There is much more. But this is a starter:
1. Cooperative Agreement Between SBAC (Utah’s consortium) and U.S. Dept. of Education – http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-assessment/sbac-cooperative-agreement.pdf
This document shows the oppressive rules of oversight of the federal government on testing and data collection. It shows the triangulation and centralization of data collection and test creation between the two groups of states and the federal government.
2. Race to the Top Grant Application lost freedom hooked Utah - http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/phase1-applications/utah.pdf
This document is where Utah tried, but failed, to win a grant. Why does it matter now? There were ways to get more eligibility points to raise the odds that we’d win, hoops to jump through, including signing up for a testing consortium (SBAC) and signing up for Common Core. This is where we got seduced, by the hope for money we never saw, into selling our educational birthright and losing freedom over education.
3. Two sets of standards – WestEd letter – http://whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/what-is-wested-and-why-should-you-care/
This is a letter I received from SBAC’s project manager, WestEd/ WestEd writes the test Utah kids will take. I asked how Utah’s separate standards would be relevant if we’re all in a consortium. They responded that x
4. Freedom diluted or deleted –and no one cares. The USOE and most members of the State School Board do not seem to care whether Utah is free over her own educational decisions or not. The U.S.O.E. lawyer responded to the question of why is there no amendment process over the CCSS standards by saying, “Why would there need to be? The whole point is to get to a place where there is a ‘common core’ – that would mean the same standards for all the states that adopt it. If the states had the freedom to ‘disagree’ and ‘change’ them, I guess they would no longer be ‘common’.”
5. Literally, a double standard on standards – If you read the USOE website or the US Dept of Education website, you will find some truths and some lies. Lies include the omission of the fact that there are two sets of standards, the claim that the federal government did not promote, lead, or direct the initiative in any way, and the claim that the Common Core raises standards across the board. In fact, the Common Core standards do raise some standards, but lower others. One size does not fit all. http://www.schools.utah.gov/core/Utah-Core-Teachers-Resources.aspx