Monday, July 19, 2010

Superintendent Dorn Provisionally Adopts Common Core State Standards

Superintendent Dorn Provisionally Adopts
Common Core State Standards

OLYMPIA — State Superintendent Randy Dorn announced today that he is provisionally adopting the Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics.

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is required to deliver a detailed report on the common core standards in January 2011 to the state Legislature. The report, as outlined in Section 601 of the Engrossed Second Substitute Senate Bill 6696, will include a comparison of common core and current state learning standards, an estimated timeline and the cost to the state and districts to implement them.

According to ESSB 6696, formal adoption and implementation of the new standards may not occur until after the 2011 legislative session, which will provide an opportunity for legislative review.

The common core standards were developed by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers in collaboration with teachers, school administrators and education experts. The goal of the standards is to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our nation’s children for college and the workforce.

“The standards clearly articulate the skills and knowledge all kids in Washington need to learn,” Dorn said. “Common standards will also help level the playing field for what’s becoming a more mobile society. Students moving to our state from another state can essentially pick up where they left off.”

more at the full release link at top.


kprugman said...

If you look at the validation committee members - this is a mixed bag. I can't see much getting accomplished - Norm Webb was on the WASL alignment committee for your state and he also was part of the validation study for your north puget sound msp along with Merlino. Half this committee probably had some role in let's reform Washington's public schools (starting with math). Most of the movement grew out of the National Governor's Association with then Governor Engler who was cutting deals with Texas Instruments to build microchip plants in Michigan and make textbooks the thriving industry that it now is in Michigan.

Here's Steen's input - consultant hired to author the original unadopted Boeing-Bellevue Standard (rewritten into the Common Core Standard).

kprugman said...

The For-Profit institutions are almost funded entirely by tax-payers. Without tax-payers’ money the industry simply would never have become a national problem.

The DOE's Inspector General, Ms. Tighe, in her opening statement at the Education and Labor Committee’s hearing last week testified the DOE has created rules that allowed them to break the law without the fear of any adverse consequences.

Ms. Tighe’s testimony:

“…due to the safe harbors included in the Department’s current regulation, in many cases, schools are shielded from administrative, civil, and criminal liability… we advised the Department that provisions of those regulations were contrary to the requirements of the [Law] and reported our disagreement to Congress. In its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Department proposes to eliminate all safe harbor and return to the clear ban on incentive compensation stated in the [Law].”

Clearly any American tax-payer who came to know about the For-Profit education scheme and heard Ms. Tighe’s blatant admission of improper influence on the executive branch and Congress would be astonished and demand immediate remedial action.

The For-Profit education companies devised a system that allows them to run extraordinarily cold-calling boiler rooms at tax payer expense. They then use those profits to influence the DOE and its rule-making apparatus to protect their profits.

kprugman said...

Why not the same for a Non-profit, their grant is not the same as giving money. Of course there are stipulations and the board still collects a management fee. Replacing low performing schools with public funded charter schools is going to disenfranchise more than half the children presently attending school.

The situation borders on the ridiculous. For instance, Hispanics taking Spanish 1-2 for the second and third time. Average kids taking extended algebra (algebra for two years) for all four years. Students going to classes for eight periods a day (6:30 - 3:30) and then adult school for two hours afterward to make up credits they lost from previous years. And still they can't pass a minimum competency test like the WASL. To write about their frustration is understating the obvious.

kprugman said...

Preaching reform and salivation, the 'teacher' began looking more like a village idiot and less of a shaman. Nobody was getting excited anymore.