There has been a lot of debate over Randi Weingarten's publicly announcing that she wants to "de-couple" the Common Core State (sic) Standards from high stakes testing.
Alas, the CCSS were meant to go with high stakes testing, teacher evaluations based in part upon student test scores and data collection projects like inBloom that will track all the statistics and scores.
All three go together so that the deformers can assure themselves that their precious CCSS are being taught in schools.
Teachers who do not teach to the standards will be bludgeoned by the VAM in their evaluations tied to the CCSS high stakes standardized tests.
Parents who opt their children out of the CCSS tests will be bludgeoned by the data tracking programs that will provide the data and stats for secondary school and post-secondary school entrance for their children.
The whole system is meant to run on FEAR, meant to assure compliance for students, parents, teachers and schools through the high stakes tests.
As has been noted around the Internet, the CCSS cannot be "de-coupled" any more from the tests or the data projects than sun can been "de-coupled" from sunlight (I think Jim Horn wrote that.)
Great to hear Weingarten has gotten the message that VAM is voodoo and testing is ruining public education.
But so long as she and the other union leaders continue to take money from Gates and other deformers to promote the CCSS, not much is going to change in public education.
You cannot dismiss one part of the ed deform plan while supporting another part and get any real or meaningful change.