TRUTH ABOUT COMMON CORE
Welcome to the Arizonans Against Common Core website. This site is dedicated to giving you the information you need about Common Core and what it means for you and your child, your wallet, and your freedom as a parent or an educator.
WHAT IS COMMON CORE?
Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initative (CCSSI), as it is known at the AZ State and Federal level, is a set of national education standards that will fulfill the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act, through a waiver system. (The NCLB Act was put into place by Congress in 2001 and signed into law by President George W. Bush). Our state, like many other states, was failing to meet the NCLB Act requirements and, therefore, wanted something to replace NCLB.
AZ adopted the CCSSI for English Language Arts and Math Standards in June 2010 and started implementing them across the state. To find out more details on AZ Implementation of Common Core, visit the "When did AZ Join?" webpage link.
Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) are not state standards in the first place, and are nothing more then further federalization of our state education systems. It has been the goal of federal education departments for decades to further control state education of our children through federal standards, and to take education out of the hands of the parents and put it to "the state," or under federal control. This has been done at a rapid pace through "school to work" and "college readiness" programs. To read further on these programs visit our College Readiness link here.
"Educators have described Common Core as 'No Child Left Behind' (NCLB) on steriods! In layman's terms, the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is a set of National K-12 standards developed primarily by a nonprofit called Achieve, Inc., in Washington, D.C. under the auspices of the National Governor's Association (NGA) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). These Common Core Standards were developed without state legislative authority." Go here for the Common Core "Quick Facts Sheet."
States were hooked into the Common Core movement with Race-to-the-Top (RTTT) grants they applied for in 2009-2010, and with that application, they were allowed to apply for "No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Waivers" if they adopted the CCSSI verbatim! Subsequently, each state was allowed to add 15% to these federal standards under the Common Core 15% Rule only after they adopted these CCSSI standards verbatim. Read more on the "State Adoption of the Common Core: the Standards 15 Percent Rule" here.
For more details on "Who is Behind" the Common Core implementation in the States visit the "Common Core Federal Standards Initiative- How is it implemented in our 'States?'" flowchart and the "Who is Behind Common Core?" webpage link.