Will the real SCORE-SHADY... Please stand up, Please stand up?
SCORE (State Collaborative On Reforming Education) recently spearheaded the Expect more, Achieve more collaborative effort to promote Common Core in Tennessee. The coalition claims more than 300 members, an impressive list of organizations. But...
WE'RE GONNA HAVE A PROBLEM HERE!
Not all the organizations listed as members of Expect more, Achieve more actually joined the coalition. Several organization leaders say they don't know anything about it, they just filled out a form asking for information on Common Core.
So, will the real SCORE-SHADY... Please stand up? Please stand up?
Jared Bigham, Director of College & Career Readiness for SCORE "oversees support for successful implementation of Tennessee’s sweeping reforms focused on preparing students for success beyond high school, specifically through Tennessee’s Common Core State Standards," according to SCORE's website.
Real Shady... Bigham does not have an impressive track record for preparing students to be college ready (see below). In fact, he is the principal of one of the state's lowest achieving high schools. Only 37 of Bigham's students at Copper Basin High actually took the ACT in 2012. Their average composite score was 18.32 and they didn't fare much better the next year with an 18.53 average composite score. He may be a nice principal, but is he really an expert on "college and career readiness"?
Laura Moore, Director of Innovation for SCORE works to identify and spread innovative practices in education reform. She also regularly contributes to the SCORE Sheet blog. SCORE's blogs and other propaganda are quick to debunk so-called myths about Common Core being a tool for cradle to career data collection; gathering information on students' families; and data sharing between states to create a comprehensive national database.
Real Shady... As a past policy manager for Civic Enterprises, Moore co-authored a 2010 report clarifying cradle to career data collection, "In 2009, in order to receive stimulus funding, all of the governors and chief state school officers pledged to build statewide longitudinal data systems that not only report graduation rates, but also follow individual students from early childhood through high school, postsecondary education, and into the workforce."
Under the heading, "More Robust Data Systems," the report reveals the US DOE's "Common Core of Data," a federal database has been expanded to include data from the annual American Community Survey "creating a more complete picture of who is in school and who is not." A year later, Civic Enterprises released another report; this time in collaboration with the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Data Quality Campaign on data in education. The new report anticipates, "the U.S. education system can lead the world in becoming a data-driven enterprise." It claims that, "there is still much work to be done...data must be linked across states, districts, and multiple agencies, and among educational institutions and employers."
SCORE claims its summertime poll shows "overwhelming support for implementing Common Core State Standards" among Tennesseans including 74% support from TEA Party members.
AH, WAIT, NO WAY, YOU'RE KIDDING...
Critics of the poll don't believe it, they want to see the exact questions asked on the survey. But SCORE's memorandum does not disclose any of the questions asked in the survey, leading some to conclude that they were loaded questions designed to provoke a favorable response.
We know SCORE-SHADY isn't a stand-up organization
Time for Momma Bears to sit SCORE SHADY
in the corner for telling untruths.