Former DE Secretary of Education Lillian Lowery now just making up a new name for CCSS to cover the stink

The latest bullshit ed-reform strategy, wrap your program up in a new package and call it something else:

Common Core is No More, Sort Of


Common Core is No More, Sort Of

Credit Gwendolyn Glenn / WYPR
In 2014, Maryland Superintendent Dr. Lillian Lowery is rebranding the controversial Common Core Standards. She now refers to them as the Maryland College and Career Ready Standards.

With confusion still swirling around the Common Core State Standards, it is no surprise that it is high on state and local education officials’ list of priorities for 2014.

The controversial standards, which outline what students need to learn in math and English/language arts, have gotten a bad rap from parents and some educators as well. As criticism of the standards has intensified, Maryland Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery announced that she will no longer refer to them as the Common Core. “We’ve gone from using the term Common Core State Standards to Maryland College and Career Ready Standards,” Lowery said.

Many people think the standards are some rigid, federally mandated rules that dictate what is taught in the classroom, which they aren’t. In fact, the standards give state and local officials and teachers a lot of leeway. Lowery says her administration has put “the Maryland touch” to the standards in developing a curriculum, so theirs can’t be lumped together with other states’ efforts. “The name branding means Maryland owns it and with Maryland attached to it, people will pay more attention because it’s ours,” she said.

And Lowery hopes the new name will reduce the confusion associated with the standards and new curriculum. “The confusion over it is a communication problem at every level, so a part of the rebranding…could on one level be a communication technique that could help people better understand what we’re trying to do,” she said.


reminds me of something else…


Evidence? Who Needs Evidence When You Have PR?

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This was reported by

“ROCKETSHIP SPUTTERS: Rocketship Education has been one of the hottest charter networks for some time, hailed for a blended learning model that puts its K-5 students to work on computers for part of the day. But it’s recently hit a rough patch. This fall, the network failed to meet enrollment targets for its first school outside California, signing up 307 students in Milwaukee when it had projected 485. Then a federal review found that software the network has used extensively to drill students in math has no discernible effect on math scores.

“- This week, Rocketship withdrew its application to open a school in Santa Clara County, Calif., after intense community opposition. But Rocketship officials say their academic results remain strong and they’re still committed to a huge national expansion. The network now serves 5,000 students; within three years, it expects to enroll 25,000…

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Teachers in Lee, MA, Return Merit Pay

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The teachers in Lee, Massachusetts, received merit pay for higher scores, funded by the Gates Foundation.

In a letter to the Berkshire Eagle, they explained why they rejected the money.

Letter: No merit pay for Lee A.P. teachers

To the editor of THE EAGLE:

While we appreciate the article “Investing in students’ futures” (Eagle, Dec. 3), we would like to make some clarifications.

The $8,700 that the Lee Middle and High School A.P. teachers gave to the school is not from “grant pay,” but rather “merit pay,” earned as a result of high student scores on last spring’s A.P. exams. Unfortunately, the acceptance of “merit pay” was a non-negotiable requirement imposed by MMSI as part of the grant. We accepted these terms only for the additional benefit that a strong and varied A.P. program would provide for our students — “merit pay” was not an incentive to us. By…

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