by Jennifer Reynolds, publisher of Arizonans Against Common Core.
A Rebrand of Common Core is coming unless we stop it through our combined voices speaking against the proposed 2016 English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Standards. Very little has changed with these 2016 Standards and we will still have Common Core!
As suspected the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and State Board of Education (SBE) are trying to "Rebrand Common Core" with their latest 2016 draft of the English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Standards. The ADE Working Groups were tasked to review and incorporate our public comments which have been ignored. Our pleas to take out the "prescriptive examples and developmentally inappropriate standards for ELA and Mathematics" have been brushed aside, and the ADE Working Groups proceeded with the 2nd rewrite with very little changes to the Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards (aka Common Core). If you put lipstick on the Common Core pig, it is still a pig!
Here are the reviews that our combined groups- Arizonans Against Common Core, Opt Out AZ and "Mommy Lobby AZ"- submitted to the SBE K-12 Standards website on October 3 for the draft 2016 ELA and Mathematics Standards. Parents voices were NOT heard, our comments were NOT incorporated, and here we have another "Rebrand of Common Core" if we let this happen just like we saw in 2013 with the renaming of Common Core to "Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards."
WE NEED YOUR VOICES at the Arizona Standards Development Committee Meeting on December 14:
December 14, 9am at the ADE building (1535 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85007). If you have commented on the draft 2016 ELA and Math standards AND/OR if you are fed up with what is happening in your child’s classroom with the Common Core standards and testing please show up and let your voices be heard. Nothing will change in Arizona if the 2016 ELA and Mathematics standards are approved by the Arizona Standards Development Committee and the State Board of Education which will happen with a subsequent vote. Common Core will be here to stay if we don’t rise up and stop it!
CAN’T ATTEND THE MEETING? Who to contact about the Rebrand of Common Core?
Governor Ducey initiated the "Arizona Standards Development Committee" to "review and replace the Common Core Standards"(http://education.azgovernor.gov/edu/arizonas-academic-standards) on March 23, 2015 and these are his direct words, "As you know, I am against Common Core and spoke out against it on the campaign trail. That has not changed. Like you, I have high expectations and am for high standards for our students. We cannot excel without them. So, Arizonas standards must reflect the goals, expectations, and input of Arizonas parents and teachers. I encourage every Arizonan to get engaged in this process of creating new standards and assist the State Board of Education in the work ahead. Attend public meetings. Make calls. Write letters. Use social media. Make your voice heard. If like me, you are opposed to the federal governments increased involvement in our K-12 system, this is the quickest, best and most responsible way to fix it. If Arizona is going to be the best place in the nation to educate a child, then Arizonans must lead the way." (http://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/im-arizona-standards) "
Contact Governor Ducey’s Senior Education Policy Advisor Dawn Wallace: firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-542-1316.
Diane Douglas ran on the campaign promise to "Stop Common Core." Contact Superintendent Douglas and her staff who ran the ADE Working Groups and who are "Rebranding Common Core:" Superintendent Diane Douglas: Diane.Douglas@azed.gov or 602-542-5423
Carol Lippert, Associate Superintendent, High Academic Standards: Carol.Lippert@azed.gov or 602-364-1985.
Jonathan Moore, Deputy Associate Superintendent, K-12 Standards: Jonathan.Moore@azed.gov or 602-364-2810.
Suzi Mast, Director of K-12 Mathematics Standards: Suzi.Mast@azed.gov or 602-364-4030.
Sean Ross, Director of K-12 ELA and Humanities Standards: Sean.Ross@azed.gov or 602-542-6342
Executive Director at the State Board of Education (SBE)- Karol Schmidt: Karol.Schmidt@azsbe.az.gov or 602-542-5057
Let our voices be heard that "WE WILL NOT ACCEPT A REBRAND OF COMMON CORE on our watch!"
For our precious children,
If you are just now waking up to the WAR that has been going on all around you for the last 5 years:
The National Common Core Standards System
An English Language Arts Curriculum Framework for American Public Schools: A Model
Mathematics Content Standards for California Public Schools Kindergarten through Grade Twelve: A Model
Two addenda could be added to the California standards referenced above that elaborate on the standards themselves and deal with pedagogical and organizational issues: 1) Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 2000 Revised Edition; and 2) Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools, 2006 Edition."
Arizonans against Common Core
Opt Out AZ!
Opt Out AZ! Facebook
Stop Common Core in Arizona Facebook
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Recommended Modifications to 2016 AZ Draft English/Language Arts Standards: Richard W Hawkins
Developmentally Inappropriate Standards for K-3 Should be Removed
Piaget’s Cognitive Stages of Development
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19 Congressmen Reassert Parents and Students’ Right to Opt-Out of High Stakes State Assessments
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Failure: The Federal Misedukation of America’s Children
Common Core Insider Reveals Information About LA Bid Rigging
Ten Common Core Promoters Laughing all the Way to the Bank
I’m Sorry, Students
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Sick Days are No Cure for the Assessment Opt-Out Blues
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Special ed teacher quits: ‘I just cannot justify making students cry anymore’
NYC Parents File Lawsuit to Block State from Sharing Student Data
Math test scores down for the first time in 25 years
Meet 5 Award-Winning Teachers Who Reject Common Core
Common Core Standards’ Devastating Impact on Literary Study and Analytical Thinking
Common Core’s English Language Arts Standards: Problems and Issues Sandra Stotsky
Controlling Education From the Top: Why Common Core Is Bad for America
Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors
When Will We Ever Learn: Dissecting The Common Core State Standards with Dr. Louisa Moats
Mathematician Dr. James Milgram Warns Common Core Will Destroy America’s Standing in Technology
A Discussion of the Issues with the Common Core Mathematics Standards
Arizona K-12 School Finance Statistics: Why does Arizona Rank #48 in Per Pupil Spending?
More Education for our Dollars, Not More Dollars for Education
E.P.I.C. versus the U.S. Department of Education
Not With My Child, You Won’t: Psychological Damages of Common Core Analyzed by Joan Landes
Sen. Allen Calls On Educators To Respect Parent’s Rights
Beautiful Letter from an Arizona Teacher to Her Students
The Schools’ War on Arizona’s Children: Part 3 Emotional Child Abuse
The Schools’ War on Arizona’s Children: Part 2 Online Charter Schools
Opt Out Movement should Flourish During Testing Season
The Schools’ War On Arizona’s Children: Part 1
Dear Senators: "About your decision to disregard parental authority….."
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Marriage & Family Parental Rights
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Personally Identifiable Information Requests from the Arizona Department of Education.
A Day in the Life of a Data Mined Kid
Teacher Evaluation Should Not Rest on Student Test Scores (Revised 2016)
Letter of Assertion to Opt Out and Refuse the AZMerit Test
More than Scores
Arizona’s Top-Rated Schools.
Arizona Schools’ Report Cards.
850+ Colleges and Universities That Do Not Use SAT/ACT Scores to Admit Substantial Numbers of Students Into Bachelor Degree Programs
Why Parents are Opting Their Children out of High Stakes Testing
No Fear of Federal Financial Impact for Your School if you Boycott Standardized Tests
Why You Can Boycott Standardized Tests Without Fear of Federal Penalties to Your School (Updated March 2016)
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Ten Reasons To Opt Out of Common Core/SAGE Testing
Dr. James Milgram – Common Core Forum Baton Rouge, LA
Dr. Sandra Stotsky – Common Core Forum, Part 1 Baton Rouge, LA
Dr. Sandra Stotsky – Common Core Forum, Part 2, Baton Rouge, LA
Common Core’s Validation: A Weak Foundation for a Crooked House
Why Steve Jobs Didn’t Let His Kids Use iPads (And Why You Shouldn’t Either)
Teachers Revolt Over Common Core Tests
Huppenthal Admitted Arizona Education Was Improving BEFORE Common Core
Tom Horne Brought Common Core to Arizona
Common Core Globalization: Fact and Fiction
The History of Common Core Standards
Those 24 Common Core 2009 Work Group Members
Mercedes Schneider: Who are the 24 People Who Wrote the Common Core Standards?
Child Psychologist Dr. Megan Koschnick Explains Why Common Core Standards are Inappropriate for K-3
What’s Wrong with Arizona’s Common Core Standards? (aka ACCS)