Minnesota Core

What’s happening with Common Core State Standards here in Minnesota

Minnesota began implementing Common Core Standards during the 2012-2013 school year through English/Language Arts.  All other subjects, including social studies, science, history and the arts (now referred to as the technical subjects) are embedded within the English/Language Arts standards.    This standard and subsequent matching curriculum is being taught due to the federal grant program called, Race to the Top, initiated only months into the Obama administration. Accepting the ELA standards was contingent upon applying for the grant money. Although our state did not receive federal funds in this lottery, we still had to accept the standards. Our Governor, Commissioner of Education and 93% of all public schools approved the move to accept federal funds for Race to the Top despite the fact that the standards had not even been written and thus could not be reviewed.   This occurred during the time of the 2009 economic crisis.   Although our state did allow for legislative review and expert testimony of the Math Standards, which were flatly refused, we know that most Minnesota school districts are unfortunately teaching Common Core Math. The Social Studies Standards were approved by the Governor and Commissioner of Education, only, without legislative review. Our present governor and department of education has stated their interest in the Next Generation Science Standards.  Additionally, President Obama’s National Sexuality Standards, K-12, were written by stakeholders and are aligned to the Common Core Standards.

Race to the Top includes four main required components according to the grant application.

  1. Implement the common standards, which can be renamed by each state
  2. Implement high-stakes testing for common core
  3. Implement data collection systems to ensure the movement of all data from local schools/district to the State Longitudinal Database
  4. Implement teacher and principal evaluations

Common Core also includes a Preschool for All initiative for 3rd and 4th graders in Minnesota (already running in four areas of the state) with plans to become mandatory preschool beginning at age 3.  Kindergarten is to start in the fall 2014 as all-day Kindergarten without the 1/2 day option.  Measurement and data collection on children will begin prenatally and extend to the workforce.  Colleges are now preparing to accept the large number of students that will be attending college, through College and Career Ready Standards.

Resources

Here are a list of Minnesota specific documents and resources for your review.

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

OPT-OUT FORMS

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SOURCE DOCUMENTS

Minnesota did not apply for Race to the Top during Phase 2 or Phase 3

Minnesota would receive more than $330 million in RTTT funds, if chosen

History of the Minnesota P20 Education Partnerships:  

Homeschool Resources and Laws:

WEB OF EDUCATION REFORM:  MINNEAPOLIS – Video

8 thoughts on “Minnesota Core”

  1. When discussing the IB, yes both IB and Common Core are related to the UN under UNESCO. They both are inundated with ideological initiatives and goals.

  2. Where can I get a list of where/when MACC will have speakers in our area? I visited the booth at the MACHE conference and they mentioned there would be a session in our area. Where can I find info about this?

    1. Kim – We are posting the list shortly, probably a little later this afternoon. Of special note, we are organizing a huge event: DAY AT THE CAPITOL to show legislators how many people in Minnesota have concerns about the entire CCstandards system (data tracking and so forth).

      Thank you for stopping at our booth! All the best,
      Linda

  3. I was reading something a while back that said IB has ties to the United Nations. Sorry that I can’t remember where I read that. You could probably goggle.

    1. Here’s a link showing how IB is aligning to Common Core Standards. This is IB’s own website announcing their alignment.
      http://www.ibo.org/iba/commoncore/

      IB is a rigorous program. Common Core is meant to infiltrate and take over all of education. (Montessori and Waldorf Schools just announced alignment this past week.)

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