*** Mandatory Reading Assignment***

An anonymous teacher shared this and agreed to let it be shared. You will see why.

Keep in mind that Florida has, in Commissioner Pam Stewart’s words, *rebranded* the Common Core State Standards.  They are now the *Florida Standards,* or shall we say, the FL DOE’s revival of the Common Core State Standards?  A little lipstick on this pig, and she’s ready for her public.

You are forewarned.

“Last year in New York, a group of fourth graders sat for the first of eight NYS testing days (3 ELA, 3 math, 2 science).  On that first day, there were 30 multiple choice questions and a 70 minute time limit.  It took me, with three degrees in education, 42 minutes just to read the passages, questions and answer choices.  Let that sink in.

There was so much material that I took over half of the allotted just to read the booklet!  Please assume that I read more fluently and with more comprehension skills than 9 and 10 year old kids.  Over half of the students completed 15 questions or LESS.

They automatically failed the assessment.  The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSS) is setting public education up for FAILURE.  CCSS says kids should read ‘closely’ and gather evidence from the text.  CCSS and Pearson sold us a product that has us read the main selection 3 times in one week.  Then, Pearson wrote the test that made sure kids would not pass.  Those kids that did as they were taught, that went back to the text and proved their answers FAILED.  They failed because the CCSS test would not allow them to use CCSS strategies.  Who failed?  CCSS failed those kids.  Combine that with APPR rubrics that tie my score to their test scores, and it’s a win-win.

Students fail, teachers fail, corporate reformers win BIG MONEY.  Please start researching ALEC, PARCC, CCSS, and APPR.  Look for the money trail.  Our kids are not failing.  Our kids are growing, and some will grow faster, slower, in a different direction, etc.  Please make sure you understand what is really happening to public education.

The rich and powerful corporations smell money in the water.  They don’t care if publicly educated kids bleed to death in the process.  THEIR kids don’t go to public school.”

Mike Archer is the retired Florida Teacher Who Reviewed the Common Core in 2009.  With regard to the anonymous teacher’s account above, Archer shares, 

”In addition to crashing public education so they can sell private ed, the other big reason for Ed Reform is here, in this quote by Joanne Weiss, in what education historian, Diane Ravitch refers to as veteran educator, Stan Karp’s trenchant analysis of the Common Core

“Joanne Weiss, Duncan’s former Chief of Staff and head of the Race to the Top grant program, which effectively made adoption of the Common Core a condition for federal grants, described how it is opening up huge new markets for commercial exploitation:

The development of common standards and shared assessments radically alters the market for innovation in curriculum development, professional development, and formative assessments.  Previously, these markets operated on a state-by-state basis, and often on a district-by-district basis.  But the adoption of common standards and shared assessments means that education entrepreneurs will enjoy national markets where the best products can be taken to scale.”

Got it, parents?

education entrepreneurs will enjoy national markets where the best products can be taken to scale.

We, in the grassroots movement, pay very close attention to New York.  What they do in New York may not be the way we do it in the South, but New York portends nasty storms for Florida.

For anyone new to the opt out movement or to the fight against corporate education reform, here are some links we have found useful and informative regarding the teacher’s suggestions above.

The links provided are not links to the organizations listed; they are links about them.

ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council)

PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers)

VAM(Value Added Modeling)

CCSS (Common Core States Standards)

APPR (Annual Professional Performance Review).

About The Opt Out Florida Network

The Opt Out Florida Network represents a community of opt out groups and administrators from across the state. The network originated with the work of Opt Out Orlando. However, knowing there is power in numbers, we recognized the need for a broader coalition with more engagement and grassroots action at the local level. The OOF network is a community where parents, teachers, and students can share stories and information; discuss testing, policy, and schooling practices; and become politically active! We advocate for multiple measures of authentic assessments, such as a portfolio, non-high stakes standardized tests (Iowa Test of Basic Standards (ITBS) or the Stanford Achievement Test(SAT10)), which are used to inform teachers' instruction of their students and which do not result in punitive consequences for students, teachers and schools. Formal and informal, teacher-designed classroom assessments provide the best indicators of children's progress, growth and mastery of concepts and skills. The Opt Out Florida Network rejects high stakes testing as meaningless and detrimental to the development of a creative, nurturing and supportive learning environment. View all posts by The Opt Out Florida Network

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