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I Told You So

by Susan Ohanian

Announcement of the non-renewal of my decades-long membership in the National Council of Teachers of English:

Also, they enlisted considerable help from education groups, including the National Council of Teachers of English, the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and others.
-- New York Times, Panel Proposes Single Standard for All Schools, March 10, 2020

Give sorrow words: the grief that does not speak
Whispers the o er-fraught heart and bids it break.

âWe tried to clean house a bit, keeping only what is most important and most critical,â said Susan Pimentel, a consultant in New Hampshire who helped write the English standards.

New York Times, Panel Proposes Single Standard for All Schools, March 10, 2020

I said that Achieve would write the Common Core, and at least in English Language Arts, they have.

Susan Pimentel is a Standardisto's Standardisto. She is English Language Arts Consultant, Achieve.

According to her bio, Susan Pimentel has a law degree from Cornell and long involvement in standards setting across the country. Her credits in recent years involved standards-setting in: Beaufort, SC; Chicago, IL; Red Clay, DE; Jackson, TN, Ardmore, OK, Elaine and Marvell, AR; and the states of Arizona, California, Georgia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. She has also worked with individual charter schools in Massachusetts.

Pimentel is co-author with Denis P. Doyle of Raising the Standard: An Eight Step Action Guide For Schools and Communities.

In October 2007, Ms. Pimentel was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB).that oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). She serves on the Assessment Development Committee that approves the content of the NAEP frameworks and NAEP assessment items. Surely this is good positioning for the national test which will follow the Common Core.

Pimentel is Co-Founder, StandardsWork. Take a look at the Board of Directors

She is English Language Arts Consultant at Achieve.

Quoting directly from her bio: As senior policy consultant to the America Diploma Project, Susan has provided research, technical assistance and policy support to Achieve since the projectâs inception. She also has served as a lead content developer, coach and trainer in guiding two multistate adult education reform initiatives under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Education to develop standards-based education interventions.

Pimentel is listed as "collaborator" at EducationFirst Consulting.
Current and recent clients include

  • Achieve Inc.

  • â¢Advance Illinois
    ⢠American Federation of Teachers Education Foundation - Innovation Fund
    ⢠Battelle Memorial Institute
    ⢠The Boeing Company
    ⢠Boston Plan for Excellence
    ⢠Chalkboard Project
    ⢠The Cleveland Foundation
    ⢠Complete College America
    ⢠Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
    ⢠Thomas B. Fordham Institute
    ⢠Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    ⢠The George Gund Foundation
    ⢠William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
    ⢠Iowa West Foundation
    ⢠The Joyce Foundation
    ⢠George Kaiser Family Foundation
    ⢠Mass Insight Education and Research Institute
    ⢠National Board for Professional Teaching Standards
    ⢠Ohio College Access Network
    ⢠Partnership for Learning
    ⢠Seattle Public School
    ⢠Stand for Children
    ⢠Stone Foundation
    ⢠Transition Mathematics Project
    ⢠Washington Roundtable
    ⢠Washington State Board of Education

    — Susan Ohanian




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