Moi was contacted by Where’s the Math? Here is their position on the common math standards:
WHERE’S THE MATH?
The National Common Core State Standards (CCSS)
– $183 million, and counting –
We need your help! The legislative session is quickly coming to an end, yet the Washington State Legislature has not taken any action to delay the state’s adoption of the national Common Core State Standards. Please help us persuade legislators in the House and Senate to amend bills currently under consideration to include delays to the CCSS adoption in Washington State.
In our previous action alert you helped us receive a hearing in the House Education Committee to delay adoption of the CCSS. We now need you to help get legislation amended to delay the CCSS. Adopting CCSS will not benefit our students, but it will cost our state and local school districts a minimum of $183 million.
Fiscal Burden – with a statewide minimum cost of $183 million to implement, we can not afford to adopt the CCSS. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has suggested that local districts divert current use of funding sources, such as Title 1 funds, to help implement CCSS. In other words, we are being asked to take money away from critical programs. What will our local school boards be asked to cut – eliminate or reduce core faculty & staff, extracurricular sports and clubs, non-core programs (e.g., alternative, cooperative or high achieving programs), transportation, special needs, and delay instruction materials updates?
Loss of Legislative Oversight – how will changes to the CCSS be made, and who will make these changes? Our citizens and state legislature will be stripped of its powers to intervene on behalf of our students if we adopt the CCSS. They will not have the power to change the CCSS and its assessments if we later find that the standards and assessments, once they are both completed, are damaging to our children’s educational progress.
Assessment will not be completed and available until 2015 and, thus, has not been thoroughly examined – the CCSS math assessment is being written by the same people who designed the disastrous math WASL. No one has seen or reviewed this new assessment. Yet the #1 rationale for adopting CCSS is to bring down assessment costs. This can be done within the state of WA, at a much lower cost, and with the controls and transparency we need to assure that it is a high quality assessment.
Unfeasible Implementation – school districts must fully support computerized assessments for all students by the fourth year CCSS assessments become available. How will local districts fund these computers? Does it make sense to purchase computers only for this purpose? Furthermore, although the administration of assessments will be fully computerized, scoring will be a mix of human and computer scoring because the artificial intelligence for computer scoring is still an emerging technology. This defeats the purpose of moving to computerized testing for efficiency, and signals a defective scoring process.
Math CCSS Not an Improvement Over WA Standards – why are we spending over $183 million to adopt standards that do not improve on our current “A” ranked state standards? The state, local districts, and students will need to expend considerable resources to assure the math CCSS are well understood. However, these efforts ultimately will not lead to greater mathematics proficiency for our students. In light of this, why are we spending over $183 million to make no improvements to math education?
Please contact your local Senate and House representatives, as well as the House and Senate Education Committee members, using the legislative hotline or via email, and let them know that we want them to include a delay to the CCSS adoption to current Education bills being considered.
Send an email using the links below, or
Call the legislative Hot Line
Thank you for taking action,
Where’s the Math?
Senate Ed Committee members’ emails
House Ed Committee members’ emails
Senate email list (link to all members)
House email list (link to all members)
Clifford F. Mass’ Seattle Times Opinion Piece
Where’s The Math? Is Against the Adoption of Common Core Standards
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