I am writing to a recent commentary, "Common Core: Education by corporation."
I work for inBloom, which was mentioned in the piece. While the commentary is correct in asserting that inBloom has been funded, to date, by grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates and Carnegie Foundation, that is where accuracy departs.
Our mission as a nonprofit is not data mining. This organization is not funded by Rupert Murdoch. There is no formal relationship between inBloom and the Common Core.
Put simply, inBloom enables districts to help teachers to more easily tailor to the needs, skill levels and learning pace of each individual student; engage parents more deeply in the learning process; and save teachers time and schools money, all while housing student information more safely and securely than is normally the case in most districts.
As an independent nonprofit, at inBloom we measure our success, not in profit dollars, but in how well we deliver on our mission to help teachers, students and parents.
There is no formal relationship between Common Core and inBloom, which supports school districts in implementing data-driven strategies, many of which involve implementation of high-quality standards. There are no data collection requirements of states adopting the CCSS, and implementing CCSS does not require data collection.
I hope these facts help in correcting the misperceptions about inBloom. While we're young as an organization, we take great pride in our unique mission. What we do is a good thing that helps schools, teachers and students. Thank you for this opportunity to present the facts.