The Louisiana Common Core Review Is Not Parent-Friendly

louisiana-state-flag-2The Louisiana Department of Education has launched its 2015-2016 review of the Louisiana math and ELA standards that are aligned to Common Core.

You can find the review portal here.  I wanted to highlight some of the instructions that are raising some eyebrows.

The standards in this application are arranged by subject and grade level. To review a standard, click the plus sign beside the standard to see more detailed information. You may provide feedback on standards by clicking (a checkbox icon) to the right of each standard.

In your evaluation of each standard, you will have the following options:

  1. I agree with the Standard as written. (comments are optional)
  2. The Standard should be in a different grade level. (grade selection is required)
  3. The Standard should be broken up into several, more specific Standards. (suggested rewrite is required)
  4. The Standard should be rewritten. (suggested rewrite is required)
  5. Delete this Standard. (comments are required)

To find particular standards to review, you may also search for a particular concept in the search bar.

If you believe a new standard needs to be created, please click “Suggest a New Standard” in the footer of each page in the portal to submit an email with your suggestion.

You may leave and come back to the Louisiana Standards Review Portal at any time, but you will only be able to submit suggestions on a particular standard once per electronic device.

There is no way for parents to give general feedback about the standards in whole.  If you like a standard you don’t have to leave a comment, but for everything else it requires a comment or for the person reviewing to provide a rewrite.

That’s a rather onerous way of soliciting feedback from the general public.

I received a rather terse email about this issue from Sara Wood who is a parent-activist in Louisiana  She wrote:

Not all public comment is treated equally!  If you like the standards, then you just choose that and comment is optional but if you do not like the standards, well then you better get some professional teaching development because you have to go through very specific hoops in order for your review to count and such hoops include requiring you to identify the standard specifically that you do not like, required commentary and recommendation for a replacement standard.  CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS GARBAGE?  I AM A PARENT!! I AM NOT A TEACHER.     I only know that I want to comment as to the whole darn thing and how it affected my children negatively to the extent that I pulled my children to homeschool them.  But guess what?  That is not an option!!! We cannot even check a box to state that we do not like the standards.  How the heck am I supposed to follow the very meticulous instructions in order to have my public comment counted? I cannot and therefore my concerns will not be counted and do not forget that you have to fill out so much information that many teachers also feel that there will be retribution for coming out against the standards because so many schools and parishes have invested money in the Common Core.  So the likely result will be that this process for public comment will help to ensure that we just end up with a laundered version of the same crap…Common Core legitimized through a faux public comment period showing like so many other states that the majority just love Common Core!!  I cannot express how much of a blow this is to an already frustrating and tiring situation for parents and children.  What a freaking joke on a not so funny subject!!  So sad but so typical!!

Apparently Kentucky had a similar process that led to predictable results… Oh the public just loves Common Core!   Louisiana is headed toward the same result.

 

3 thoughts on “The Louisiana Common Core Review Is Not Parent-Friendly

  1. Having a front row seat to the Kentucky CCSS review, I can add a few more comments.

    The format of the Louisiana review’s web site sounds very similar to the one used in Kentucky. In other words, Louisiana copied Kentucky’s biased format with the intention of generating skewed results.

    Going forward, one thing to watch for is an attempt to somehow portray the results as coming from a valid random sample poll. That has happened already in Kentucky, and nothing could be further from the truth. This survey format only tells you something about the opinions of those who self-selected to respond within the very constricting format of the survey web site. Such a survey cannot tell you anything about what the average Louisiana resident thinks about Common Core.

    But, that probably won’t stop Louisiana CCSS boosters from trying to make such claims. It certainly didn’t stop such nonsense in Kentucky.

  2. Not just Kentucky — NC’S Department of Public Instruction pulled the exact same thing with “surveys” tied to our Common Core academic standards review commission (ASRC).

    It was ridiculous. You had to answer every single line item of every standards for any given grade in order to advance in the questions. It took me over 40 minutes just to do ONE grade.

    see: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2015/03/31/nc-parents-have-you-given-your-common-core-feedback/
    see: http://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/11/07/have-nc-teachers-done-the-dpi-common-core-survey-yet/

    This is clearly a coordinated event with states who are reviewing the standards. In fact, KY representatives were brought in back in February to speak to our ASRC to tout just such an effort with their “tools for stakeholders”.

    See meeting minutes starting on page 2 of the Feb ASRC meeting here: https://www.scribd.com/doc/256250919/CCTPA-Academic-Standards-Review-Commission-January-16-2015

  3. Why not just do a roll back to pre CC days with normal traditional math, wholesome reading, proper grammar (Warner’s), sound science, cursive writing, phonics, unbiased history,dump art, dump gym class, dump sex education,dump useless “gender studies” and other misogyny topics now made into a “course” and END ALL GROUP WORK!

    Yes, yes, I know I am dreaming … That is what came to mind without much thinking. Today Common Core is ALL about social engineering on steroids. It’s ALL politically correct with NO substance. Then again,what easier way is their to control a populace? Dumb them down,react ONLY with irrational emotions and stifle individuality and competition. How ANYONE could have trusted Obama on THIS blows me away!

    In truth, they don’t want to get rid of Common Core for elf serving reasons.Parents and their children are not what they care about. All they care about is control and staying in a position of authority with a large salary that YOU pay for. Sure hey’ll do some arm waving to ACT like they care but nothing will change. After that they can say they “tried” and vote for them again. Eventually it trickles down that nothing changed so they continue with more feigned concern, more phony debate while our children are being indoctrinated with garbage that even a third world country would object to.

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