Facebook Friend Shares a Truth about the Common Core

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From Rob Van Aken
Yesterday at 12:57pm who took the following from
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/01/18/everything-you-need-to-know-about-common-core-ravitch/?tid=pm_local_pop

“In New York state, which gave the Common Core tests last spring, only 30% of students across the state passed the tests. Only 3% of English language learners passed. Only 5% of students with disabilities passed. Fewer than 20% of African American and Hispanic students passed. By the time the results were reported in August, the students did not have the same teachers; the teachers saw the scores, but did not get any item analysis. They could not use the test results for diagnostic purposes, to help students. Their only value was to rank students.

When New York state education officials held public hearings, parents showed up en masse to complain about the Common Core testing. Secretary Duncan dismissed them as “white suburban moms” who were disappointed to learn that their child was not as brilliant as they thought and their public school was not as good as they thought. But he was wrong: the parents were outraged not because they thought their children were brilliant but because they did not believe that their children were failures. What, exactly, is the point of crushing the hearts and minds of young children by setting a standard so high that 70% are certain to fail?”

Eduhonesty: This speaks to the heart of our mania for ever-increasing testing. Never mind that the data we get tends to arrive too late to be useful and that this data does not include information needed to plan individual instruction. I will repeat the critical question:

What, exactly, is the point of crushing the hearts and minds of young children by setting a standard so high that 70% are certain to fail?