"I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." - Thomas Jefferson 1820

"There is a growing technology of testing that permits us now to do in nanoseconds things that we shouldn't be doing at all." - Dr. Gerald Bracey author of Rotten Apples in Education

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

The End of Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium?

Color me shocked.  A consortia pushing unproven, untested, unfunded, unconstitutional standards doomed to fail?

The elite speak.  From The Huffington Post and "50 to 75 education insiders" interviewed by Education Whiteboard:

About 44 percent of respondents believe there is a high likelihood of states exiting the consortia (SBAC) and designing their own custom Common Core-aligned tests with the help of third-party vendors, as Utah did in early August. A majority are of the opinion that SBAC’s membership may drop by as much as half by 2014, though they are less pessimistic about PARCC.

We can only hope.  You might want to share this with your school district before it spends any more money on the mandated assessments from SBAC.

By the way, who are these "insiders"?

Influential leaders who are shaping federal education reform, including
individuals who have or are currently serving as key policy and political
“insiders,” such as:
• Current and former White House and U.S. Department of Education
• Current and former Congressional staff
• State education leaders including state school chiefs and former
• Leaders of major education organizations, think tanks and other key

It's too bad Whiteboard Advisors didn't bother asking the taxpayers/parents who pay for these "reforms" and provide their children for the educational experiment.  I guess "influentials" don't include these stakeholders.

One more point.  What is one reason these insiders see the consortia failing and states designing their own tests?

“Cost, cost, cost, cost, cost.” (pg. 29/48)

And just think.  Missouri's Commissioner of Education said Common Core wouldn't cost money in Missouri even as the Pioneer Institute estimated it would cost the state at least $350 Million.


  1. I continue to be amazed that the teachers go along with these obvious attempts to turn education into a state-run political apparatus. It must mean they are a political apparatus too.

    If they are professionals they should be demanding de-regulation and local control. How about this, eliminate all regs for one year and let the teachers teach however they want? You can tell a lot about people's motives from how they respond to this idea.

  2. Are you clueless!? Obviously, "teachers go along with?" Teachers are the last to ever be asked and then when we are, our suggestions are ignored.


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