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Stop Common Core in Illinois

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We reject the Federal Government's intrusion into our education system and want control over what is taught in our classroom returned to our state and local school boards.

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• Common Core removes control of our state k-12 education standards from Illinois and puts it in the hands of private trade organizations who wrote and copyrighted the standards and who are not accountable to the public which pays for their implementation.

• It allows the federal government to dictate the terms of our teacher evaluations.

• It makes it practically impossible for local school districts to control their costs because independent consortia develop assessment tools which our districts must use. These on-line assessments are not only many times more expensive than our existing tests, they are a technical impossibility for many schools in our state who do not have broadband access to the internet.


• Common Core Standards are not internationally benchmarked as marketed, nor have they been tested and found to be superior to existing state standards. They have never been tried before. Their implementation in 45 states amounts to a massive pilot program that uses our children as test subjects.

• Common Core assessments ramp up the collection of personally identifiable data on our children. Through various agreements this data will be sent directly to the US Department of Education who has changed the Family Education Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) to allow this data to be shared with other government agencies and third parties without our knowledge or consent.

• The architect of the Common Core Standards has vowed to align the SAT tests to these standards thereby pressuring homeschoolers and private schools to teach to these standards as well. Millions of children will be lost inside a one size fits all system designed to create equal mediocrity among the new “global citizens.”

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  • Anonymous
    Anonymous
    Sep 29, 2016
    Sep 29, 2016
    Our daughter struggles with this and it's breaking her down she thinks she's stupid and it breaks my heart. As an adult I don't even understand some of this math. How are we suppose to help our children when we haven't a clue. Homework time is never fun in our house and it gets eveyone all wild up. For years the regular way worked just fine. If it's not broke let it be.
  • Tasha flanagan
    Tasha flanagan United States, Mount Vernon
    Sep 28, 2016
    Sep 28, 2016
    This system is ridiculous , every child learns differently , I feel all the unnecessary steps to achieve the same answer are totally confusing. My 11 yr old is stressed out so bad about the math, and I feel like a complete idiot for not being able to break down the steps. Save this math for kids who excel, let kids master the basics it's worked fine for all these years.
  • Jose R Gonzalez
    Jose R Gonzalez United States
    Aug 31, 2016
    Aug 31, 2016
    Common core is just a piece on nonsense for kids and parents. How in the world would you have to do tree or four different steps to add 7+4. Common core is stupid
  • Adriana Corona
    Adriana Corona United States, Wheaton
    Aug 27, 2016
    Aug 27, 2016
    I agree with stopping the common core as it is now. In “World’s Best Teacher’s Too Much Testing Warning,” (2015. (Education Journal. (250), 7.) Ms. Nancie Atwell, a US teacher, warns our educators that the Common Core is limiting our teachers to teach our students to pass standardized tests instead of focusing on literacy. While some argue that the Common Core focuses on the mid-stream of education not the lower or higher end; there are others that argue that the Common Core is designed for students that are already ahead of the learning curve. (Pros and Cons, 2011). So, how effective is the Common Core for the gifted, mid-stream and higher learning students?
    Based on the Illinois standardized tests results (http://www.corestandards.org/standards-in-your-state/), the Common Core standardized testing does not prove to be truly effective. The “traditional” test results in 2013-2014 were in the 50’s percent proficiency for English compared to the PARCC (Common Core Standard Test) results in 2014-2015 that were in the 30’s percent proficiency. Math scores also dropped when PARCC testing was implemented. Many states have opted out of the Common Core and I hope that Illinois will win the fight to implement a different type of curriculum and testing for our students. We should test knowledge and not feel pressured to follow what the government wants us to do in fear of losing funding. Students do not learn the same way and we should considered eliminating standardized testing in full.
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