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1 How Common are the Common Core State Standards? Pam Tyson Fall 2014

2 Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

3 Bombardment of Messages  Many States are rejecting the CCSS  How true is this?  What are the precipitating issues?

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5 SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) Fiscal State is Washington & Management Partner is WestEd Was Awarded $176 million 31 States Participating in SBAC In the beginning …2011

6 PARCC: From 26 to 15 states SBAC: From 31 to 20 states In SBACPARCC

7 Which Tests Will Be Given in ? A Fractured Testing Landscape 28 May 2014 by Jim Stergios in EdWeek SBAC: From 20 to 17 states PARCC: From 13 to 9 states

8 Every State has seen some opposition to CCSS. As of Fall 2014, Approximately 43 States Have CCSS as their Adopted Standards But what about the Standards?

9 Where We Stand in Fall, 2014  More than 40 states remain committed to the Common Core.  A handful have adopted cosmetic tweaks or cut their ties with the consortium that develops tests geared to these standards. Bloomberg View Common Core, a Work in Progress 9/24/2014, by David Shipley, Senior editor

10 Map of the United States of America and territories highlighting which have and have not adopted the Common Core State Standards. 45 States and DC Adopted CCSS in 2010

11 States and The CCSS Aligned with CCSS NOT Aligned with CCSS Generally Accepted Numbers 43 States7 States Breakdown of States Pam’s Numbers 40.5 States9.5 States “Iffy” in Pam’s Count Serious obstacles could change status 6 States How different are they? 4 States

12 Never Adopted OR Rejected CCSS N = 9½ Alaska The state never adopted CCSS, although several Alaskan school districts did. Indiana SBE approved new standards in April. Standards for hoosiers will be written by hoosiers! Minnesota (Math) The State had already redrawn its standards with the CCSS came along Nebraska Nebraska never adopted CCSS. They use state standards developed by teachers. A study found that Nebraska's math standards cover most of the national Common Core North Carolina Legislation signed to rewrite the CCSS. The new standards could “integrate” parts of the current CCSS. Oklahoma Repeal of CCSS signed into law. USED did not renew state’s waiver to NCLB. Education officials estimate that 70% of districts had integrated CCSS into textbooks. Pennsylvania Pennsylvania’s Core Standards took effect in March were developed in part by examining CCSS. South Carolina Law signed in May requires new standards to replace CCSS by August Meanwhile, full implementation of Common Core, to include aligned testing, continues as planned this school year. Texas Refused to adopt the CCSS, instead mandating curriculum standards known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Virginia Refused to participate in CCSS, instead decided to strengthen its own Standards of Learning

13 Never Adopted OR Rejected CCSS N = 9½ Alaska The state never adopted CCSS, although several Alaskan school districts did. Indiana SBE approved new standards in April. Standards for hoosiers will be written by hoosiers! Minnesota (Math) The State had already redrawn its standards with the CCSS came along Nebraska Nebraska never adopted CCSS. They use state standards developed by teachers. A study found that Nebraska's math standards cover most of the national Common Core North Carolina Legislation signed to rewrite the CCSS. The new standards could “integrate” parts of the current CCSS. Oklahoma Repeal of CCSS signed into law. USED did not renew state’s waiver to NCLB. Education officials estimate that 70% of districts had integrated CCSS into textbooks. Pennsylvania Pennsylvania’s Core Standards took effect in March were developed in part by examining CCSS. South Carolina Law signed in May requires new standards to replace CCSS by August Meanwhile, full implementation of Common Core, to include aligned testing, continues as planned this school year. Texas Refused to adopt the CCSS, instead mandating curriculum standards known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills Virginia Refused to participate in CCSS, instead decided to strengthen its own Standards of Learning

14 South Carolina: How Different are They?  Many legislators instituted a new law as a way to satisfy the opposition by essentially stepping up a review that would have occurred anyway, expecting little to change.  Leaders of the state Board of Education and Education Oversight Committee (the two groups that must approve any changes) said there's no time to start from scratch.

15 Follow-Up to a Gallup Poll  A national poll released in October 2014 by Education Next found that  support for the standards is slipping, from 65% in 2013 to 53%  Much of the opposition was driven by reactions to the label “Common Core,” rather than opposition to the overall concept of common educational standards.  “When the Common Core label is dropped from the question, support for the concept among the general public leaps from 53% to 68%.”

16 How Different Are They? North Carolina Legislation signed to rewrite the CCSS. The new standards could “integrate” parts of the current CCSS Pennsylvania Pennsylvania’s Core Standards took effect in March we developed in part by examining CCSS. Attempts to repeal these standards. South Carolina Many legislators saw the new law as a way to satisfy the opposition by essentially stepping up a review that would have occurred anyway, expecting little to change. Leaders of the state Board of Education and Education Oversight Committee — the two groups that must approve any changes — said there's no time to start from scratch.

17 Florida – A State that Adopted Existing Laws repealed mention of CCSS in law. For example, legislators passed a measure that repealed more than 30 mentions of Common Core that were placed into state law just a year ago.  Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS)  Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS)

18 States Aligned with CCSS N = 40½ + DC AlabamaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColorado ConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaii IdahoIllinoisIowaKansasKentucky Louisiana Governor against CCSS MaineMarylandMassachusettsMichigan Mississippi Governor against CCSS MissouriMontanaNevadaNew Hampshire New JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth DakotaOhio OregonRhode Island South Dakota TennesseeUtah VermontWashingtonWest Virginia WisconsinWyoming

19 States Aligned with CCSS N = 40½ + DC AlabamaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColorado ConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaii IdahoIllinoisIowaKansasKentucky Louisiana Governor against CCSS MaineMarylandMassachusettsMichigan Mississippi Governor against CCSS MissouriMontanaNevadaNew Hampshire New JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth DakotaOhio OregonRhode Island South Dakota TennesseeUtah VermontWashingtonWest Virginia WisconsinWyoming

20 Obstacles: Could Change Status. New Hampshire Local school boards are not required to adopt the Common Core standards, even though they have been endorsed by the state Board of Education. Still an SBAC state.

21 Obstacles: Could Change Status Massachusetts CCSS being challenged by a grassroots org., Common Core Forum – wants to go back to previous standards. Parents, teachers, and elected officials have called for repeal and more transparency from the state Montana Adopted CCSS and taking aligned assessment. Legislature considering barring funding in Still an SBAC state. New York Dissatisfaction with CCSS tests lead to parents “opting” out of tests. Political attempts to put a Stop Common Core Party on ballot in November. New Hampshire Local school boards are not required to adopt the Common Core standards, even though they have been endorsed by the state Board of Education. Still an SBAC state.

22 Obstacles: Could Change Status. Georgia Recent compromise to form a study committee to review the standards’ origins. Massachusetts CCSS being challenged by a grassroots org., Common Core Forum – wants to go back to previous standards. Parents, teachers, and elected officials have called for repeal and more transparency from the state Montana Adopted CCSS and taking aligned assessment. Legislature considering barring funding in Still an SBAC state. New York Dissatisfaction with CCSS tests lead to parents “opting” out of tests. Political attempts to put a Stop Common Core Party on ballot in November. New Hampshire Local school boards are not required to adopt the Common Core standards, even though they have been endorsed by the state Board of Education. Still an SBAC state. Utah CCSS under review. Will develop a report to outline the process of adoption of the standards, level of control State and schools have over curriculum, & how well do the standards prepare students for success.

23 Jindal and Louisiana  After unsuccessfully trying to withdraw Louisiana from Common Core over the objections of his hand-selected SSPI, Jindal is now suing the Barack Obama administration, claiming it forced the new benchmarks on states.  That’s a creative legal argument, since Jindal himself enthusiastically and voluntarily signed up for the Common Core in  Jindal is unlikely to succeed in court. Bloomberg View: Common Core, a Work in Progress (9/24/2014) by David Shipley the senior editor responsible for Bloomberg View’s editorials

24 Top 3 Reasons for Opposition to CCSS According to Gallup Poll 1.Limits the flexibility of teachers 2.Teachers in their community don’t support the CCSS 3.Federal Government Involvement Gallup finds opposition to Common Core August 19, 2014 | By Michelle Maitre

25 Dissension Over CCSS  A convergence of concerns  NCLB waivers & attempts to tie teacher performance evaluations to standardized test scores (DE, DC, MD, NJ, NY, OR, WA)  The CCSS is a federal overreach into education  The Rush to implement standards has led to inadequate support of teachers, and inadequate communication with the public Education Week Published Online: September 3, 2014 Big Year Looms for Common-Core Testing By Catherine Gewertz Vol. 34, Issue 03

26 CALIFORNIA’S SUPPORT What about CA? Where do we stand?

27 CA Higher Education Pledge Common-Core Support  The leaders of the four branches of California's public and private higher education establishment have proclaimed their support of the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced tests, saying that they are adjusting admission requirements and teacher-preparation programs to line up with the new expectations.  University of California President Janet Napolitano; California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White; Brice W. Harris, the chancellor of California's community college system; and Kristen F. Soares, the president of the Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities.  By Catherine Gewertz on September 4, 2014

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31 Common Core, a Work in Progress  There is nothing sacred about CCSS, the educational standards that are attracting renewed criticism as the school year begins. The standards which are intended to ensure that students graduate from high school prepared to do college level work, were not handed down from the heavens on stone tablets. They are a major improvement over previous standards in most states, but they remain a work in progress. David Shipley editor for the Bloomberg View on 9/24/2014

32 Primary Source 50-State Look at How Common Core Playing out in US Sep 2, 2014, 1:32 AM ET By The Associated Press


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