On Saturday, January 3, 2015, the League of Women Voters (LWV) held a panel discussion on Common Core. Four people were invited to speak, including Donna Davis, Dr. Billie Orr, Dr. Maureen Erickson and Yavapai County School Superintendent Tim Carter.
After hearing from Donna Davis, the League of Women Voters continued their forum on Common Core with a presentation by Dr. Billie Orr, former Associate Superintendent of the Arizona Department of Education. As part of her responsibilities, Dr. Orr helped to develop and implement state academic standards and testing. She reached out to members of the public and academia to receive their input and suggestions.
Orr points out that standards are not learning. "Standards are simply a clear, concise statement of what we expect children to know and be able to do," she explained.
"One of my concerns with Common Core is that I honestly don't feel that we ever needed to go down this rabbit trail. We had standards, they weren't perfect, nor should they be set in stone and never changed. They were always to be looked at, upgraded..." Orr said, pointing out that it is the State Board of Education's responsibility to develop standards in Arizona.
Orr also asks key questions about ownership, accountability, financing and costs.
"It [Common Core] became federalized when the federal government attached money to it," Orr stated.
You can listen to Dr. Orr's presentation here, and follow along with her materials. The link to the funding chart article is also provided.
Accountability Works website: http://www.AccountabilityWorks.org
Dr. Billie Orr: Common Core Presentation