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New Education Standards To Bring Bad News

by Hugh McQuaid | Nov 30, 2012 5:36pm
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Richard Laine

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sat down with his newly restructured P-20 Council Friday to discuss moving the state toward implementing Common Core education standards, a process he acknowledges will almost certainly highlight bad news for the state.

Malloy restructured the P-20 Council, originally created by Gov. M. Jodi Rell in 2009, last month to reflect state agency reorganizations under his watch. The group’s goal is to streamline the state’s various education systems to ensure students are prepared to enter the workforce.

Part of that mission will be to help implement Common Core education standards, which will allow states to more easily assess how well their students stack up against others throughout the country.

Richard Laine, director of the National Governors Association’s Education Division, said Common Core standards will be a good move for the state but will highlight the fact that few students are as adequately prepared for college or the workforce as state-level testing seems to indicate.

Laine said that’s because the No Child Left Behind Act required states to set their own standards and decide what score a student must achieve to be considered prepared. As a result, a lot of states set a low standard so more kids would appear proficient.

But when Common Core standards are in place and there is a national bar set at a standard similar to how proficiency is defined under the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Laine said it will be evident that many of those students are not proficient.

Laine brought slides to illustrate his point. On average the top 12 performing states on National Assessment of Educational Progress consider about 75 percent of their students proficient. But by the NAEP standards only about 41 percent of those kids are considered proficient.

“Does that worry anybody?” he asked.

Malloy used words like “scary” and “frightening” as he talked about the results that will likely be available two and a half years from now.

“What we’re being told today is that a majority of almost every measurement group will not be found to be proficient,” he said. “... That’s a scary proposition but it’s an opportunity to start work now and get the work done so we understand the implications of those test scores and we’re already changing our approach to education.”

Laine said it was important to build a coalition of interested parties to help the implementation process, in part so that Malloy doesn’t take the political hit for what’s sure to be bad news on his own.

“If the governor, in two and a half years, is the only individual at the podium with [Education Commissioner] Stefan [Pryor] that are reporting the bad results, he’s going to get killed,” Laine said.

Laine suggested that the coalition include other commissioners, business leaders, and parents. When the time comes to announce the results, he said they should be there at the podium with Malloy.

“Then people can start to say, ‘We believe it, it’s not going away and we will change practice and we will change what we do.’ If he’s alone, he gets killed,” he said.

If he gets killed, it won’t be alone. Forty-five other states are also in the process of adopting the Common Core standards. Malloy said that’s because this country has heard the wakeup call when it comes to education reform.

“America is failing at the thing that it always did best and that was compete,” he said.

Malloy said this country is no longer producing enough scientists or engineers. It’s not retaining many jobs and high school graduation rates have dropped, he said. The U.S. was once the top ranked country when it came to graduation rates. It’s now the 18th.

“That’s a wakeup call. If you 18 to one, that’s a good thing. If you go from one to 18, that’s pretty horrendous,” Malloy said. 

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posted by: Linda12 | November 30, 2012  6:24pm

Can someone in Malloy’s office educate him. He is an embarrassment. He is wrong on many counts. 

One:  So let me say that again: the high school graduation rate for people ages 18-24 is 90%, the highest in our history.

Diane Ravitch: link 

posted by: Linda12 | November 30, 2012  6:25pm

Point two:

No evidence of worker shortages in STEM fields

In the new report STEM labor shortages? Microsoft report distorts reality about computing occupations, EPI immigration policy analyst Daniel Costa casts doubt on a recent Microsoft study that warned of current and projected labor shortages in computer-related occupations and other positions in the broader science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. In his policy memo, Costa details why there are no labor shortages in these sectors.

posted by: Linda12 | November 30, 2012  6:31pm

The real purpose behind the common core. WAKE UP CT….they want to take over ALL of our schools…first spread fear, uncertainty and doubt with lies, lies,  and more lies.

The Common Core Koolaid

First, politicians will actually embrace the Common Core assessments and then will use them to set cut scores that suggest huge numbers of suburban schools are failing. Then, parents and community members who previously liked their schools are going to believe the assessment results rather than their own lying eyes. (In the case of NCLB, these same folks believed their eyes rather than the state tests, and questioned the validity of the latter—but the presumption is that things will be different this time.) Finally, newly convinced that their schools stink, parents and voters will embrace “reform.” However, most of today’s proffered remedies—including test-based teacher evaluation, efforts to move “effective” teachers to low-income schools, charter schooling, and school turnarounds—don’t have a lot of fans in the suburbs or speak to the things that suburban parents are most concerned about.

posted by: Speak up | November 30, 2012  8:05pm

Malloy,

We used to be #1 here too.  What is your plan for this and by the way, you can’t blame this on the teachers. YOU have to solve it.

The top ten best places to be born in 2013:
1. Switzerland
2. Australia
3. Norway
4. Sweden
5. Denmark
6. Singapore
7. New Zealand
8. Netherlands
9. Canada
10. Hong Kong

With its small but very stable economy, Switzerland comes in first, wealthy, healthy and trusting of its public institutions. The United States, “where babies will inherit the large debts of the boomer generation, languishes back in 16th place,” the EIU explains. Feeling the effects of the European monetary crisis, “the largest European economies, France (26), Germany (tied with the U.S. for 16) and Britain (27), don’t do particularly well.”

Back in 1988, the United States was in first place, with France in second, and West Germany in third. Zimbabwe was last, with Iraq second to last and Iran third to last.

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/best-places-born-2013-175300116.html

posted by: Linda12 | December 1, 2012  10:31am

Please read…carrots and sticks are not for us.

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the school system of the 21st Century, as envisioned by federal officials like Arne Duncan and state officials like Chris Cerf! (CT’s Pryor)

- More federal and state interventions in schools with large minority and poor populations… but not a lot more money.

- Test-based evaluations forced on teachers though bribery in poor districts… but not necessarily in affluent ones.

- “Choice” in the cities… but not in the ‘burbs.

- Local control in the ‘burbs… but not the cities.

A two-tiered system of education, segregated by class and race, blessed by Democrats like Barack Obama and Cory Booker.

CT…we can throw in Dannel Malloy and the henchman, Occhio.

http://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2012/11/race-to-top-segregation-gone-wild.html

posted by: Commuter | December 1, 2012  11:19am

Talk about drinking the kool-aid. Only someone with a big investment in the education rackets could argue that our graduation rates are meaningful indicators of the quality of we’re doing, deny that our education model is ridiculously out of date, outmoded and inadequate, that we lack the STEM workforce we need, equate the common core approach with NCLB, and say that, in effect, we don’t need to change a thing. Also, the suburbs are dying for this kind of leadership. Everybody knows it isn’t working, but they don’t know what to do about it except keep shoveling money at it. In that aspect, the suburbs are just like the cities.

posted by: Noteworthy | December 3, 2012  7:18am

When the schools are not teaching english grammar, spelling and vocabulary words and sentence construction, opting instead for some fuzzy headed central office mandates and control, you will get kids who graduate and can’t communicate. This program, like NO Child Left Behind will likely fail because teachers will be forced to teach to the test, kids will learn to puke up three paragraphs they studied and that will be it. When those same children get to college, they will need remedial help to learn what the billions and billions of dollars in school expense, failed to do at individual schools in our neighborhoods.

posted by: 1 Parent Reader | December 3, 2012  11:19am

What is sometimes called the “business” of education enjoys a highly envied financial and operational environment.  The system has little to no oversight, or accountability; a guaranteed market, guaranteed income, that enjoys a blank check essentially.  As long as those employed by this system show up most days there is a safe exceptionally well-paid employment and easy retirement awaiting those who go along without raising waves.

There is no denying the system is out of control. Actually, it is a system that is in complete control of those who oversee it.

One issue where there does seem universal agreement is funding; inadequate or unequal funding.

Education is primarily financed by a strange system of a tax levy upon the value of property; limited to real estate, SOME personal property, and some business assets.  There is no tax upon other assets such as investments, stock, bonds, and bank accounts other than limited tax on investment income highly skewed in favor of the wealthy and against the less wealthy who may not even own the full value of their home being taxed.

Why does no one talk about leveling this playing field with a fairer tax to be levied upon all assets that should include all investments, perhaps based upon amount invested in them or their market value?  The current system is highly unfair and highly leveraged against the average homeowner.  Such a change to some more fair and equal taxation based upon all assets is not even on the table.  Our current system works against the poor and average taxpayer and as we all agree fails to fully fund education.