Germantown School Board
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Common Ground on Common Core...
My discoveries continued, raising even more questions and concerns.ACT college entrance exams, as it turns out, are currently being aligned to CCSS. I had previously understood that the ACT was intended to assess content knowledge. Unless we are drastically changing the content of learning, why would such an alignment be necessary? The final straw for me as a school board member was that I had taken an oath to uphold the United States Constitution—and thus the Tenth Amendment, which reinforces that policy areas such as education not specifically within the purview of the federal government remain under the sovereign authority of the states and the people. My oath also bound me to the Wisconsin State Constitution and our state statutes on the general operation of schools, which affirm local control of education. Common Core made it impossible for me to fulfill my sworn oath or to obey the spirit of state law. I could not sit by and accept changes to Germantown’s standards and curriculum that would violate the rules by which we, as citizens, are guided. Coming down from the U.S. Department of Education, Common Core was adopted immediately, unilaterally, and sight-unseen by Wisconsin State Superintendent of Schools Tony Evers on the first day the standards were offered. Evers made this commitment in exchange for the mere opportunity to apply for Race to the Top funding. He did so without any substantive public discussion or debate. In fact, Evers made Wisconsin the first state to sign on to the Common Core standards, unilaterally adopting them for Wisconsin literally within hours of the standards becoming available and well before they were actually drafted and available for inspection.
Traditional vs. CCSS...
Video of the April 9th workshop with
Dr. Sandra Stotsky...
Germantown School District, through its Board of Education, will commence work on the development of a modern, comprehensive, and systemic PK-12 curriculum beginning in January 2014 that aligns to the future “Germantown Model of Standards for Academic Achievement”
Our standards and Curriculum will be available online for all to see... Check out our new site...
WHAT IS THE DESIRED OUTCOME? The Germantown School District will be the premier district in Wisconsin.
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT - The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility for the quality of the educational program of the schools. To this end, the curriculum shall be developed, evaluated, and adopted on a continuing basis and in accordance with a plan for curriculum growth established by the District Administrator.
• Family perspectives, experiences, and input are critical sources of district accountability
• Each learner follows a unique path based on their individual interests, strengths and preferred learning styles
• High school graduates have all the necessary skills and abilities to succeed – without the need for remediation – in post-secondary education or in a chosen career path
Dr. Sandra Stotsky's English Language Arts Curriculum Framework ~ Chief author: Sandra Stotsky ~
An English Language Arts Curriculum Framework for American Public Schools: A Model For use by any state or school district without charge