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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

Standardized Test Discontent Spreads the Nation

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D.  | April 21, 2016   National Center for Policy Analysis

As the nation moves into the peak weeks of the 2016 standardized exam season, the backlash against standardized tests is escalating sharply with opt-outs and protests being staged in many states.

Common Core-Aligned SAT Faces Free Market Competition

By Carole Hornsby Haynes | April 14, 2016 National Center for Policy Analysis

The College Board is a non-profit association with a mission of promoting excellence and equity in education. The Board was founded in 1900 by twelve prestigious universities to create a standardized test to admit students based on merit — including the SAT and the Advanced Placement Program.

Now it has changed its mission to one that dictates the use of Common Core curriculum for success on the test. This has been effected by the College Board aligning the SAT to Common Core Curriculum Standards.

OPEN LETTER TO U.S. CONGRESSMAN PETE SESSIONS

February 2, 2016  Education Views                              

The Honorable Pete Sessions
Chairman of the House Rules Committee
United States House of Representatives
2233 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20515-4332

Dear Chairman Sessions:

This correspondence is in reference to your letter of February 1, 2016 which states, “The Every Student Succeeds Act includes major reforms that will stop Washington from imposing Common Core or any other academic standards on states.” 

Senator Lamar Alexander has stated that ESSA repealed the Common Core mandate while you have stated that Common Core has been defunded by the Omnibus Bill.  However, a Common Core mandate has never existed for the federal government but rather for the states. Neither of you is being truthful with the American people.

GOP Colludes With White House In Education Takeover

By Carole Hornsby Haynes, Ph.D. | January 14, 2016

In the face of growing outrage over the Republican support of Obama’s radical agenda to nationalize and dumb down education, lawmakers are scurrying to convince voters the Every Student Succeeds Act, actually prevents the federal government from forcing states to adopt Common Core while reducing the federal role in education.

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