- Robert Scott, the former Texas education commissioner who made waves last year when he blasted standardized test-based accountability, gave a speech to Georgia legislators last week in which he slammed the Common Core Standards, saying he was pressured to sign on before a written version was even completed.
- Chad Colby, director of Strategic Communications & Outreach for Achieve (a nonprofit that helped create the Common Core Standards), said in an e-mail to The Washington Post that "nobody was asked to adopt the standards before they were written," although the article names both Kentucky and Hawaii as states that signed on before a final version was released.
- Scott--who also said the standards were written without public input by authors who weren't identified early in the process, and that their real goal was to create a marketplace for educational products and services--says he stands by his comments.
From the article:
A year ago, Robert Scott, then the commissioner of education in Texas, shook up the ed world when he said that standardized test-based accountability had led to a “perversion” of what a quality education should be. He’s no longer the Texas commissioner, but Scott is still worth listening to. He just gave a speech to Georgia legislators in which he detailed how he was pressured to sign on to the Common Core Standards before they were written. ...