• Common Core standards for English and Math were announced June 2, 2010 and approved by the Ohio State Board of Education 16 days later, June 18, 2010. There was no time for Ohioans to study the standards and allow for review and comment from elected officials, parents and school districts.
  • The ODE and some members of the Ohio Assembly have assured Ohioans that Common Core was a product of the states with contributions from parents and educators. Actually, the Common Core standards were developed by unaccountable trade organizations and non profits, the National Governors Association, the Council of Chief State School Officers and Achieve Inc. The development of the standards was financed by foundations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which have significant financial interest in their adoption. The Terms of Use page of www.CoreStandards.org states that the NGA Center and the CCSSO hold the copyright for the Common Core Standards.
  • Common Core works through the back door to set up a national curriculum and violates three federal statutes in the process. This has been accomplished by tying acceptance of the Common Core standards to winning Race to the Top grant money included in the federal stimulus bill. State elected officials, local school districts and parents will have no recourse if they should have a disagreement with curriculum content or even teaching methodology. Local school districts will retain control of only 15% of curriculum content.
  • Since Ohio is a local control state, the State Board of Education and the Ohio Department of Education assert that Common Core standards are optional. In practice, school districts will be graded on state tests based on the Common Core curriculum and students will take standardized tests for college placement administered by the ACT and the College Board (SAT) which have been aligned with Common Core. As a result, the State Board and the ODE have tied the hands of school districts and made Ohio’s status as a local control state for education a farce. The State Board and the ODE have also set up the conditions for an educational monopoly in the State of Ohio in the form of Common Core.
  • Highly respected experts in math and English have expressed deep concerns with the Common Core standards. Stanford professor emeritus of mathematics, James Milgram, the only mathematics expert on the Common Core validation committee, refused to sign off on the standards. Another member of the validation committee, University of Arkansas professor, Sandra Stotsky, who developed Massachusetts’ highly respected English Language Arts standards, also refused to sign off on the standards.
  • Race to the Top establishes a national student database which is overseen by an unaccountable non profit, inBloom Inc., where personal student data is shared with third party software vendors anxious to make a profit. Name, address, race, economic status, test scores, attendance, learning disabilities, and hobbies are just some of the student data points stored on the system.  UPDATE:  An April 21st New York Times article reports that inBloom Inc. will close its doors due to lack of participation from states and school districts which dropped out of the data repository after receiving backlash from parents over the transfer of private student data.
  • In December 2011, FERPA regulations were changed by the Department of Education without the consent of Congress allowing for private student data to be shared with third parties without parental consent. On May 14, 2013, the Vice President of the State Board of Education testified to the Education Committee of the Ohio House that it is unclear what effect changes in FERPA will have on Ohio law which currently prohibits the sharing of private student data. This issue needs to be resolved before personal student data is put in a vulnerable position on student databases.
  • Common Core sets up a frequent standardized testing regime and teacher evaluation system which creates an educational environment where teaching is centered around achievement on tests and not richness of content.
  • Common Core requires a significant and ongoing investment in technology for local school districts to maintain student data systems, software and the computer hardware necessary for student testing.
  • The list of organizations which stand to gain financially from Common Core is long. Microsoft, Pearson, McGraw-Hill, Amplify Education (a division of News Corp), Wireless Generation, Thinkgate, College Board, and ACT are a few such organizations. These organizations will provide the hardware, software, instructional materials and testing capabilities required, and as such, have taken a material interest in the development of Common Core.
  • In April 2013, the Republican National Committee came out strongly against the standards in its anti-Common Core resolution.

Have concerns?  Voice them.  Educate yourself by reviewing the source material provided below. Contact your State Rep and State Senator and local school board.  Let them know that state and local elected officials were not put in office to cede local control of schools to the federal government and to non governmental organizations in it for the buck. Nor were they vested with the authority to set up a de facto educational monopoly in Ohio in the form of Common Core.

Reading List:

CoreStandards.org Terms of Use Page

Controlling Education From the Top:  Why the Common Core is Bad For America

Common Core:  A Poor Choice for States

States Must Reject National Educational Standards While There Is Still Time

RNC Resolution on the Common Core Standards

Why There Is A Backlash Against Common Core

Education Policies Led Gates Not States

Two Mons vs. Common Core

Ohio Students to Spend More Time Taking Tests Under New Common Core Testing Plan

ACT Statement on Common Core Standards

Alabama could be first state to use standardized tests aligned with Common Core

College Board Endorses Common Core Standards

College Board Names David Coleman New President

inBloom Inc. Launches to Enable Personalized Learning Through Easier Access to Information and Technology

Parents Chafe at National Student-Tracking Database

K-12 Student Database Jazzes Tech Start-ups, Spooks Parents

inBloom Aims to Increase Data Flow Despite Controversy

Gates and Murdoch “Personalize” Learning with Larger Classes and Big Data Systems

US Education Department Announces New Measures To Safeguard Student Privacy

December 2011-Revised FERPA Regulations:  An Overview for Parents and Students

Lawsuit Charges Ed Department with Violating Student Privacy Rights

Principal:  ‘I was naive about Common Core’ 

Time for Teachers Unions to Hop Off the Common Core Train

States Online Testing Problems Raise Common Core Concerns

School Districts, Colleges Identify Tech Infrastructure Shortcomings