Common Core explanations

2013-10-16T00:00:00Z Common Core explanationsBrad Strong Children Now Santa Maria Times
October 16, 2013 12:00 am  • 

It's time to address misinformation regarding Common Core and the collection of education data.

The Common Core State Standards are a set of grade-level expectations, nothing more. These standards are much more aligned with college and career expectations than past standards, and have been agreed upon and adopted by most states.

A recent guest commentary is wrong in suggesting Common Core compels the collection of the types of data mentioned. Common Core does not require the collection of any data about students. The U.S. Department of Education doesn't have access to individual students' data, is not allowed to collect any personal information about individual students, and certainly doesn't have any information on their health records, religious affiliation or DNA as the commentary describes.

Education data are critical to ensuring our children are prepared for future success. Thoughtful education policy relies on accurate, high-quality data to be successful. That said, student privacy is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, and any assertion that Common Core State Standards erode these protections is categorically false.

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  1. ocinfo2012
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    ocinfo2012 - October 20, 2013 7:41 am
    Did you know that the federal department of education unilaterally "amended" the FERPA federal protection laws you mention in 2008 and 2011, allowing for LESS protection and MORE access to records, including by contractors, etc? A department within the executive branch decided on its own to "amend" a law passed in 1974 by Congress. Is this legal? Is this constitutional? Why was this done? Clearly it seems this was to pave the way for Common Core's data collection and use. Why didn't they allow CONGRESS to amend their own law as provided in the Constitution? Obviously, because that requires transparency with the public and IMAGINE the amount of outcry if parents saw this coming?
  2. ocinfo2012
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    ocinfo2012 - October 20, 2013 7:35 am
    Have you heard about CALPADS? Read about it from the California Dept. of Ed.'s own website:
    http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sp/cl/

    Read that "[CALPADS] is REQUIRED to meet federal NCLB reporting REQUIREMENTS.".

    If CA doesn't collect and store the data, in types and formats the FED requires, it won't get the billions of dollars from the government. THEN each of these state "longitudinal" databases will be connected together into INTERSTATE databases, and there you have a REQUIRED and NATIONAL database that the FED changed our federal laws, FERPA, to enable. Please read more about this issue before making statements like this. This is a serious issue that may dwarf the NSA spying scandal when all is said and done.
  3. DominOrcutt
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    DominOrcutt - October 16, 2013 7:48 am
    I would only add that we hear all the time about one government department, or another, gathering "data" that they will not abuse.

    Do you believe them?
  4. cencitygal
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    cencitygal - October 16, 2013 6:30 am
    http://www.politifact.com/georgia/statements/2013/jun/17/angela-bean/common-core-opponent-goes-too-far-claim-about-data/

    The above article seems to align with your statement that Common Core does not "COMPEL" data collection.

    O.k., so we cleared up that bit of misinformation. Now let's address the deception. Compulsory language would not have been included anyway because that would have deemed the standards unconstitutional.

    The delivery system designed by individual States will not "require" collection either. Yet, they WILL collect in new categories and the data points WILL be expanded and will be entirely invasive by virtue of the wholesale computerization of the education system via Common Core.

    Again, nothing will be defined as "compulsory" and the irony is that public education teaches our children (and their parents) to COMPLY without question. They will do it willingly in their own ignorance because they do not understand their own Constitutional rights and how to best preserve them. No "compulsion" necessary. The uneducated will follow orders. Only the educated will protest.

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