29 faceless people, accountable to no one, most from Achieve Inc., College Board, and ACT, decided, in private meetings, the standards for 50,000,000 students in the United States.
“THE CCSSI DEFINES ADOPTION OF THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS TO MEAN THAT AN AUTHORIZING BODY SUCH AS A STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION, HAS ACCEPTED 100 PERCENT OF THE STANDARDS VERBATIM. STATES ARE ‘ALLOWED TO ADD AN ADDITIONAL 15 PERCENT ON TOP OF THE CORE’ (CCSSI, MARCH 2010).”
If a state does add something under the 15% rule it will not be on the CC (SBAC or PARCC) test. Teachers, schools and administrators will be evaluated in large part by student test (SBAC or PARCC) scores.
If schools, districts, or states discover the standards are not appropriate for their students who do they go to? There is no answer. Former Assistant Secretary of Education, Diane Ravitch writes,
If a state that has adopted CC decide they want to change the standards for their state, they can't.
Teacher evaluations and ultimately job security will be determined partly by how their students perform on the CC aligned exams. If a teacher realizes the standards are not appropriate for her students, she can either do what is right for her students and teach what she knows is best for them, or teach to the test in order to save her job.
As a parent, if you object to the standards being taught who do you go to? Not the teacher, principal, or superintendent. There is no one to go to!
As a former teacher, I'm not sure how 29 people in DC know more about what 50,000,000 students should be learning than their local teachers.
With CC we turn over control of schools in 42 states to faceless people who are accountable to no one!