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Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

                           Working to regain local control of education in Missouri.



Common Core Standards and Data Collection Connection

Posted by Anne Gassel on October 2, 2013 at 10:40 PM

 By: Gretchen Logue

But CCSS proponents insist the standards have nothing to do with data collection.  What's the true story?  The information will be individualized (see below) so it's really not so much about the schools as it is about individual data, right?

The Common Core proponents say the standards are only that: standards.  They contend they have nothing to do with the Longitudinal Data Systems and personally identifiable data collection.  From The CCSSO and a question about data collection:

Are there data collection requirements associated with the Common Core State Standards?

There are no data collection requirements of states adopting the CCSS. Standards define expectations for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade. Implementing the CCSS does not require data collection. The means of assessing students and the data that results from those assessments are up to the discretion of each state and are separate and unique from the CCSS.

From the National PTA:

Is the federal government compiling student and family data into a federal database?

No. Common Core is not a mechanism for federal data collection. Confusion over data collection likely comes from a misunderstanding of the National Education Data Model (NEDM), which is actually a framework describing the types of data that individual districts and states may choose to use to answer their own questions about policy. The NEDM does not contain any data, and there are no data collection requirements for the Standards. Federal law prohibits the reporting of aggregate data that could identify individual students. In addition, the federal government does not have access to the student-level information held in state databases.

What is their response to this Illinois Data Warehouse September 2010 pdf document?

The State Core Model - PESC

It was developed by CCSSO as part of the Common Education Data Standards ... The Model is designed to address unique, complex P20 SLDS relationships, business .... (and sometimes prenatally) to age 3; and preschool programs (also called ...... along the educational pipeline, which in higher education involves the ...

On page 2 it states there is a clear connection with data collection, state longitudinal data systems and in fact, the sets come preloaded with Common Core learning standards:

1.0   Abstract

The State Core Model is acommontechnical reference model for states implementingstate longitudinaldata systems (SLDS). It was developed by CCSSO as part of the Common EducationDataStandards (CEDS) adoption work with fundingfromthe Gates Foundation.

The Model includes early childhood (EC), elementary and secondary (K12), post-secondary (PS), and workforce (WF) elements, known collectively as “P20,” and establishes comparability between sectors and between states. The State Core Model will do for State Longitudinal Data Systems what the Common Core is doing for Curriculum Frameworks and the two assessment consortia.

The core purpose of an SLDS is to fulfill federal reporting (EDEN/EDFacts), support SEA, LEA, and research data-driven decision making, and enable exchange of comparable data between education agencies. The Model could enable states to vastly reduce the number and burden of data collection by replacing 625 distinct Federal reporting types with record-level data collections. In addition, it is designed to support dropout early warning intervention systems (DEWIS), positive behavior intervention systems (PBIS) and response to intervention (RTI), balanced scorecard performance management, and provide and extensible model capable of accommodating future needs.

The Model is designed to address unique, complex P20 SLDS relationships, business rules, and entity factoring including: properly distinguishing “official” vs “un-official” (but possibly more current) data; source files with different and or non-existent start and end dates; complex relationships between organizations; and people with multiple roles in multiple organizations including student-teacher linkage.

It addresses student-teacher link, common assessment data model, and comes pre-loaded with Common Core learning standards.

The State Core Model consists of three principle artifacts: (1) this document; (2) the “State Core Workbook” an Excel 2007 file containing the data dictionary and maps; and (3) a physical data model with scripts to support implementation of the model in major technical platforms. All three artifacts can be downloaded and used without charge or attribution from [the EIMAC group site].

1 .  The State Core Model will be used by the CEDS Adoption Implementation Task Force (AITF) to validate,improve, and expand future versions of the standards. Itincorporates and acknowledges work previously published, specifically the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) data handbook, National Education Data Model (NEDM) v2.0, Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC) recommendations, School InteroperabilityFramework (SIF) v2.4 specification, Post-Secondary Electronic Standards Council (PESC) schemas, State HigherEducation Executive Officers (SHEEO) State of State PS Data Systems report ,andCommon Education Data Standards v1.0.

Pg. 7:

In this new world, students willusenot one, but multiple devices eachday to access their own,pervasive “virtual laptop” to support ahybrid mix of online and face-to-face learner-centric experiences. Educators, parents, andotherstudents will work in partnership with each student to achieve internationally benchmarked learning objectives at individualizedpace

Like a car naviagation system, the learning management systems of the future will know the current location of each learner and be able to plot multiple, individualized paths to the Common Core and other academic goalsStudents will be able to select preferences of modality of instruction, language, and time.  And, like a car navigation system, even if they decide to take a detour, the system will always now where they are, where they want to do, and multiple paths to get there.

Pg. 65:

Standards & Assessments

The last two subjects are not central to the model, but are sufficiently important to warrant their own subjects. The first is Standards and Assessments. These entities have relationships to both People and Organizations.

They include:

· Assessments

· Assessment Result Sets (Student Scores)

· Learning Standards.

While ISBE may currently not have needs to store overly complex assessment information, it is expected that Illinois’s participation as a governing member of the PARCC assessment consortium will require more complex assessment data structures and maps to the Common Core academic standards.

You can see the ultimate goal is sharing this personally identifiable information on a global level (pg 71/74):

RDS: Snapshot

Note the final ILSDAC report (December 2010) does not mention Common Core or the global data sharing goal and they are conveniently left out of the final report.  However, look at this power point presentation below which is a powerpoint presentation based on the September 2010 report:

P20 State CoreLogical Data Model Presentation - September‎


It shows the global sharing goal on the powerpoint.  Why was this information left out of the December report?   Why is the connection between Common Education Data Sets (CEDS) and Common Core left out of the report? 

Do you believe the Common Core is not an important data collection vehicle?  How else are the assessments to be gathered, accessed, shared and compare if there are no common assessments and coded data sets?  The sets are coming pre-loaded with Common Core learning standards, so the expectation is that the assessment data will be gathered via these standards and assessments.

This link, (, will enable you to see Illinois' 2013 workforce plan and the MOU the state signed with the Gates Foundation in 2007 to establish common data sets and become the leader in data gathering/sharing of student information.  There is a clear expectation that this data gathering will extend to a number of states and will be shared on a national level.

The September 2010 report has been amended and contains a November 2010 update reporting on states wanting to adopt or had expressed interest in Illinois' data map:

Adoption Update

November 2010

The State Core Model has been developingand maturing overthelast fourteen months. In the firstphase of work, as part oftheNational Education Data Model (NEDM):

·    34 state datahandbooks were mapped: AR, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MT, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, WA, WI, WV, and WY.

·    20 states were met with: AR, CO, CT, DE, IA, KS, MD, ME, MT, NC, NJ, NM, NY, OK, PA, TX, UT,VT, WA, WY.

·   3 states were mapped more deeply: NJ, IL, and WA

In this phase, mapping involved 4-5 hours of research per state withpublicly publishedmaterials. The meetings were single, 1-hour webex sessions. Deep mappinginvolved development of comprehensivemetadata workbooks. This phase also involved mappingto 79 EDFacts file specifications.

The results ofthis work were published as part of NEDM v2.0 at the NCES MIS conference March 2010 andcan be downloaded from the NCES IESofficial site:

So far, in the second phase ofthework, as part of CEDS, 20 states have expressed interest intheModel:

·   6 states have begun adoption: AR, IL, NJ, UT, WA, WY

·   8 states have indicated an interest inadoption: AZ, CA, CO, CT, IA, MS, MT, WV

·   6 states have asked to learnmore: GA, NC, NV, OR, RI, andTN

An initial draft of the State Core Model was presented to state educationdata managers at the CCSSOEIMAC meeting October 5. A near finaldraft oftheModel willbepresentedto the Nation’s chiefeducation officers at CCSSO’s Annual Policy Forum November19. Many more states are expectedto become involvedafter that meeting.

The State Core Model will be available for states to adoption using the CEDSAITFadoption framework:

Level 1 – Agree to use CEDSand the State Core Model:  The organizationhasmade a formaldecision to consider the datadefinitions, terminology and code sets for acore subset ofdata elements commonly used by and amongstate/district/postsecondary institution studentinformation systems.

Level 2 – Technically Documented:  The organization has mapped to and can publish technical documents with metadata* that includes, the data definitions, terminology and code sets fora core subset of data elements commonly usedbystates in their P-20 SLDSs.

It seems to me there is a clear connection between Common Core, CEDS, data collection and national linkage.  What do the Common Core proponents who insist there is no connection between CCSS and data collection say about this information?

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