Anthony Cody read my post this morning about why the Common Core standards fail to meet the most minimal procedural requirements for standard-setting–the requirements laid out in detail by the American National Standards Institute–and concludes that Common Core cannot be considered standards. They were written in secret. There was no transparency or openness in the process.


Another reader asked me, “so who is this ANSI?” As I explained in my original post, ANSI was established over 90 years ago by engineers and other professionals to begin the process of developing national standards and is now the accepted authority in many fields, including government agencies.


ANSI has no power to control or direct standard-setting. It is the organization that lays out the due process requirements for setting standards that have credibility and legitimacy. The Common Core effort violated almost all of these procedural requirements.


Anthony Cody documents the secretiveness of the process. That secretiveness and lack of transparency bother me, but I am equally disturbed that the Common Core does not have any means of appeal or revision. As the ANSI process explains, every set of genuine standards must have a process by which aggrieved parties may make their case and be heard, and by which those in charge may hear their grievances and make adjustments when necessary. In the case of the Common Core, there is no such process, nor is there anyone  or any organization to appeal to. We are expected to believe that the standards were written in stone and may never be changed.


So, I agree with Anthony. The absence of due process, the absence of transparency, the absence of participation by knowledgeable parties, the absence of educators with classroom experience and experience with young children and children with disabilities, the absence of any possibility for revision, invalidates the Common Core.


If you want to use them, go right ahead and use them. Consider them GUIDELINES. They are not standards.