Joy Resmovits has posted an admiring article about David Coleman, architect of the Common Core standards and now head of the College Board.
It tells you much of what you need to know about the man whose ideas are reshaping what almost every public school students in the United States will know and be able to do.
Note that Coleman tried to be a teacher, he says, but didn’t get hired. And now he will direct almost every classroom in the nation!
Since he couldn’t be a teacher, he went to work for McKinsey, where Big Data is a religion.
Then he founded the “Grow Network,” a company that provided data analysis about assessments.
McGraw-Hill purchased the Grow Network, for what insiders say was $14 million.
Then Coleman founded Student Achievement Partners, which played the leading role in writing the Common Core standards, which received $6.5 million from the Gates Foundation for this work.
At the same time that he was writing the Common Core standards, Coleman was treasurer of Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst in its first year of operation. The board had two other members: Jason Zimba, who wrote the Common Core math standards, and a third person who was an employee of David Coleman’s Student Achievement Partners.
Now, Coleman is reshaping the SAT and the AP tests to align with the Common Core.
Obviously, Coleman is an incredibly brilliant and well-educated man. He went to the very best universities. His parents were highly educated (his mother is president of Bennington College).
Since he has never been a teacher, what we must wonder about is his ability to understand that not all children will score over 700 on their SAT, no matter how hard they try. Not all children will go to Harvard, Yale, or Princeton. Not all children will go to Oxford.
We have a federal policy today that seems to have been written by people who got very high scores on their standardized tests and lack empathy for those who can’t do the same.