Karen Yates 6 months ago

I want parents, teachers, and local school administrators to have the freed to choose the curriculum for Oklahoma schools. I don't want mass amounts of information collected about our school children and then handed over to outsiders. I want massive amounts of testing done away with in favor of teaching material that a well rounded citizen needs to know such as history, accurate history.

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Common core: Draw to show a ten to make 15-7. Really Mary?

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Lonnie Olson 6 months ago

Common core is a bad idea in so many ways, first of all it is a method to indoctrinate our youth from a national scale. If we blindly follow the government lead on this you have one corrupt entity telling your kids what to think and do. Second, not all kids are the same,nor do they learn the same. Common core doesn't allow any leeway for instructors to innovate and educate. With common core you will have to teach the same to each student, there fore you will wind up teaching at the lowest level, not the highest, therefore you will be dumbing down the curriculum. This has to be repealed.

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Linda Murphy 6 months ago

State law mandating Common Core Standards must be repealed. The standards are copyrighted to the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. Please pass HB 3167 to repeal Common Core Standards and return local control. Please oppose HB 3399 which Keeps the standards for a study during and a 2 year delay.

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Renee Terrell 6 months ago

Stop common core. Since the first week of school my 3rd grade son has been told he will fail if he doesn't pass the state tests. Teachers and children are under constant stress they have lost the ability to truly teach our children. They are not learning anything all my son talks about is practice tests and the "big" test coming up. This should be a time full of learning exploring and experiencing new things. Please bring back traditional education let our teachers do what they went to school for. Please stop making our children fill in bubbles and spending hours on computers. 10 minutes of recess is not enough. Think of the teachers and the children and stop putting money and big business ahead of them and their education and ability to teach.

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Donna Faulk 6 months ago

Repeal Common Core. Vote yes on HB 3167. Please oppose HB 3399 because Common Core does not need to be studied. Untested standards are making American children part of a huge experiment for the benefit of testing companies. Professionals who were on the team of writers for the standards, but would not validate them, have spoken out against the ELA and Math standards. Young children are stressed because the standards are requiring developmentally inappropriate learning tasks. Parents, principals, and teachers are speaking up all across the United States. The outcry against Common Core will not go away because these are people's children.

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Donna Faulk 6 months ago

National Event Drop-Out Rate = 3.4% (2009) and Oklahoma's Drop-Out Rate = 2.3% (2011) U.S. Department of Education: Trends in High School Dropout and Completion Rates in the United States: 1972-2009, Compendium Report: National Center for Education Statistics. Page 5 states, "On average, 3.4% of students who were enrolled in public or private high schools in October 2008 left school before October 2009 without completing a high school program." The 25-30% rate that is used by all supporters of national standards is in this same report as one of the four research methods, called Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate. On page A-6 (Appendix A, page 6) it says, "Note that the AFGR (Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate) is not the same as a TRUE cohort graduation rate." The paragraph goes on to explain why this method is NOT ACCURATE. However, an entire national education reform has been put into place using this inaccurate figure. Repeal Common Core HB 3167 http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012006.pdf http://ok.gov/sde/student-dropout-report

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Barbara McClanahan 6 months ago

Repeal Common Core by supporting HB 3167. Sufficient evidence has been offered by numerous experts in education, child psychology, and other fields to demonstrate clearly that these poorly designed standards do much more harm than good, especially when tied to increased (tripled) high-stakes tests that are required by the federal government. We don't need study--we need repeal! Common Core is not the way to improve public education in Oklahoma.

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Gayla Kizer 6 months ago

Please repeal Common Core instead of just stalling it. This is hurting our children. My 8 year old daughter is only in the 2nd grade and already she is stressed out about failing a test she doesn’t have to take until 3rd grade. She has been told if she fails this test, she will be held back and have to repeat 3rd grade even if she is a straight A student.

The assignments given to the kids are age inappropriate. My daughter struggles with her homework to the point she is crying and it is making her physically sick. She used to love going to school and now she dreads going to school.

The kids are no longer getting a real education. They are not being taught to learn. They are being taught how to pass a test. They don’t even have to get the answer correct anymore. As long as they can explain how they got the answer, it is correct even when it really is the wrong answer. I want my children to have a real education, where they are really learning something. This is not happening with Common Core.

My other concern is the data mining, sharing of my children’s information. The only people who need any of my children’s information are their schools, teachers and me. No other person or business should be allowed access to that information. As their parent, I have not given anyone the permission to share my children’s information but it is being done. That is illegal!

Common Core is hurting our children physically and emotionally. It is also harming their education and I want better than that for my children. They deserve better!

Repeal Common Core by supporting HB 3167 and opposing HB 3399.

Thank You, Gayla Kizer

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KM Hayes 6 months ago

STOP COMMON CORE! Our children deserve an education not an indoctrination! This is about educating our children not making huge profits for huge corporations!

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Stacie Dunn 6 months ago

English Language Arts Standards » Grade 5 » 2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. Friends, it would take 8 PASS objectives to adequately cover this one CC standard. CC is deceiving.

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Melissa Harcrow 6 months ago

Common core was introduced and voted into Oklahoma law without proper representation of citizens. Common core has many attachments that will prove to be detrimental to Oklahoma students, teachers, and schools.
Please take time to research this iniatitive past the "talking points" or "messages" given by proponents. You can easily discredit all the commercialized terms used to sell common core to legislators, corporations, and citizens ("state-led", "rigorous and relevant", "deeper", "clear and consistent expectations", "internationally benchmarked", "world class", "level the playing field", "benchmarked for success", "local decision-making", "college and career ready"). Before voting, find out if these common core selling points can be proven. Proponents have yet to produce information validating any of these claims. Proponents use a tactic of removing the focus on their claims by touting opponents are misinformed or opponents are politically motivated. There are Republicans and Democrats for cc. There are Republicans and Democrats against cc. This is nothing more than distractions.
Thousands of people have spent countless hours reading the history of common core, following the trail of money and influence, and watching helplessly as our students endure test, after test, after standardized test. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!! Common core is NOT, nor has it ever been about raising standards. It is, however, about huge profits, data collection and sharing, dismantling of public education, and federal control.
Common core was introduced by offering states a chance at federal money. Its claims of allowing the state to have input are false, as is the majority of proponents' common core statements. More is wrong with common core than what can be found to be right. HB 3167 will be up for a vote soon. Please support Rep Gus Blackwell's bill to return the decision making process back to local families and districts. I urge you to vote in favor of HB 3167 and pass bills protecting student privacy!

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Kristal Picolet 6 months ago

Common Core State Standard (CCSS) - Key Issues NOT developmentally age appropriate:  Primary students Kindergarten thru 3rd grade especially are not developmentally capable of thinking with abstract reasoning, or in a subjective manner, due to their brains not being physically developed yet. Children this age are not physically capable of thinking with logic and do not have the ability to understand specific concepts such as, time, or the sequence of events in exact order, etc. (Exactly why they get today, tomorrow, yesterday and even 5 minutes ago all mixed up) Also, the same reason why our children need constant repetition to master certain types of activities and we cannot expect them to even make their bed perfectly like we as adults do no matter how many times we show them. Child clinical psychologist, Megan Koschnick, presents on how the Common Core Standards are developmentally inappropriate for young students at a conference held at Notre Dame. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vrQbJlmVJZo

 The secondary and high-school aged students on the other hand will begin to have developmental gaps due to the fact that they have been taught an objective approach or traditional approach their entire educational career and now will automatically have to only be tested and taught based on a transitional or progressive, outcome based, subjective approach. Imagine studying and mastering airplanes and flight modules for 8-10 years and then only given a chance to pass exams based off of automobile modules, still a mode of transportation just not quite the mode you had been mastering. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transformative_learning, http://cuip.uchicago.edu/~cac/stuff/philosed/tradvsprog.htm  Extensive amounts of scripted benchmarks and modules must be completed at a steady and rapid pace, therefore, teachers do not have time to go back and ensure students are grasping concepts and/or retaining necessary information. Too much, too fast, and leads to introduction of LOTS of material but NO mastery or retention which in turn does not fulfill a solid foundation for students to build on. Quantity NOT Quality

 The only two educators on the validation committee refused to sign off on the standards. http://www.uaedreform.org/downloads/2013/11/common-cores-invalid-validation-committee.pdf http://www.hslda.org/commoncore/topic12.aspx Excessive High-Stakes Testing & Assessments:  Due to high-stakes testing most students in ALL grades will suffer and do suffer from major anxiety, depression, frustration, stress, apprehension, and quite frankly pressure to perform on high-stakes assessments steals a child’s joy for learning. Note there are also no longer modifications for students with special needs. http://brainconnection.positscience.com/tests-stress-problems-for-students/ http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/frameworks.aspx http://www.fairtest.org/arn/caseagainst.html  Because a teacher and a schools evaluation is solely based on the high-stakes testing, the teacher MUST in turn teach to the test to ensure as many students as possible can score proficient. Teaching to the test takes away from valuable class instruction time in order to allow for test-prep, and/or field tests. http://dianeravitch.net/2012/09/28/how-testing-reduces-instructional-time/  Ask any teacher Standards DRIVE curriculum http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/12/08/teachers-complain-common-core-linked-lessons-little-more-than-scripts-to-read/ Loss of Local Control:  Public Policy, Copyrighted, education without representation and states can only add 15%, an entire package deal with no ability to filter or alter. http://commoncorestandards.com/faq/ccss-copyrighted/ http://www.corestandards.org/public-license http://www.ccsso.org/Documents/Common_Core_Resources_May%202013_Final.pdf  Federal Funding Bribed States to receive Race To The Top Funds to Adopt Common Core National Standards

 Top Down Government Approach through National Governor’s Association (NGA) & Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) The states were bribed to adopt the standards due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 [ARRA] which provides about $100 billion for education K-12. The states adopted the standards prior to them even being written. http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop/index.html http://www2.ed.gov/policy/landing.jhtml http://www.pipelinenews.org/2010/jan/19/Race-To-The-Top-Education-Reform-Or-Bribery.html http://heartland.org/policy-documents/tip-sheet-common-core-standards http://www.ocpathink.org/articles/201

 If Oklahoma still has local control then why when we go to our local or state school board with concerns are we told, “Sorry, our hands are tied, this is a law we must abide!”

 Also, note that the State School Board is currently appointed by the State Governor and are NOT elected officials.

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denise roberts 6 months ago

we want full repeal of the common core standards. the idea of an interim study is ludicrous. unless you repeal it first, we have no faith in your leadership. to the senate, repeal common core or we will repeal you at the polls. if you saw your neighbor abusing his child, you'd be compelled to intervene. we cannot and will not stop fighting for oklahoma children. REPEAL IT. it's no good for Oklahoma. this great state will lead the way, not fall into line behind one size fits all, top down education aimed at producing mediocrity. we will lose our best and brightest teachers. it's already happening. please pay attention. oklahoma can do better than this.

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Amber Rice 6 months ago

You cant allow are even think this is right. I have read and read up on this. You guys need to go back to the pass and other instruction. We as parents have this right the Goverment should not choose this for us. You are violation of our cconstitution. . Vote this out. My baby has never been so upset from school as now.. she hates it. All these test she actually said she dont care anymore she has tried and still aint Good Enough!!! Not my baby!!!!

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Dawn Archer 6 months ago

This is not in the best interest of our children, they are not for profit! Stop Common Core and leave education to the people on the front lines..Local administrators, teacher ect!!! It is time to quit putting all of these regulations on our schools....Let the Children LEARN and Let the Teachers TEACH to the PASSION not their PAYCHECK!

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lynne jones 6 months ago

My grandchildren are of school age. It doesn't matter what state I live in this is Nation wide. Common core is designed to dumb down out kids and make them less eligible for college by people who don't know what they are doing in education. People who are not even qualified to set up this mess. I hope all you so called legislators have taken your time to read everything you can about this program to indoctrinate the kids and take away their spirit. Or is is another one well "we will just have to pass" it to know whats in it? Shame on you. At least do your homework on it. The parents are. They know what is happening to the kids already. I suggest before you implement this and give your stamp of approval that you do as much due dilligence as FDA does on approving drugs. Know what you are approving. This will not be a childs ACA or as we like to call it "Obamacare".

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Julia Seay 6 months ago

kill common core and protect student privacy

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Joy Bartlett 6 months ago

If our Oklahoma teachers are not smart enough to select our schools curriculum, they do not need to be teaching. Oklahoma has some good teachers and they are qualified to select what needs to be taught.

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Tasha Miller 6 months ago

Repeal common core and support HB 3167 and give back local control. Let Our children's teachers decide what standards are best for them.

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Syrena Hamil 6 months ago

Repeal Common Core. Vote yes on HB 3167. Please oppose HB 3399 , my children are not guinea pigs for you to test an education theory on. Common Core State Standard is not a "state" standard, this is a national standard and calling it anything else is false representation. This CCSS has been falsely represented and implemented and the impact is on my children, which I was not given a voice before this decision. The NGA a CCSO are DC-based trade associations and neither of these groups have grant authority from any particular state or states to write the standards.Yet these were adopted...untested and unfounded of any actual educational gain. The Oklahoma Academic Standards (OAS) website (http://ok.gov/sde/oklahoma-academic-standards) specifically states that it does not dictate how teachers should teach, mandate a specific curriculum, require the purchase of entirely new instructional materials, etc. This is a blatant lie. When reviewing the transition to OAS on the website, it specifically states “Educator’s Evaluating Quality Instructional Products (EQuiP) – A useful tool to ensure quality instructional materials are used or purchased.”. EQuIP (Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products)is an initiative of the American Diploma Project (ADP) Network designed to identify high-quality materials aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) (http://www.achieve.org/EQuIP). The EQuIP Student Work Protocol states in regards to teaching our kids. “The EQuIP Student Work Protocol is designed to establish or articulate the relationship between student work and the quality and alignment of instructional materials that previously have been reviewed using the EQuIP quality review process. Focusing on this relationship enables educators to develop a common understanding of the challenging work required by the CCSS. The specific objectives of this EQuIP Student Work Protocol are three-fold: 1.To confirm that a lesson’s or unit’s assignment is aligned with the letter and spirit of the targeted Common Core State Standards. 2.To determine how students performed on an assignment as evidence of how well designed the lesson/unit is. 3.To provide criterion-based suggestions for improving the assignment and related instructional materials.” Click on the link for Publisher’s criteria for High School math and read.what it state about previous purchased material that is used to teach the new focus, coherence and rigor in the high school standards. “Working with previously purchased materials. Most existing materials and tools likely fail to meet one or more of these criteria, even in cases where alignment to the Standards is claimed. But the pattern of failure is likely to be informative. States and districts need not wait for “the perfect book” to arrive, but can use the criteria now to carry out a thoughtful plan to modify or combine existing resources in such a way that students’ actual learning experiences approach the focus, coherence, and rigor of the Standards. Publishers can develop innovative materials and tools specifically aimed at addressing identified weaknesses of widespread textbooks or programs.” How is this not mandating a specific curriculum to be followed? It is quite apparent that classroom materials being taught now are specifically designed to raise the scores for the state to qualify for the RTTT grant money at the expense of our children. Any common standard that does not promote higher math than that Algebra II for college is simply put, illogical. Again, there is no factual evidence that shows this is a “good thing”. The only thing I see is those who make the tests and sell the material to teach what’s on the tests get bigger bulging pockets.Please PLEASE vote against HB 3399 and for HB3167.

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