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DECEMBER 14, 2014



Common Core Assessments

(Seatbelts Required)

APPEARANCES:  NOV 2, 2014   DEC 14, 2014   JAN 11, 2015   MAR 29, 2015
Today's guest: Tracee Mann
Welcome to another episode of scare-the-crap-out-of-you radio :-)

We are really lucky to have Tracee on with us again this morning.  She has taken it upon herself to find out what's really behind Common Core.  While the rest of us were looking at the crazy math and rewrite of American history she found the real smoking gun in this whole thing ... the assessments.  These are not the "tests" of our youth where it was measuring what information we knew.  This is about fear and stress and brain washing.


Many people will find the information below overwhelming.  Some may find the whole idea of our schools invading the minds of our children overwhelming and THEN you learn that the "assessments" from Common Core are actually intended to modify behavior.  Uh oh, now you might want to get past that notion that this doesn't affect you.  Our kids are our future! Click on some of the things below and by all means share this program with PARENTS OF SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN!!!
Published on Feb 16, 2014
Dr. Peg Luksik explains how Common Core testing imbeds questions that result in behavior change without protest from the children.--Poughkeepsie, New York. February 5, 2014.
(If you're pressed for time, start the video at the 4 minute mark and just watch the last couple of minutes.)
Video: Common Core Results in Behavior Change Without Protest
This is Smarter Balanced Assessment, General Item Specifications
(Evidence-Centered Design) 
THREAT ASSESSMENT IN SCHOOLS: A guide to managing threatening situations and to creating safe school climates.
United States Secret Service and United States Department of Education
Safety is important but this goes a bit too far! Here is a Secret Service with US Department of Education Report 2004.
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Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
General Item Specifications DRAFT
Introduction: This document and its companion documents are designed to provide item developers specific guidance in creating items that meet the expectations of the Common Core State Standards according to the criteria outlined by Smarter Balanced. It is a highly detailed document that outlines complex requirements for a very specific audience: the item and task developers and reviewers. Table 1 provides a list of the overall set of materials that are part of the Item Specifications work for Smarter Balanced. This general document will provide summary information about each companion document.
 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.pdf
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Promoting Grit and Tenacity & Perseverance: Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century This is a report that was written by the US Department of Education. It has been out for a while but when you look at the actual document “Coincides with Assessments and Common Core Implementation” and "Smarter Balanced Assessments, General Item Specifications" go hand in hand. (Using Evidence-Centered Design)
Promoting Grit and Tenacity OET-Draft-Grit-Report-2-17-13.pdf
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California School Climate Survey:
To efficiently and cost-effectively provide schools with data from their teachers, administrators, and other staff to guide school improvement efforts and foster positive learning and teaching environments, the California Department of Education (CDE) commissioned the development of the online, web-based California School Climate Survey (CSCS). Since 2004, all local education agencies in California are required to administer the CSCS at least once ever two years as part of compliance with No Child Left Behind. Districts have also been asked to support the state’s efforts to close the racial/ethnic achievement gap and engage all students in learning. The survey is being used by schools throughout the nation, and is required by the federal government of participants in the national evaluation of the Safe Schools Healthy Students program
HTML: CSCS | California School Climate Survey
Healthy Kids Surveys 
Some of these surveys were done in Shasta County last year. You can click and download certain surveys. Check them out:
Center for Disease Control - Youth Risk Behavior SURVEILLANCE System:
The funny thing is that if you look at CDC some of the same questions are on there as well. So, where do you think they get the answers to the surveys?
US Dept of Education Data Mining:
This shows in detailed flow charts just a part of the data that the US Department of Education has on us. There are a few things going on behind the scenes during the assessment, survey gathering from everywhere.  Here we start at preschool - early learning:


CEDS (Common Education Data System) This is our P20W data. (Preschool to 20 to Workforce) see attachment below:


Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CA Dept of Ed and Smarter Balanced
The California Department of Education is submitting the attached Memorandum of Understanding for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Managed Services to be provided beginning in July 2014. The MOU will be with The Regents of the University of California, represented by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) National Center for Research and Evaluation Standards and Student Testing (CRESST), which will be to provide leadership and resources for the Smarter Balanced formative tools and interim and summative assessments that are a part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The agreement will be for the period of July 2014 through June 2017 (three years) at the cost of $9.55 million annually (total $28,650,000).
MOU UCLA Smarter Balanced.pdf
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National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards and Student Testing (CRESST)
Mission of CRESST/UCLA
• CRESST is devoted to conducting research and development to add to new
knowledge, improve practice, and assist policymakers and the public.
• CRESST specializes in the areas of innovative measurement and statistics, the development of learning systems, evaluation of programs and policies, and the development and evaluation of new technologies.
• CRESST is committed to design and assure the validity, credibility, and
fairness of its assessments, whether they are used in classrooms to improve
learning, for accountability purposes for individuals or institutions.
• CRESST works to set the national and international agenda in research and develop
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CRESST 2012.pdf

WestEd and CRESST Awarded New Standards and Assessments Comprehensive Center

OCTOBER 23, 2012
The U.S. Department of Education recently announced that WestEd has been competitively selected as the new Center on Standards and Assessments Implementation (CSAI). UCLA’s National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) will be the key partner. The CSAI will support states’ transition to new standards and assessments for college readiness. The funding was part of the U.S. Department of Education’s $52 million shared across 22 comprehensive centers, including seven content centers and 15 regional centers.

“These centers will help low-performing schools and districts close the achievement
gap,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

“A key purpose of our new assessment center,” said CSAI Director Stanley Rabinowitz
“is to help states align their standards, assessment and accountability systems to meet the challenges of the Common Core State Standards and next generation assessments.”

Dr. Rabinowitz, a national assessment expert, added that most state accountability programs are in a transitional phase as states begin to implement their newly approved accountability waivers.

CRESST report 823 (UCLA) was written prior to the MOU comparing PARCC and Smarter Balanced: "Pyschometric testing"
Pyschometric report preschool kindergarten.pdf
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The Spider's Web Within Common Core:
Smarter Balanced is using CAST/UDL. CITEd is the research for CAST/UDL. CITEd is umbrelled under AIR. AIR is umbrelled under the NCLB Act at the US Department of Education.

No Child Left Behind Act
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) is a United States Act of Congress that is a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which included Title I, the government's flagship aid program for disadvantaged students. NCLB supports standards-based education reform based on the premise that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education.

The Act requires states to develop assessments in basic skills. To receive federal school funding, states must give these assessments to all students at select grade levels. The Act does not assert a national achievement standard. Each individual state develops its own standards. NCLB expanded the federal role in public education through annual testing, annual academic progress, report cards, teacher qualifications, and funding changes.
Video: Dr. Gary Thompson Common Core Presentation Idaho Falls November 2014
Published on Dec 9, 2014
This video is from the keynote address of Dr. Gary Thompson on the subject of common core as given in Idaho Falls, Idaho at the Shilo Inn, .November 1, 2014. DVDs of this event in its entirety as well as other addresses from the evening from the other speakers are available upon request for a nominal fee to cover production and shipping costs..
Video: Suffolk Forum - Mary Calamia, LCSW
Published on Dec 9, 2014
Mary Calamia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and works in Stony Brook, New York.

Suffolk County Education Forum hosted by the New York State Assembly Minority Education Committee on October 10, 2013.
Video: Dr. Megan Koschnick presents on Common Core at APP Conference
Published on Sep 18, 2013
Child clinical psychologist presents on how the Common Core Standards are developmentally inappropriate for young students at a conference held at Notre Dame. The event was sponsored by American Principles Project.

Early Childhood Standards of Common Core are Developmentally Inappropriate:
Child Psychologist Dr. Megan Koschnick Criticizes Common Core Standards for K-3 as Age and Developmentally Inappropriate

Washington, D.C. -- Today the American Principles Project (APP), in conjunction with the Pioneer Institute and the Heartland Institute, released a video of Dr. Megan Koschnick's presentation discussing how certain aspects of the Common Core standards are developmentally and age inappropriate. Dr. Koschnick gave her presentation at a September 9, 2013 conference at the University of Notre Dame. APP, Heartland, and Pioneer sponsored the conference, entitled "The Changing Role of Education in America: Consequences of the Common Core."

"Why do we care if [Common Core standards] are age inappropriate? Well, you can answer that with one word -- stress," said Dr. Megan Koschnick during her presentation. "Instead of thinking about what's developmentally appropriate for kindergarteners, they are thinking [college] is where we want this kindergartener to end up, so let's back track down to kindergarten and have kindergarteners work on these skills from an early age. This can cause major stress for the child because they are not prepared for this level of education."



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