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We promised to show you the common core proponents’ talking points, so here they are.

From Thomas Fordham Institute

Rebuttal Building the Machine EMBARGOED

Here is what the US Chamber Of Commerce Foundation had to say.

USCCF

My favorite line from this piece is in the last paragraph. Apparently now the work group is its own ecosystem.

Here’s what the work groups look like. Let’s play our version of the Where’s Waldo© game.

Find the Early Childhood Educator on this team.
Find the Active K-12 classroom teacher on this team.
Find the parent on this team.
Find the state education experts/advisers on this team.

MathWG

According to the National Governor’s Association Press Release from 2009.

Sara Clough, Director, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.
Sherri Miller, Assistant Vice President, Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.
Phil Daro, Senior Fellow, America’s Choice
Ken Mullen, Senior Program Development Associate—Mathematics, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.

Kaye Forgione, Senior Associate and Team Leader for Mathematics, Achieve
John Kraman, Associate Director, Research, Achieve
Laura McGiffert Slover, Vice President, Content and Policy Research, Achieve
Douglas Sovde, Senior Associate, Mathematics, Achieve
Jason Zimba, Faculty Member, Physics, Mathematics, and the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, Bennington College and Cofounder, Student Achievement Partners

Marci Ladd, Mathematics Consultant, The College Board & Senior Manager and Mathematics Content Lead, Academic Benchmarks
Robin O’Callaghan, Senior Director, Mathematics, Research and Development, The College Board
Andrew Schwartz, Assessment Manager, Research and Development, The College Board
Natasha Vasavada, Senior Director, Standards and Curriculum Alignment Services, Research and Development, The College Board

*William McCallum, University Distinguished Professor and Head, Department of Mathematics, The University of Arizona &Mathematics Consultant, Achieve. Double duty as he is also on Achieve’s staff.

According to McCallum “Rigor means balancing conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and meaningful applications of mathematics. Here the word rigor is used not in the way that mathematicians use it, to indicate a correct and complete chain of logical reasoning, but in the sense of a rigorous preparation for a sport or profession: one that exercises all the necessary proficiencies in a balanced way.” (Wm. McCallum (lead author of the math standards) (July, 2012). The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics. ICME 12, Seoeu, Korea, http://math.arizona.edu/~wmc/Research/2012_07_12_ICME_McCallum.pdf)

Susan K. Eddins, Educational Consultant, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (Retired)

 

Couldn’t find them? Sorry, those were trick questions kids. Those people may have been on the Feedback Committees, but remember – CCSSI said “The Feedback Group will play an advisory role, not a decision-making role in the process.” You could comment, but they had no obligation to listen to you.

Here’s the English Language Arts Team

ELA WG

Sara Clough, Director, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.
Nina Metzner, Senior Test Development Associate—Language Arts, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.
Sherri Miller, Assistant Vice President, Educational Planning and Assessment System (EPAS) Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.
Jim Patterson, Senior Program Development Associate—Language Arts, Elementary and Secondary School Programs, Development, Education Division, ACT, Inc.

David Coleman, Founder, Student Achievement Partners
John Kraman, Associate Director, Research, Achieve
Laura McGiffert Slover, Vice President, Content and Policy Research, Achieve
Sue Pimentel, Co-Founder, StandardsWork; English Language Arts Consultant, Achieve

Joel Harris, Director, English Language Arts Curriculum and Standards, Research and Development, The College Board
Beth Hart, Senior Assessment Specialist, Research and Development, The College Board
Natasha Vasavada, Senior Director, Standards and Curriculum Alignment Services, Research and Development, The College Board

Sandy Murphy, Professor Emeritus, University of California – Davis
Sally Hampton, Senior Fellow for Literacy, America’s Choice – (Formerly with the National Center on Education and the Economy, an offshoot of the Carnegie Corporation. In their 1986 report A Nation Prepared: Teachers for the 2st Century they “recommended the development of a national system of academic achievement standards for students and the creation of a National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.” They have been working on this for a while. Her favorite technique – using rubrics to improve writing.)
Martha Vockley, Principal and Founder, VockleyLang, LLC  “We are creative partners with more than 10 years experience working together to communicate and market sophisticated ideas to ordinary people.” (I’d say CCSSI did not get their money’s worth.)

 

This is the team that brought us the state-led, educator produced, everybody got together and participated kumbaya common core standards. Do you get it now?

 

 

Anne Gassel

Anne has been writing on MEW since 2012 and has been a citizen lobbyist on Common Core since 2013. Some day she would like to see a national Hippocratic oath for educators “I will remember that there is an art to teaching as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding are sometimes more important than policy or what the data say. My first priority is to do no harm to the children entrusted to my temporary care.”

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