High School in Seattle says “No!” to the Common Core SBAC Assessments


In January last year, we reported about teachers at Garfield High School in Seattle taking a stand and refusing to administer the MAP test.  Now, a year later, another high school in Seattle is taking a stand against the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium assessments. Yesterday afternoon the Nathan Hale Senate (functions as Building Leadership Team) […]

APIA Blasts Congressional Leadership for Attempting to Ram Child Data Collection Bill Through Congress

Washington, D.C.–American Principles in Action is calling on Congress to oppose S.227, the Strengthening Education through Research Act (SETRA), which would violate the privacy of millions of students and parents. SETRA is scheduled to be voted on Wednesday, February 25th in the U.S. House—even though the Senate has not yet voted on the bill. Congressional […]


Congressional Leadership Is Bull-Rushing Through HR5, the 600 Page Reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (rebranded the “Student Success Act”) The House votes on it this week.  Call your Representative and call the Speaker of the House and tell them to vote “no” on HR 5!  202-224-3121.  Below are just a few of the problems. […]

Statement by Burke, Evers, Rebarber, Stotsky, and Wurman on ESEA

The following statement by Lindsey M. Burke, Williamson Evers, Theodor Rebarber, Sandra Stotsky, and Ze’ev Wurman was posted on Jay P. Greene’s Blog.  It is reposted here with permission. Reauthorizing ESEA: The road to effective education is paved with local control and parent power Lindsey M. Burke, Williamson Evers, Theodor Rebarber, Sandra Stotsky, and Ze’ev Wurman […]

Sandra Stotsky: Sunset No Child Left Behind

Dr. Sandra Stotsky sent me an email about attempts to reauthorize and “fix” No Child Left Behind/Elementary and Secondary Education Act. To summarize what she said… “don’t do it” because Common Core is built into the bill being considered. Her message to our readers: The bill builds in Common Core in a clever way–by putting […]

Washington State Democratic Party Opposes Common Core


On Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, the Washington State Democratic Party became the first Democratic State Party in the nation to pass a resolution against the Common Core. The resolution is titled Resolution Opposing Common Core State Standards. The resolution calls for the legislature and the superintendent of public instruction to withdraw from the CCSS. Read […]

Fighting Common Core: Round 2

The Illinois Citizens for Better Education are sponsoring Fighting Common Core: Round 2.  This even features a presentation by Dr. Duke Pesta.  Admission is free. Saturday, September 20th at 1:00 pm The Gateway Building 200 NW Water Street Peoria, IL 61602 For more information contact Bill Lopotko at 309-579-2047. You can download the flyer below. […]

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics: Does It Add Up or Down? Part 3

Standards for Mathematical Practice The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics Table of Contents includes two types of standards. First listed are Standards for Mathematical Practice. Second listed are Standards for Mathematical Content. Before we explore the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP), let’s make a distinction between the SMP and Content standards. The SMP are […]