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.
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.
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