High Stakes Tests as Forced Intellectual Labor?

In this recent story we read:

Tracy and Mary Finney thought they were meeting with the principal at West Side Elementary in Marietta, Georgia, this morning to discuss their choice to opt out of Standardized State Testing for their children. Instead, they were met by a police officer who told the Finney’s that their decision to “oppose something the school is trying to do” is considered “kind of a trespassing situation.”

“I certainly didn’t wake up this morning thinking I was going to meet with police at my children’s school,” said Tracy Finney, father of 9-year-old and 11-year-old students attending West Side Elementary.

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$1.5 Billion and Counting: It’s Not Just What He Bought, But What He’s Building

An increasing number of students, parents, educators and community members have entered the public domain and created space for their views critical of the Common Core Standards Initiative (CCSI), the ever-increasing emphasis on testing, and the collection and sharing of students’ private data against parents’ will. The Opt Out movement grows as legal will moves farther from that consciously expressed by an increasingly frustrated public, upsetting those who believe money alone makes history. The big education data mining company, inBloom, now lies dormant, on account of public action against it.  Continue reading

Common Core Forum Rescheduled

Learn More about the Common Core

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 7:00pm-9:00pm
Unitarian Universalist Church, 695 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14222

Because of the Winter Storm Warning issued for Wed, March 12, we have canceled the Common Core Forum on that day and rescheduled it for Tuesday, March 18, 2012, same time and place.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mark Garrison, Professor, Education Policy and Research, D’Youville College


• Robert Christmann, Executive Director WNY Services Council
• Dr. Mira Tetkowski Berkley, Assoc. Professor, Early Childhood, SUNY Fredonia
• Molly Dana, MA, Curriculum Instruction; West Seneca Parent
• Danilo Lawvere, Teacher, Iroquois Central; Amherst Parent

Areas of Discussion:

• Origin of Common Core Standards (CCS)
• Relation of CCS to No Child Left Behind/Race to the Top
• Implementation
• Relation to testing
• Privacy concerns

Co-sponsor: Social Justice Task Force, Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo

Free parking on Elmwood and on West Ferry. Everyone welcome. For more information please call LWVBN office at 884-3550

Failed Implementation, or Failed Governance? On the Possibility of a Common Core Moratorium

Many are now discussing the possibility of a moratorium on the Common Core in New York State. This possibility poses significant questions that should be pursued.[1]

The key question to start with is, how should such a proposal be evaluated? How are members of the public and professional educators to determine whether or not the moratorium is a Trojan horse or if it is a space to broaden the discussion about what education policy is required in New York State, enabling the public to have a say? Continue reading

  1. Just as I posted this piece, the Regents announced the following moratorium, Adjustment Options to Common Core Implementation. Governor Cuomo responded to the announcement here.