APP Urges Action: Congress Is Waging a War on Privacy

Washington, D.C. – Privacy of students and other American citizens is under assault in Congress. Two bills – the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEPA) (H.R. 4174; S. 2046) and the College Transparency Act (CTA) (H.R. 2434; S. 1121) – would erect lifelong surveillance and tracking … [Read more...]

U.S. Department of Education Data System Riddled With Vulnerabilities For Students

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) has been pushing, bribing, and otherwise “incentivizing” states to expand their student data systems to track students from preschool through the workforce. Using this data, USED claims, can transform education to ensure that each child develops into the type … [Read more...]

Does Common Core hurt minority students the most?

Proponents of the Common Core national standards have claimed from the beginning that a major goal of the initiative is to reduce the “achievement gap” between white and minority students. Common Core test scores in California and New York suggest that the opposite is occurring. And now we have … [Read more...]

College Professors Getting Upset About Common Core

College professors are joining the ever-growing ranks of those opposed to the Common Core educational standards. Common Core math standards have drawn the ire of math professors in Kentucky's public universities, write Jane Robbins and Emmett McGroarty in the Federalist. Both Robbins and … [Read more...]

Alexander, Murray Bill Tightens the Screws of Mandated Assessments

Parents across the nation are in open revolt against the testing mania that has seized public schools under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Common Core national standards. In some states, thousands of students — 200,000 in New York alone — are refusing the “mandatory” assessments. One would … [Read more...]

Eminent Scholars Blast Nationwide U.S. History Program – OpEd, The Federalist

Larry Krieger is a retired, award-winning Advanced Placement history teacher, and an AP exam coach. Jane Robbins is a senior fellow for the American Principles Project. Last year, we sounded the alarm against the “dramatic, unilateral change taking place in the content of the College Board’s … [Read more...]

OpEd: The Fix Is In For AP Courses

When controversy erupted a year ago about the lack of balance in the College Board’s new AP U.S. History (APUSH) Framework, the College Board initially dug in its heels and stubbornly defended the new course. But the tone has changed. Now that it’s clear the critics of the framework are serious … [Read more...]

Data Collected in Common Core Used to Track Student Twitter Activity

Many parents are unaware that the new assessment industry tools can gather personal data on students without them even being aware of it. Even opting students out of standardized tests may not help prevent educators from collecting personal data on your child. Jane Robbins of the American … [Read more...]

Pearson Using Personal Data to Spy on Students Online – Jane Robbins OpEd

The student-privacy blogosphere has been atwitter (so to speak) over recent revelations that students’ social media posts have been monitored in connection with the Common Core-aligned PARCC test. Originally, a local school superintendent in New Jersey was quoted as saying that mega-publisher … [Read more...]

New SC Standards 90% Aligned with Common Core

Despite media reports that the Common Core standards are “dead” in South Carolina, grassroots parent activists charge that the controversial nationalized standards are “alive and well and we are kicking and screaming.” reported Wednesday: The South Carolina Board of Education voted … [Read more...]