A big difference between the pushers of Common Core and normal people is this: The Common Core pushers are experts on speaking in euphemisms and in acronyms. We ask for clarity, but this is never supplied by the pushers. Even state educators fall for the “eduspeak” and soon join the top Common Core pushers, who label those of us asking for clarity (or evidence or measurable answers) as conspiracy theorists.
College Readiness – this term means nothing beyond maybe a two year nonselective college prep under Common Core. Common Core throws the term around a lot. They hope you think it means four year college. It doesn’t. (See what Stanford Professor Michael Kirst said about this when he examine the Core Standards for math.) http://collegepuzzle.stanford.edu/?p=466
High Standards – this term means nothing. Common Core throws it around. They say that adding a requirement for info-texts in English classes, pushing classic literature into a confined half or less of allotted teaching time, or pushing Algebra I to 9th grade from 8th grade (!) is raising standards. They say a lot of things that aren’t proven, and certainly the Common Core has never been piloted anywhere.
Global Competitiveness – see “college readiness” and “high standards” – one more pretty phrase Common Core tosses around, without substantiation or evidence that Common Core achieves it. Another word we teachers and parents naturally take to, like a fish takes a shiny fly, not asking what it really contains: a federal hook that won’t let us go.
FERPA – Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. A great thing. But under attack due to Common Core.
Privacy – this term means less than nothing in Common Core. State FERPA laws that protected families and students are being overridden by federal regulations created this year without the permission of Congress. In Wasatch County, for example, the school board took away parental consent over student data in favor of giving federal access to it.
SBAC – Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – Utah’s boss under Common Core; we have to obey other states, especially Washington State, who can sign us up for what they see fit for our educational system, and we must obey. We must also obey the terms of grants Washington State receives, even when we do not get any money from that grant. The SBAC is federally controlled. See “Cooperative Agreement” document http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-assessment/sbac-cooperative-agreement.pdf We must give our data to the SBAC who must give it to the feds.
PARCC – the other consortium. Florida’s boss. They are to synchronize testing with SBAC and share “across consortia,” triangulating with the feds.
NCLB – No Child Left Behind. A federal program that crashed miserably. The Dept. of Ed. is offering waivers so states can escape it, in exchange for their nextborn child: states have to do Common Core.
GEPA- General Educational Provisions Act. Like the Constitution, it protects us and promises states can educate kids, free of federal control, but the feds are ignoring it and trying to take over education anyway. “No provision of any applicable program shall be construed to authorize any department, agency, officer, or employee of the United States to exercise any direction, supervision, or control over the curriculum, program of instruction, administration, or personnel of any educational institution, school, or school system” – GEPA law.
Sustainable Development - a term that means taking care of the earth but has been twisted by the pushers to mean “we must take rights and freedoms away from individuals and hand all to the much wiser government so that we can ensure sustainable development at all costs.”