Gubernatorial Candidates on Education

PWC Education Reform Blog

The biggest issue facing education in the United States right now is the Common Core State Standards initiative.  Public schools in participating states must agree to implement the common core standards, evaluate students with one of the two common core aligned assessments, evaluate teachers based, in part, on student performance data, and must gather and transmit numerous “data points” to the US Dept of Education and any other third parties as directed by the US Dept of Ed.

Virginia is not a full participant in the CCSS initiative, yet.  The only thing preventing us from becoming a full participant is Governor McDonnell, whose term is in its final days.

If Virginia becomes a full participant in the CCSS initiative, what our children are taught, how they’re taught it, how their achievement is evaluated, and what information about them is shared with the federal and state government and unnamed third parties…

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  1. My homeschool group has become alarmed about Common Core. At last! I’ve been warning them for months on end.

    It has come to my attention that, even though Virginia didn’t sign on for Common Core, teachers in the Fairfax County Public Schools System are implementing Common Core “on their own.” As a result, I have picked up one student for private tutoring in “real literature.” This student was in the homeschool group for a couple of years, but has been enrolled in GT classes in FCPS as of this month. The parents — immigrants from China — are appalled by what they’ve observed in just a few weeks!

    Escaping Common Core will be impossible once Coleman revises the SAT (College Board). Those revisions are on the fast track right now!

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