This article titled, COMMON CORE: SOMETHING ROTTEN IN EDUCATION, was written by four concerned mothers, Jenn Jones, Jaime Mumms, Darlene Eulie, Gwen M. Clark, they write:
“In February 2009, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Stimulus) provided the carrot to dangle in front of the states to get them to commit. An earmark of $4.35 billion was created for states that, ‘made significant progress’ in meeting four education reform objectives. These objectives included improving state standards and improving the quality of academic assessments. A month after the Stimulus bill was passed, the Department of Education announced the Race to the Top – a competition of the states to qualify for Stimulus money.
Race to the Top was conducted in two phases:
Phase 1 – November 1, 2009. …states had to commit to implementing the standards in order to be considered for the grant. This was expected with-out ever seeing a draft of what the standards were. This phase had a due date of January 19, 2010. In March 2010, two months after states were required to show their commitment to Common Core in order to be eligible for Race to the Top funding, a draft of the Common Core Standards was released.
Phase 2 – April 2010. States had to show proof of steps they had taken to comply with requirements. Deadline June 1, 2010. On June 2, 2010 the final draft of the K-12 Common Core Standards were released. States were then given an extension of the deadline until August 2, 2010, to amend their submissions to show evidence that they had adopted Common Core Standards. Nine states won Phase 2 funding; FL, GA, HI, MD, MA, NY, NC, OH, and RI.
By Phase 2, 46 states had adopted Common Core."
By November 2014 three states dropped Common Core and many others are trying to drop it. But there are still about 43 states are still "in" Common Core, that will likely change.
States signed onto CCSS to obtain federal funds and to obtain waivers to No Child Left Behind. Lindsey Burke writes, "THE STRINGS ASSOCIATED WITH THE WAIVERS (TO NCLB) ARE SIGNIFICANT, AND INCLUDE STATES AGREEING TO ADOPT 'STANDARDS THAT ARE COMMON TO A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF STATES' IN ORDER TO BE COMPETITIVE FOR A WAIVER. IN THE CASE OF ALL BUT ONE STATE—VIRGINIA—THAT HAS MEANT ADOPTING THE ONLY COMMON STANDARDS OPTION AVAILABLE: THE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS INITIATIVE."
On 4/28/09 Governor Gibbons signed the STATE FISCAL STABILIZATION FUND application.
In the application NV agreed to:
1) Establish SLDS
2) Take actions to improve teacher effectiveness
3) Enhance the quality of academic assessments
4) Improve academic content standards (which became CCSS)
On 5/28/10 Governor Gibbons signed the RACE TO THE TOP PHASE 2 APPLICATION and agreed to:
1) Adopt CC
2) Improving data systems to link every teacher with student data for instructional change and measures of student growth
3) Establishing teacher and principal evaluations for analyzing teacher and principal effectiveness
FIVE DAYS AFTER NV AGGREED TO CC (6/02/10) THE FINAL VERSION WAS RELEASED.
In October, 2010 the Nevada State Board of Education approved CC with no real attempt to get input from teachers, parents, or the public. Note - Nevada did not get any of the Race to the Top stimulus money, but NV is stuck with CC and the SLDS.
Here is part of an email former Governor Gibbons sent to Dr. Christy Armbruster in Elko in April 2014,
“Please understand that I currently do not support ‘Common Core’ or its principle purpose, as it has changed since it was introduced and signed while I was the State’s Governor. Respectfully, Jim Gibbons”