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New Poll Shows Lack of Parent Involvement in Common Core, Author Says

A new Gallup Poll shows that nearly one third of public school parents have not heard anything about the Common Core State Standards, according to Gallup Politics.

Additionally, for those parents whose children attend public schools in which Common Core has already been implemented, 29 percent have still not heard anything about Common Core.

“…[T]he recent poll supports the notion that the standards were created without sufficient input from parents and educators, and took the public by surprise,” according to Sarah Perry, the Common Core coalition manager at Family Research Council (FRC).

Perry writes for the Christian Post that “The official standards website claims the process was transparent and state-led. Neither claim is accurate.”  She continues:

Instead, the standards were created by private trade associations, the National Governor's Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), neither of which has policy-making authority from any legislative body, and both of which are privately incorporated and funded. It is not surprising then, that Dr. Sandra Stotsky, creator of the now-defunct Massachusetts K-12 state standards, professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas, and a member of Common Core's Validation Committee, has written that "a gigantic fraud has been perpetrated on this country, in particular on parents in this country, by those developing, promoting, or endorsing Common Core's standards."

Dr. James Milgram, professor emeritus of mathematics at Stanford University and the only mathematician on the validation committee, has stated likewise. Of the 29 drafters in the "Standards Development Work Group," those whose names were released only after pressure from parents concerned with the utter lack of transparency in the CCSS, it was revealed that only one was a teacher of English. David Coleman and Susan Pimental, the leading English Language Arts (ELA) drafters, were virtually unknown in the ELA field.

Dr. Stotsky and Dr. Milgram refused to endorse the Standards. As they have publicly stated, they were sworn to secrecy about the process of the standards' development and the content. The NGA and the CCSO themselves have stated their work in development of the standards was confidential. Notably, and in response to rising criticism of the CCSS, the official standards website has changed dramatically since its launch, and now reiterates the teacher and citizen input that went into the development of the standards.The CCSS powers that be seem to be scrambling to convince America that it knew what it was getting into.

To learn more about Common Core and its potential impact on Catholic schools and students, please see The Cardinal Newman Society’s website CatholicIsOurCore.org.

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