Advocates of Common Core State Standards love to point out how 45 states and the District of Columbia have voluntarily adopted this new national public school regimen. What they're not telling you, however, is how federal and state funds were used to muscle its adoption or how expert reviews and efficacy shortfalls have prompted political and educational action in at least 17 of those states to restrict or reverse the tides of CCSS rollout, according to a brand-new report in The Huffington Post.
In August, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Oklahoma and Utah withdrew from the assessment groups designing tests for the CCSS. And in September, Florida Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order restricting Florida's involvement with the CCSS national assessments because of concerns over federal overreach of the program. Congress.org reported, "Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Utah are all currently considering full withdrawal with other fiscally conservative states sure to follow."
CCSS advocates also love to point out that the standards were, in the words of Stateline, "created by the nonpartisan Council of Chief State School Officers, which represents the top education officers in each state, and the National Governors Association." What they're not telling you, however, is the evidence I've detailed in the first four parts of my series about how the feds have been intricately involved in CCSS creation, funding and rollout from the beginning -- something they even tried to adamantly deny for years.
The advocates -- such as Chuck Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers -- love to pontificate that "teachers are enthusiastic about the implementation of CCSS in their classroom." But what they don't tell you is that, for example, a letter drafted to parents and endorsed by more than 530 New York principals shared their grave concern about the soundness of CCSS standardized tests that state education officials were imposing on students in grades three through eight.
They also won't tell you about a letter, in the words of The Washington Post, "signed by more than 1,535 New York principals and more than 6,500 teachers, parents, professors, administrators and citizens" that highlighted children's visceral reactions among a dozen strong objections to CCSS testing: "We know that many children cried during or after testing, and others vomited or lost control of their bowels or bladders. Others simply gave up."