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Jerry P. Becker

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Who Are the 24 People Who Wrote the Common Core Standards?
Posted: Jul 10, 2014 3:41 PM
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From Family Taxpayers Foundation. See
, Monday, April 28, 2014.
Mercedes Schneider: Who Are the 24 People Who Wrote the Common Core Standards?

By dianeravitch

A few days ago, I posted the names of the members
of the "work groups" that wrote the Common Core
standards. There was one work group for English
language arts and another for mathematics. There
were some members who served on both work groups.

Altogether, 24 people wrote the Common Core
standards. None identified himself or herself as
a classroom teacher, although a few had taught in
the past (not the recent past). The largest
contingent on the work groups were
representatives of the testing industry.

Mercedes Schneider looked more closely at the 24
members of the two work groups to determine their
past experience as educators, with special
attention to whether they had any classroom

Here are a few noteworthy conclusions based on
her review of the careers of the writers of the

In sum, only 3 of the 15 individuals on the 2009
CCSS math work group held positions as classroom
teachers of mathematics. None was a classroom
teacher in 2009. None taught elementary or middle
school mathematics. Three other members have
other classroom teaching experience in biology,
English, and social studies. None taught
elementary school. None taught special education
or was certified in special education or English
as a Second Language (ESL).

Only one CCSS math work group member was not
affiliated with an education company or nonprofit

In sum, 5 of the 15 individuals on the CCSS ELA
work group have classroom experience teaching
English. None was a classroom teacher in 2009.
None taught elementary grades, special education,
or ESL, and none hold certifications in these

Five of the 15 CCSS ELA work group members also
served on the CCSS math work group. Two are from
Achieve; two, from ACT, and one, from College

One member of the work groups has a BA Šread more at

and see that attachment to this note.

Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core


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