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After the Rainmakers, the Deluge
|Posted By: Dick Schutz on October 24, 2012|
|The figures in the Commentary indicate that the Common Core State Standards share the characteristics of the Holy Roman Empire, which was not holy, Roman, or an empire. |
The thing is, "we ain't seen nuthin yet." The "new and better tests" are not to be implemented until 2014-15. Sample test items and sample lesson plans have been released, but the "new" items look an awful lot like the old items, and sample lesson plans do not a coherent instructional program make.
The "commitment" of all students college and career ready" is not to be met until 2020. A scenario for fielding the tests and implementing the commitment has not been presented, let alone prototype-tested.
the trajectory here is nothing new. We saw it with "Goals 2000" in the 1990's, and it was replicated again in NCLB. The only question is, who will be blamed when when the Common Core crumbles? Teachers and unions: Duck and cover. The boxes in the Commentary Figures identify the principals.
Are there alternatives to the CCSS/RttT orientation? Of course there are--with identifiable costs and transparent benefits.