZ School Superintendent, John Huppenthal’s letter to parents on November 3, 2014: 23. AIR partners with SMARTER Balanced: 24. US Dept. of Education award letter to SMARTER Balanced: 25. Letter to Arne Duncan from Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) about concerns over student data collection: Education-Secretary-Arne-Duncan Education-Secretary-Arne-Duncan

36 26. White House hosts 2012 Datapalooza: 27. Arizona Daily Independent article: 28. Arizona Daily Star: 29. 30. 31. 2010 White House Datapalooza, Agilix presentation: 32. CCSSO Corporate Partners: 33. The 15% Rule: 34. Common Core Copyright: 35. (Diane Ravitch is a a historian of education, an educational policy analyst, and a research professor at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.) 36. Common Core Public Feedback: 37. “What is Achieve Inc.?”: 38. Memorandum of Understanding, RTTT Waiver & Implementation of Common Core, May 2010: applications/arizona.pdf applications/arizona.pdf 39. Common Core Standards published in June 2010: standards.html 40. Race To The Top Grant: 41. NEA calls for Arne Duncan’s resignation: 42. Diane Ravitch’s Speech to the Modern English Association: 43. 44. Fordham State ratings prior to Common Core implementation: 45. Scientific evidence shows education standards do not improve student achievement: 46. 47. The Absurdity of High-stakes testing: 48. 49.

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