Common Core: When is entering the woods, leaving – a short history

Common Core examples

MILLINOCKET, Maine, May 4, 2014 – The seeds of Common Core were planted in 2002, when President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.

NCLB was supposed to equalize students’ proficiency, but the focus quickly changed from educating students to testing students.Schools with better testing scores were shown favor by the state and those that did not “measure up” were faced with increased government involvement in the school’s administration up to and including the school’s closing.

By the time Barack Obama’s first term began, NCLB had fallen into disfavor with most states.

The Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) was passed into law in 2008. The U.S. Department of Education received $5 billion of TARP funds to reform education. Shortly after that, a program called “Race to the Top” was signed into law. “Race to the Top” was basically a bribery scheme. It was meant to encourage states to agree to subject teachers and students to testing or evaluation based on college and career ready standards suggested by the Department of Education.

This program became Common Core.

READ ALSO: VIDEO: Louis C.K. on Letterman goes off on Common Core standardized testing

The Common Core development process was launched by an organization called Student Achievement Partners, consisting of over two dozen people, most of whom were testing industry members.
The Gates Foundation gave millions to the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief School Officers, Achieve and Student Achievement Partners to write Common Core standards. Millions more were given to various think tank and advocacy groups in DC to evaluate and help implement the standards.
Forty-four of the states and the District of Columbia became members of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, with Virginia and Texas opting to write their own standards. As more is revealed of the Common Core standards, many people and states have become doubtful that the program can deliver on its claims.

divider final
Creative Logic
divider final
Pithanthropy the Human Conditioner by Jim Bozeman

Pithanthropy the Human Conditioner by Jim Bozeman

You can order Pithanthropy, The Human Conditioner, in print and on Kindle from

READ MORE: Pithanthropy the Human Conditioner by Jim Bozeman here

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2014 Communities Digital News

• The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or management of Communities Digital News.

This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities Digital News, LLC. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

Correspondingly, Communities Digital News, LLC uses its best efforts to operate in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine under US Copyright Law and always tries to provide proper attribution. If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously.