I promise not to fill every post about Common Core, but this just burns my back side!
Supposedly, Nebraska rejected the Common Core Standards. However, after some research I found out that our governor, Dave Heineman, just happens to be on the board of directors for Achieve. Achieve is one of the organizations behind the implementation of CCS.
So I did a little more investigation.
I read Gov. Heineman’s bio which you may find here: http://www.governor.nebraska.gov/about/index.html In this he states that he is “a strong proponent of local control of schools”.
I wonder if he missed the memo that CCS takes the control away from local districts and gives it to the federal government. Somehow, I doubt it, but just in case, I’m going to let him know. 😉
And, Nebraska is aligning with Common Core. According to http://www.education.ne.gov/Assessment/pdfs/Final_SAA_7_Update.pdf,
b. The Common Core Standards
Nebraska is among the vast majority of states who have participated in the discussion
of the Common Core Standards for reading and for mathematics. In fact, individuals
from the NDE have been contributing to the development of the Common Core
Standards. As part of the process of standards revision in Nebraska, the Nebraska
standards are being aligned with the Common Core Standards. Districts are encouraged
to continue with their local curriculum alignment, assuring that the Nebraska
standards, aligned with the Common Core Standards, are available as learning
opportunities for each Nebraska student.
According to http://www.theindependent.com/news/local/nebraska-one-of-few-states-not-adopting-standards/article_e433baec-57aa-11e2-ad93-001a4bcf887a.html, there are several reasons Nebraska has yet to officially adopt CCS.
“One is that Nebraska law requires the Nebraska Department of Education to work with the Nebraska educators to develop the state curriculum standards for K-12 education. Second, state law requires development of statewide tests based on those standards.
Third, the State Board of Education must give final approval over the state’s curriculum standards and assessments. Breed noted that no Nebraska educators have been involved in developing the Common Core, so it not seen as advisable for them to approve the Common Core.
Finally, the Common Core eventually will need to be revised. But Breed noted there has been no agreement on when that will happen and who will be responsible for it. That is a concern because it is expensive to adopt tests based on standards.”
* Please note the discrepancy in the highlighted quotes above. Somebody’s not telling the truth here.
There are some in this state who are thinking through this decision. Here is a link to one of the better arguments against adopting CCS http://www.platteinstitute.org/blog/blog_detail.asp?id=170
Okay, end of rant… for now. 😉
Obviously, my little school will not align.