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Great point….”Moreover, the Every Student Succeeds Act clearly presumes that real control of the Common Core State Standards, and hence the standardized tests themselves, will remain primarily in private hands: the Council of Chief State Officials, the National Governors’ Association, educational service companies such as Pearson and McGraw-Hill, and the big venture capitalist foundations that provide funding and direction. All of this means that the Opt Out struggle will continue, but will be fought out in shifting terrains from state to state.”
Meanwhile out in California CORE districts serving 11 million students are being enlisted by private foundations to participate in a version of NCLB accountability with measures of annual yearly progress. This is a legacy project from one of USDE’s “waivers” allowing for an alternative accountability measure.
The CORE districts are about to be hit with AYP on steroids, with data-gathering extending to dubious measures of social-emotional learning plus student, staff and family surveys of “school climate.”
CORE has “partners” for the testing and data analytics and for scaling this “School Quality Improvement System.” There are opportunities for data-mining that only Gates, among other funders, can love. The Common Core, SBAC tests, and VAM all appear to be part of this system. This is the program that the NYTimes featured several days ago on measuring joy and grit, with the “grit” scholar Angela Duckworth bowing out as a contributor.
I am still trying to understand this “School Quality Improvement System” meaning continuous improvement in closing gaps galore, until everyone earns the perfect score conjured from multiple “continuous improvement scales” each with 100 points. There is an absurd level of precision in these scales. It is totally out of proportion to the metrics that are contributing to the ratings of schools and districts, especially the validity of SEL tests. The aim of this venture is to scale up. Some of the marketing pitches for deals if you get in in on the action are also in the following document.