Part I of our two-part response to the Department of Public Instruction’s
"Common Core Demystified", we rebutted DPI’s claims that Common Core
Standards are state-led and DPI’s assertion that teachers will maintain control
of the curriculum and how subjects are taught. In part II, we explore DPI’s
claim that Common Core does not require specific data collection efforts and
that the implementation of Common Core standards is “no different in cost than
implementing North Carolina’s ongoing revisions to its longstanding standard
course of study.”
states that Common Core does not require student data collection.
Specifically, the document states:
Carolina schools do not ask students questions about religious affiliation.
State and federal privacy laws apply to certain health and income student data
collected by the public schools. But again the Common Core testing does
not require data collection on students.
goes out of its way to say Common Core standards do not require student data
collection. That may be technically true. It is what is left unsaid,
however, that is significant.
Core does not specifically require student data collection. However, CCD fails
to say an ambitious program of student data collection already exists and while
Common Core Standards may not require data collection, teachers and students
are expected to benefit from such efforts. Student data collection was built
partly with the help of federal stimulus funding and also Race-to- the-Top
funds, a federal grant which advocated heavily for the adoption of Common Core
example, all states that accepted stimulus funding agreed to build broad state
longitudinal data systems (SLDS) as a condition of receipt of the
funds. In addition, all states that applied for Race to the Top
funding were given additional points based on their commitment to the
development of student data collection. Improving data-driven decisions at all
levels was a critical element of North Carolina’s Race to the Top application.
So while Common Core may not specifically require additional data collection,
the standards link to Race-to-the-Top and as such tie them to a large existing
state and federal student data collection effort.