Everyone knows how the proponents of Common Core keep touting how it was a “state led” effort. Though that is easily debunked by anyone who takes the time to research the process of how Common Core came about, we now have direct evidence right off the official Common Core website, through the internet archive machine. Breitbart News exposes it as follows:
The current-day website of the group [Common Core’s official website] states the following in its “Frequently Asked Questions” section:
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort that established a single set of clear educational standards for kindergarten through 12th grade in English language arts and mathematics that states voluntarily adopt…
The nation’s governors and education commissioners, through their representative organizations the National Governors Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) led the development of the Common Core State Standards and continue to lead the initiative. Teachers, parents, school administrators and experts from across the country together with state leaders provided input into the development of the standards.
As Kyle Olson, founder of Education Action Group, observes, use of the Wayback Machine, an internet website archivist, to explore prior versions of the Common Core group’s website shows that the quote captured on March 5, 2010 is, in fact, the standard talking point heard today about Common Core’s beginnings:
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
The description of how the standards began is somewhat different, however, on the very same website on October 19, 2009, just six months earlier:
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a joint effort by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in partnership with Achieve, ACT and the College Board.
Similarly, a 2009 news release at the website of NGA Center states:
Forty-nine states and territories have joined the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The initiative is being jointly led by the NGA Center and CCSSO in partnership with Achieve, Inc., ACT and the College Board.
Achieve, Inc., which bills itself as a nonprofit “education reform organization,” states up front on its website that it “partnered with NGA and CCSSO on the initiative and a number of Achieve staff and consultants served on the writing and review teams” for the Common Core standards.
ACT refers to the nonprofit responsible for the popular college admissions and placement test taken by many high school graduates. The ACT website states that this nonprofit is an “active partner with the Common Core Standards initiative.”
The College Board is currently led by its president, David Coleman, who partnered with Jason Zimba and Susan Pimentel to form Student Achievement Partners, another nonprofit education organization devoted to the success of the Common Core standards.
In the early stages of a movement, you always identify who is leading it. The fact that Common Core identified who was leading it in the early stages as the NGA, CCSSO, Achieve, ACT and the College Board, tells us that private organizations got together and created this and then strong-armed the states via federal monetary bribes. Only when they had to sell it to the public did they change their language and spin it as “state led.”
No one can ever claim Common Core was state-led again, unless they are a liar or completely ignorant of all facts. Please make sure your legislators and local education officials aren’t ignorant of the facts.
For the full Breitbart article, go here: