On the SAT, David Coleman Pulls A Wizard of Oz

David Coleman and the College Board are pulling another Wizard of Oz impression.

Apparently, the College Board has announced that they are banning non-students from taking the new SAT.  This includes people who work for Test Prep companies, according to the site, Chronicle of Higher Education.

The College Board says the need for better test security has prompted the move.

Test Prep companies fired back, asking why they weren’t considered a ‘security risk’ in the past. The College Board has yet to answer.

In other words, pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, the Great and Powerful Oz has spoken.

Oz Was A Fraud, So is Coleman

David Coleman was the lead architect of Common Core. And just like in the Wizard of Oz, once the parents pulled back the curtain on the Core, the fraud was exposed.

A return to Oz might be the case here, with Coleman’s College Board dropping a curtain on Test Prep companies under the guise of ‘security’.  This speaks to the level of control the College Board exerts, not just with the SAT but also with their Advanced Placement courses.

Why?

The College Board is running a veritable monopoly.  They have little to no competition in testing except for the ACT and no competition when it comes to the Advanced Placement classes.

As Dick Innes of the Bluegrass Institute noted in February, the Fordham Institute put out a report on testing that took a swing at the SAT’s only real competition — the ACT. The Fordham report was quickly hit from all sides with criticism.

If you think this Fordham testing report was coincidence, I bet there is some cheap ocean front property in Kansas waiting for you to buy it.

Fordham has been a leading voice in the defense of Common Core, as well as helping to sell it to states back in 2010 using their ‘State Standards Grading’ report.

As for the Advanced Placement classes, many are now familiar with the incredibly biased new framework for the U.S. History (APUSH) course.

The framework was (and still is) without argument Left slanted, omitted major pieces of history and placed emphasis on specific social issues. The framework was also very detailed.

The College Board, under the direction of Coleman, is now converting all of their Advanced Placement courses to follow a similar framework.

A critical read on this move by The College Board would be Stanley Kurtz’s article in the Washington Post, The College Board is in a position to create a de facto national curriculum.

Key section from the article:

“And as a result, by replacing its traditionally minimalist course guidelines with detailed curriculum frameworks, the College Board is now in a position to create a de facto national curriculum.

The massive increase in revenue from government-subsidized testing fees has also allowed the College Board to take over the sort of teacher training once managed by states and districts. Since it writes the exams, signs off on every AP course syllabus, controls teacher training and manages the revision of approved textbooks, the College Board is capable of exercising exceptionally tight control over the curriculum. In effect, the College Board is becoming an unelected national school board, independent of district or state control. Critics have rightly warned that Common Core takes us far down the road to a national curriculum. The College Board, presided over by Common Core architect David Coleman, is swiftly transporting us to the terminus of that highway.”

Again, this is about control. This is about a monopoly.

The College Board is controlling the framework down to the letter. They are requiring teachers to submit their course outlines for approval and they are pushing states and school chiefs to use their product under the semblance of ‘reducing the achievement gap’.

We need an alternative to The College Board.  We need it now.