Though developers and proponents of the Common Core initiative have argued that Common Core is merely “standards” and not “curriculum,” the latter of which local school districts can decide themselves, chief executive officer of PARCC Laura Slover said in the release, “High quality assessments go hand-in-hand with high quality instruction based on high quality standards. You cannot have one without the other. The PARCC states see quality assessments as a part of instruction, not a break from instruction.” The CEO of PARCC isn’t the only Common Core mastermind making the admission that Common Core has designs on ultimately controlling how local teachers must teach the new federal standards in their classrooms.
In the following video, Craig Barrett, former CEO of Intel and current Chairman of the Common Core group Achieve, describes how Achieve can provide the Common Core curriculum and assessments to our schools when he says: “Achieve can provide the tools for improvement, the internationally benchmarked curriculum, the internationally assessment tools and then if we can work with the political leaders, the governors to implement those two key aspects of education then we have a chance to compete and win. Without it I think we’re dead.” Don’t take my word for it; listen for yourself starting at the 03:50 mark in the video here: