Republicans Get Played Again

By Ann Kane

Four  weeks ago the College Board president David Coleman admitted he snookered  Republican governors into accepting Common Core. In his May 17 presentation to education data analysts in Boston, the author of Common Core State Standards  said:

When  I was involved in convincing governors and others around this country to adopt  these standards, it was not ‘Obama likes them’; do you think that would have  gone well with a Republican crowd?

Even  though the National Governors Association contracted Coleman’s nonprofit Student  Achievement Partners in 2007 to create the standards, by 2010, according to the  Journal  of Scholarship & Practice, the standards “had not been  validated empirically and no metric has been set to monitor the  intended and unintended consequences they will have on the  education system and children (Mathis, 2010).”

Also  in his speech, Coleman, in referring to the College Board, stated he has now  brought on Obama’s reelection team to develop his new Access to Rigor Campaign  to collect and use data from students he calls “low-hanging  fruit.”

The  College Board will use its existing and future data “vault” to profile low  income and Latino students from K-12 using the slogan “If they can go, they must  go” to college.

In  order to pull this off, the architect of the Common Core literally begs his  audience–data geeks “installed” within school districts and specialists from  the Strategic Data Project which is based in Harvard’s Center for Education  Policy Research–to join him in finding these students and interacting with them  throughout their classroom years.

Coleman’s  campaign is partnering with former Obama for America’s Chief Analytics Officer  Dan Wagner as well as a person Coleman references in his speech as “Jeremy”  (could he mean Jeremy Bird also formerly of the OFA data analysis team?). With  Obama’s data gurus on hand, the Access to Rigor Campaign promises to be a broad  national operation which will complement the massive Obama database already in  use.

Coleman  also mentions recently visiting with someone at the White House on the  invitation of Wagner and others “because they saw that we’re going to take the  lead on this issue and they saw an opportunity for this country to get something  done.”

Eventually,  the College Board will hand over its student data to research organizations like  SDP, with restrictions on sharing information; but Coleman was not clear on how  this would happen.

However,  Coleman made it abundantly clear he will concentrate on data mining our  schoolchildren’s proclivities. So, how does intrusion into children’s privacy  through more accumulation of data support Coleman’s stated goals of making  students career and college ready?

Now  that many states have awakened to the deficiencies in Common Core and are even  moving to defund them, Republican governors who bought Coleman’s spiel three  years ago need to redeem themselves and investigate the nonprofit College  Board’s campaign to delve further into the personal lives of our  schoolchildren.

For  background, research and transcript see more at Potter  Williams Report

Reprinted with permission

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