Testimony for the House Committee on Education in Favor of Kansas House Bill 2621
Sandra Stotsky February 18, 2014
Common Core’s K-12 standards, it is regularly claimed, emerged from a state-led process in which experts and educators were well represented. But it is by now well-known that three private organizations in Washington DC were in charge of the initiative—the National Governors Association (NGA), the Council for Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and Achieve, Inc.—all heavily funded by another private organization, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Nor did the people who wrote the standards represent the relevant stakeholders. Nor were they qualified by experience to draft standards in English language arts and mathematics. And the Validation Committee that was created to put the seal of approval on the drafters’ work was useless if not misleading, both in its membership and in the procedures they had to follow.