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[Susan notes: Rog Lucido makes good points about Common Core standards.]

Submitted to Fresno Bee but not published

To the editor

All that glitters is not gold. Your editorial touts the merits of Common Core Standards, yet does not address any benefit to student learning. If all 50 states have the same standards that is no guarantee of improved student learning. All of California’s 58 counties have had identical math and English state standards for over ten years, yet there is a wide variation across each county’s STAR testing results. Common standards do not mean improved learning.

Switzerland and America have shared one and two in the World Economic Forum Competitive Index for the last two years, yet neither country has common core standards. Common standards provide no benefit to our economy.

California’s Race to the Top ties student scores to their teachers. New tests will have to be given at the beginning and end of each school year to show growth. There will be more tests.

The Gates Foundation has awarded more than $35 million for drafting and promoting common standards. Why? Public schools are ripe for take over. If corporations can control the content, privatize schools through charters and management companies they can use our free tax dollars for their profit. Schools will manufacture students according to their designs.

Rog ( Horace ) Lucido is a retired Physics Instructor

Program Evaluator

Heald College Mathematics Adjunct

Educational Consultant

Educators and Parents Against Testing Abuse (EPATA )

Assessment Reform Network Central Valley Coordinator

Rog (Horace) Lucido

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