February 21, 2015

TEACH TO THE TEST:

New SAT, New Problems : The questions, particularly those in the math sections, could put certain students at a disadvantage. (JAMES S. MURPHY, JAN 20 2015, 9The Atlantic)

The new test will correspond with the Common Core Standards--the controversial math and reading benchmarks whose design and implementation Coleman happened to spearhead before taking over the College Board. [...]

The new SAT will focus on fewer types of math than the current version does, sacrificing breadth for depth and testing students on the material the College Board believes to be most essential to "college and career success." [...]

One problem with tying the SAT to these new standards is that it will force students and schools to play a long game of catch-up. Most states will be gradually implementing the standards over the next few years--assuming it will only take that long and assuming that any student taking the exam attends a school that is successfully using standards. At last check, 42 states are in the process of implementing the Common Core standards--three of the original participants dropped out--but they are doing so at different rates.

The desire to have your child not taught the Common Core can endure only until he posts a Washburn on the SATs.  Which is why states that are "doing away with them" are adopting them without the name.  That and they want the federal money.

Posted by at February 21, 2015 3:10 PM
  

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