Common Core Tests Fail Our Students Again

This is a big problem for “reformers,” constantly having to litigate against states and districts to force them to comply with invalid measures and policies that have negative consequences for students and teachers alike.

Lisa's leaks - 'Madness in the Magnolias'

common-core-standards-apNew York State education officials are qualifying the newly released results of students’ Common Core-aligned test scores with statements such as “We’re in a period of transition,” and “We’ve invested millions of dollars in training to support educators to better prepare students.” In short, however, while students’ test scores showed slight improvement from last year’s results, most students still scored below the proficiency level in both math and English.

Last year, parents, teachers, and students saw scores plummet on the Common Core tests. In 2013, 31 percent of New York State students passed the new tests in both reading and math, compared with 55 percent in reading and 65 percent in math in 2012, prior to the use of the Common Core-aligned assessments.

Today, the Common Core is not only on the public radar, but the focus of a growing nationwide resistance from an unusual coalition of right-wingers, liberals, teachers, and parents…

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