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Common Core is no help

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by Janet Criddle

Standards do not make students smarter. If they did, then the Grade-Level Expectations from No Child Left Behind would have accomplished this.  Any unencumbered educator will tell you that NCLB was doomed to failure.  The Houston School District model that President Bush used to get elected as the “Education President” was based on faulty data.  Even though federal and states department of education pretend it does not exist, there is a Bell Curve.  NCLB standards contradict the Bell Curve.  All students cannot and will never be 100% at grade level.

The Common Core State Standards are no different than the first set of GLEs educators used at the start of NCLB. There is nothing about CCSS that makes students any more “college and career ready” than any other standards used in the past.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has misled Missouri educators and the public about CCSS. They want us to believe the Standards are harmless and students need them to make them competitive globally. This is not true. DESE says the standards are internationally benchmarked but recently had to recant because it was untrue.

There is no research to back up DESE’s claims.  Please read a true scholarly researched paper using peer reviewed evidence: “Common Core State Standards: An Example of Data-less Decision Making” by Christopher H. Tienken found here:


Do your homework, find your voice, and support others to halt the loss of local control of education.

Written by Leatherneck Blogger

November 18, 2013 at 06:00

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