At the January 2014 Kitsap Patriots Tea Party meeting, representatives of the Kitsap Coalition presented a call to action. Key Washington State legislators are on the fence regarding their support of the unconstitutional Common Core top-down education mandate. We urge Kitsap residents to immediately contact Representative Drew Hansen (D-23rd) and Senator Christine Rolfes (D-23rd).
Remind them of the exciting news that the Washington State Democratic Party has adopted a resolution opposing Common Core! In July 2013, the Kitsap Patriots Tea Party adopted a resolution of our own opposing Common Core. We look forward to working together with Washingtonians of all political persuasion on this critical matter of our children’s education.
Talking Points for Common Core State Standards:
- Common Core math standards are mediocre. They will prepare students for only lower level college math courses.
- Common Core English standards will eliminate 50% – 80% of the great literature which has traditionally been taught.
- Five experts on the Common Core Validation Committee refused to sign off on the standards.
- Washington State has no control over its standards now. Unelected, unaccountable, tax-exempt organizations in Washington, D.C. hold the copyright and control the content.
- Common Core is one standard for the entire nation–one size fits all. The Common Core system doesn’t allow for the uniqueness of each child or the differences in each school district.
- In the lower grades the standards are not age-appropriate.
- It is unconstitutional and illegal for the federal government to influence local education policy.
Talking Points for Common Core Assessments:
- There have not been analyses on the Common Core assessment’s validity and reliability since the assessments are brand new.
- There is no record showing the assessments actually predict success in college and careers.
- The children are being used as guinea pigs; in essence they are unpaid test subjects.
- Many of the assessments are done on the computer which puts special education students, English language learners, and students without computers at home at a disadvantage.
- Young children taking the assessment have cried through the assessment. The assessments are potentially harmful.
- Through the assessments, data can be collected on each child. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s agreement with the federal government states that the Consortium must give the federal Department of Education access to the data.
Talking Points on Data Collection & Data Protection:
- Data is being collected not just through the Smarter Balanced Assessments but also through daily assignments, surveys, observations, and “stealth” assessments (assessments embedded within some other activity).
- Administrators insist the information will be not be identifiable, however, the extensive amount and type of data collected has been described as “digital DNA”, so a student can be identified by the traits collected.
- Data collection begins even before kindergarten and will continue to the workplace, so it is a cradle to grave data base.
- Under the new FERPA rules, data can be shared without parental notification or consent.
- The new FERPA rules allow data-sharing with many more agencies than before.
- There is no limitation regarding sharing of data across state lines or even international boundaries.
- This data collection began even before the Common Core and became more extensive with the Common Core, so just stopping the Common Core may not stop the intrusive data collection.
- The data could be hacked, just as SONY, Target, and other companies’ data have been hacked.
[Hat-Tip to Joyce Fiess and Kitsap Coalition]