Louisiana’s Standards Review: Common Core Writers and Eureka Math Developers Invited
The Common Core in Louisiana is supposedly under review based on legislation passed in the 2015 session.
However, the alleged review is Common-Core-centered and is transpiring at warp speed.
Practically speaking, the resulting changes will only be cosmetic.
Even so, at least some individuals initially involved in this review intended to thoroughly review Common Core– and to propose significant changes because, in their professional opinions, such changes are necessary.
One of those individuals was Brenda DeFelice. DeFelice was a member of the math standards subcommittee, and her task was to examine and offer suggested revisions for the Common Core geometry standards.
On December 02, 2015, DeFelice was told that she needed to attend an extra meeting– a meeting-before-the-meeting– with an individual from the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) and who served on the Common Core math work group (read about it here) and others connected to Eureka Math, a Common-Core-aligned product over which Common Core math work group lead member Phil Daro had the final say (read the background on Eureka math here).
Prior to that extra meeting, LDOE Common Core writers had once before been involved in a Louisiana standards review committee meeting.
After the geometry meeting-before-the-meeting, on December 02, 2015, DeFelice quit the Louisiana Common Core review farce.
Here is her resignation letter, in full:
December 2, 2015Dear Ms. Sanford, Ms. Boothe, and Math Standards Review Sub-Committee Members:Please accept my resignation from the Math Standards Review Sub-Louisiana’s Standards Review: Common Core Writers and Eureka Math Developers Invited | deutsch29: