What Is The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)?

CCSSI is the effort that created and is attempting to impose on states a set of national K-12 standards (Common Core). Common Core was developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The Standards cover mathematics and English language arts (although they also claim to cover “literacy” in other subjects such as science, history/social studies, and technical subjects). Currently, two consortia of states have accepted hundreds of millions in federal money to create national tests to align with the Standards.

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Who has the statutory authority over Wyoming’s K-12 education standards?

The State Board of Education (SBE) has the statutory authority over state standards in Wyoming (see state statutes W.S. 21-9-101(b)(i) and W.S. 21-2-304(a)(iii)).

However, the Governor and State Superintendent of Public Instruction signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI), committing Wyoming to the adoption of the CCSS in the Spring of 2009 but the SBE had not voted on the adoption of the CCSS yet. [Read more…]

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Who decides how to implement the standards in Wyoming?

Technically, standards implementation is under the authority of the local school districts. However, the state assessments are mandated by the state and driven by the standards, which then drive the curriculum options and teaching methods. (Title 21 in Wyoming Statutes) [Read more…]

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How were the CCSS created?

The CCSS are almost always touted as being “state led” and created with a wide range of input from educators, states, researchers and more. The “state led” effort that wrote the CCSS is really two private trade organizations based in Washington DC, the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). They partnered with an education reform organization, Achieve, Inc, to create the CCSS. [Read more…]

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Who funded the development of the CCSS?

If the federal government did not fund the CCSS, then who did? The private organizations that have created the CCSS received private money. Some of those funds are cited in the following article “Controlling Education From the Top”

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What public input was included in Wyoming’s decision of adopting the CCSS?

There were public comment periods and hearings during the review and implementation process of the CCSS in Wyoming, however, upon further investigation it is questionable that these were done with adequate response to move forward in the implementation process.

There was a public comment period posted by the WDE in May 2011, however, comments were not accepted on the actual CCSS standards: [Read more…]

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Did the federal government mandate the CCSS adoption by the states?

The federal government did not, and cannot, mandate the standards that states adopt according to law. This did not deter them from tying federal funds to coerce states to adopt the CCSS, however. There were three federal funds tied to states adoption of the CCSS and only 5 states have not adopted them. The three funds linked to the CCSS and/or education reform were: [Read more…]

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