Democrat Platform Avoids Common Core, Supports Opt-Outs

Photo credit: Democratic National Committee
Photo credit: Democratic National Committee

The Democrat Party released its final draft of the 2016 party platform that will be voted on at the Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia. The platform makes no mention of the Common Core State Standards, but does address standardized assessments and parental opt-outs.

Here is the pertinent language:

We are also deeply committed to ensuring that we strike a better balance on testing so that it informs, but does not drive, instruction. To that end, we encourage states to develop a multiple measures approach to assessment, and we believe that standardized tests must be reliable and valid. We oppose high-stakes standardized tests that falsely and unfairly label students of color, students with disabilities and English Language Learners as failing; the use of standardized test scores as basis for refusing to fund schools or to close schools; and the use of student test scores in teacher and principal evaluations, a practice which has been repeatedly rejected by researchers. We support enabling parents to opt their children out of standardized tests without penalty for either the student or their school.

Unfortunately the party also doesn’t say anything about student data privacy and call for the elimination of a federal mandate for testing so they do not go far enough. Also Democrats want to expand federal involvement in education through universal preschool and the expansion of Title I funds. While there is something praiseworthy in the Democrat’s education platform it also represents a missed opportunity.

You can read the entire Democrat platform on education here on pages 32-34.

One thought on “Democrat Platform Avoids Common Core, Supports Opt-Outs

  1. About those WikiLeaks emails of Hillary Clinton … and Common Core. We’re being played, folks. As suckers. Again.

    You don’t count. As usual.

    The Democratic National Committee (DNC) doesn’t much care for you or your children. But they still want your vote. How does that work anyway?

    They created the Clinton platform … and they’re crazy-obsessed with avoiding Common Core. That’s not a good message, is it?

    READ … https://wikileaks.org/dnc-emails/emailid/8894

    What ever happened to that happy Clinton “It takes a village” thingy anyway? This sounds like a village of idiots. Oh! And we must be the idiots. Makes me feel so great.

    They know that Common Core is a “THIRD RAIL” issue … BUT they haven’t they won’t speak clearly or cleanly about it. That’s real courage, eh?

    Their strategy? SAY NOTHING. Maybe we should put some more juice into that “third rail” …

    So remember: YOU DON’T COUNT.

    Read for yourself

    ______________________________________________________________

    For Approval: GOP doesn’t appreciate teachers

    From:WalkerE@dnc.org To: GellerE@dnc.org, MattiC@dnc.org, ChristopherR@dnc.org, ComptonM@dnc.org, DominoC@dnc.org Date: 2016-05-03 18:30 Subject:

    RE: For Approval: GOP doesn’t appreciate teachers

    Guys, this is a long-standing problem that I look forward to addressing at our meeting on Wednesday.

    There needs to be a better system because a number of times now, I have asked for specific things in a video, and what I get back is some reinterpretation that doesn’t work for the comms staff.

    A) COMMON CORE IS A POLITICAL THIRD RAIL WE SHOULD NOT BE TOUCHING AT ALL. GET RID OF IT. [caps mine]

    B) MOST PEOPLE WANT LOCAL CONTROL OF EDUCATION SO HAVING CRUZ OR TRUMP SAYING IT ON A DNC VIDEO IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE. WOULD GET RID OF ANY REFERENCE TO IT. [caps mine]

    C) We wanted Christie in there bc he’s … most anti-teacher guy out there. He’s yelled at pretty much everyone, there HAS to be video of him yelling at teachers and looking like a bully

    D) NEED CRUZ SAYING DEPT Of ED SHOULD BE ABOLISHED [caps mine]

    From: Geller, Eddie Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2016 3:38 PM
    To: Video-Vetting_d
    Subject: For Approval:
    GOP doesn’t appreciate teachers Hi everyone, Attached is a script for a video Comms requested about how the GOP doesn’t appreciate teachers — let us know if you have any flags and thank you!
    ______________________________________________________________

    Denis Ian

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