NC State Board of Ed To Hear Common Core Recommendations

Next Wednesday and Thursday is when the North Carolina State Board of Education will hold their monthly meeting.

The recommendations  from the Academic Standards Review Commission (ASRC) that were passed in December will finally be discussed at Wednesday’s meeting.  The recommendations were handed off to the Student Learning and Achievement committee, which has two members: Eric Davis and Dr. Olivia Oxendine.

Mr. Davis is a member at large on the board Dr. Oxendine represents the Sandhills regions.

Oxendine was also a member of the ASRC.   Oxendine led the ASRC’s  English Language arts workgroup.
[Read: Common Core Commission Takes A Dive]

At the bottom of this article is the State Board of Education agenda item covering the recommendations as of 2-26-15, but before you look at it I would like to call attention to the third item (Attachment 3 – The Centroid Fall 2015).

The Centroid is the journal for the North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCCTM).

The NCCTM launched a letter writing and op-ed campaign in the final months of the ASRC meetings. Up until then, they had been invisible to those watching the review process.

This NCCTM’s activities in those last two months consisted of attacks on the ASRC math group members and could easily be characterized as harassment.

I believe attachment three, which is a copy of the NCCTM Centroid journal, is there for the final article in it, “The State of Mathematics Standards in North Carolina”.

This article has a history of Standards in North Carolina, yet leaves out the critical point — that North Carolina’s partnership with the American Diploma Project (ADP) influenced the NC Essential Standards. At the same time ADP was not only working on Common Core, but they were instrumental in the creation of it. This is why our state’s ‘pre-Common Core’ Essential Standards revision looked ‘so much like Common Core’, because it basically was Common Core.

When I talk about ADP and NC, I am also talking about the ‘Education Trust’, which has four members — Fordham, ADP, Achieve and the National Alliance of Business.

Exhibit A: 

From the Achieve website.

The resulting ADP Benchmarks – published in Ready or Not: Creating a High School Diploma that Counts – reflected an unprecedented convergence in what these employers and postsecondary faculty say are needed for new employees and for freshmen entering credit-bearing coursework to be successful. Today, they stand as the pre-cursor to the Common Core State Standards.

The above report was published in 2004, I believe.

Exhibit B:

In 2008 the ‘Education Trust’ of Fordham, ADP, Achieve and the National Alliance of Business  got together and published “Making College and Career Readiness the Mission for High Schools: A Guide for State Policymakers“.

This report notes the origin of the Common Core and how ADP drove the process: “In 2001, we came together to launch the American Diploma Project (ADP), along with the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and the National Alliance of Business. The goal of ADP was to identify the skills and knowledge required for success after high school and use those to help high schools reset and anchor their K-12 goals and standards.

Exhibit C:

Mercedes Schneider covered this history and more, and I think it should be added to the NC Board of Education’s attachments.