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Common Core: Q&A

Posted By: Dick Schutz on August 9, 2013
Good questions! The craziest craziness is that such questions were not treated before the initiative to construct the “standards” and the “new tests” that accompany them was launched, but better now than later. Here are my “answers.”

1. Ensuring the standards won’t be watered down. The drink is not in the standards; it’s in the tests—in the arbitrarily-set cutting scores for what is misleadingly termed “proficiency.”

2. Federal incentives. The Federal Government has no plan; the Dept of Ed is presently “waivering” in a losing attempt to cling to the failed logic of NCLB.

3. Who’s in charge? No one.

So what is there to "implement"? Turns out that the “new standards” have all of the same earmarks of the “old standards” and the “new tests” have all of the same limitations of the “old tests.”

Are there alternatives to the “standards and standardized tests” logic of pre-collegiate educational improvement? Yes there are. But that’s a whole nother story.
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