Kentuckians have been left scratching their heads over the entire Common Core mess. Concerns of parents are largely ignored. Children’s test anxiety is hushed. Teacher’s love of teaching quashed. And what was the price tag?
An unbelievable 12+ million dollars. That’s right, Kentucky was sold. Maybe you don’t recall a for sale sign in the yard, but follow the money and the truth will tell the story.
“Kentucky Department of Education
The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) accepted the largest amount of Gates CCSS promotional cash at just over $12 million:
Date: November 2012
Purpose: To examine the use of high-quality curriculum to accelerate common core state standards implementation
Date: June 2011
Purpose: to provide organizational support to the Kentucky Department of Education related to implementation of the Common Core State Standards & teacher development and evaluation systems
Date: November 2010
Purpose: to develop instructional tools in literacy and mathematics aligned to the Common Core standards, and to facilitate statewide implementation of these tools in Kentucky
Kentucky administered the first CCSS assessments in the nation in November 2012. However, the ACT-administered End of Course (EOC) exam was not properly scored. Ironically, a major push of CCSS is the “literacy” focus on student writing– and ACT was unable to score the constructed response items and therefore only completely scored the multiple-choice items. As a result, scoring now falls on the teachers, not the testing company who took the $1.5 million to grade the constructed response items in the first place. Here is how the KDE attempts to spin ACT’s bumbling failure into KDE triumph:
EOC testing can now move to 100% computer-based for the state accountability portion. This means all schools can now give the EOC in the last day or so before the class ends because results are instant. This will make a truly end-of-course test and it will make it more useful for a real final exam.
In short, teachers are deprived of the dignity of creating their own exams and are instead saddled with the responsibility for grading an essay exam created by an incompetent testing corporation.
Still, Kentucky remains in CCSS.”
Who was the buyer? Read on to find out….
Part Three (this is the link that talks about Kentucky specifically)