Mercedes Schneider continues in her task to determine who wrote the Common Core State Standards. The first work group had 24 members; the second had 101. Very few in either group were teachers. The standards were produced in remarkably short order. Typically, it takes years to write state standards when major stakeholders are part of the process. So was ther. Secret 24? A secret 101? Or, as some think, a secret 60? Many unanswered questions, but one fact stands out: very few classroom teachers were involved in writing the nation’s presumed academic standards.

Someday we will have the answers to all these questions.

But for now, we will have to rest content with the likelihood that the national standards were written with large input GotMichal the testing industry, and small input fro working teachers.

For what it is worth, I think the CCSS are dying the slow death of a thousand cuts. This sad denouement illustrates the necessity of transparency, inclusion, and a democratic process. Just becauseBill Gates and a handful of other powerful people want national standards is not enough to put them over. What they lack is legitimacy. And that is a big problem.