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Gates Says It Still Supports CCSS, But No New CCSS Grants Yet in 2016

June 1, 2016

On May 23, 2016, Gates Foundation CEO Susan Desmond-Hellman broadcast the Gates intention of pushing onward with trying to implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Pennsylvania teacher and blogger Peter Greene offers some insightful and entertaining commentary on Desmond-Hellman’s Gates-behalf declaration of fidelity toward pushing CCSS down the throat of the American public school classroom.

One stat that Desmond-Hellman cites is as follows:

For too many students today, the bridge to a prosperous and fulfilling life is obstructed and uncertain. In 2015, the ACT Condition of Career and College Readiness study revealed that only 40 percent of students met three of the four college-readiness standards across English, reading, math, and science. And performance was much lower for students of color.

The problems with narrowing educational (human?) value into “college readiness” aside, even ACT is clear that it has not scrapped its own definitions of “college and career readiness” in order to unquestioningly align with CCSS:

The finding that ACT Aspire assessments adequately assess many but not all of the priority content reflected in the Common Core standards is not surprising. Unlike other assessments included in the study, ACT Aspire is not and was never intended to measure all of the CCSS. Rather, ACT Aspire is designed to measure the skills and knowledge most important in preparing students for college and career readiness. This is a significant philosophical and design difference between ACT Aspire and other next generation assessments. ACT has made the choices we have to align with college and career readiness standards, rather than specifically to the Common Core, and we intend to keep it that way. [Emphasis added.]

Desmond-Hellman’s tossing out the “40 percent” ACT stat only shows that as CEO of the major CCSS funding source, she did not do her homework on ACT and just assumed that ACT’s usage of the term “college and career ready” must mean that ACT is lock-step, CCSS aligned–which really shows that the term “college and career ready” has lost its usefulness and should be scrapped.

But here is a more important and amazing issue in light of Desmond-Hellman’s declaration that the Gates Foundation intends to plow forward with force feeding America CCSS:

It is June 1st, and the Gates Foundation has yet to pay out a single CCSS grant in 2016.

I first noticed this a month ago, on May 04, 2016.

So, what we have here is a disconnect between the official Gates news byte on CCSS and the actual Gates payout.

Not since CCSS was officially released in June 2010 has Bill Gates’ foundation gone five months without shoveling CCSS cash in some organization’s direction.

I don’t think he has the brass to say publicly that he has grown tired of CCSS, but when I see that his foundation has gone for five months without issuing a single new CCSS grant, I’m thinking that is the case no matter what his CEO officially broadcasts.

bill gates shrug  Bill Gates


Coming June 24, 2016, from TC Press:

School Choice: The End of Public Education? 

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Stay tuned.



Schneider is a southern Louisiana native, career teacher, trained researcher, and author of the ed reform whistle blower, A Chronicle of Echoes: Who’s Who In the Implosion of American Public Education.

She also has a second book, Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?.

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  1. Laura H. Chapman permalink

    Mercedes. See my post on Diane Ravitch’s blog. You are correct on dates of awards, but there were quite a few 2015 awards with a spillover into this year and beyond.
    The college and career fixation continues, with test scores still tossed around as if definitive… with zip understanding of the financial issues facing this generation.

    • Hi, Laura. I realize the 2015 grants continue to pay into 2016, but it is noteworthy that the Gates trend of issuing CCSS grants continually is at a standstill.

      • Laura H. Chapman permalink

        Agree, looks like the Clinton Foundation is picking up on the college and career meme, also pay-for-sucess and social impact bonds to address social issues.

  2. Sandra R Stone permalink

    “The dream is finally arriving. This is what it has all been leading up to.” It’s AI now. Can it be that the attempt to program and standardize human intelligence via Common Core is just another failed stroke of genius -a fleeting interest – hitting his scrap pile?

  3. leonie haimson permalink

    The only listed Gates US grant in 2016 for K12 education so far is $15,408,198 for the CCCSO — one of the primary pushers of Common Core, so I’m not sure this means much. It may also be that they simply haven’t posted their recent K12 education grants in a while.

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