June 18, 2015

JUST CALL IT "STAND YOUR GROUND" AND LET THEM THINK THEY WON:

Meet the New Common Core (JORDAN ELLENBERG, JUNE 16, 2015, NY Times)

What's replacing the Common Core is, by and large, the same thing in a new package.

Standardized tests certainly aren't going anywhere. States that have dumped exams aligned with the Common Core aren't dumping high-stakes testing; they're just switching to new tests, like the ACT's Aspire. (Other ACT offerings include the Explore, the Engage and the Compass. Apparently standardized tests are titled by the same people who name midsize sedans.)

Frequent testing is locked in by federal funding requirements and, in many states, by accountability statutes long predating the Common Core. Just recently, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced that his administration was moving to abandon the Common Core curriculum but sticking with the corresponding state exam, all but conceding that the new standards would be essentially identical with the old.

And what about the material itself? Will new standards banish the homework problems that make Louis C.K.'s kids cry? I doubt it. The South Carolina Education Oversight Committee found that the new South Carolina math standards were 92 percent in alignment with the content of the Common Core. In other words, the math they're asking students to learn is largely the same. [...]

True, the new South Carolina standards are 92 percent aligned with the Common Core. But the Common Core was 97 percent aligned with the math standards South Carolina was using before! The term "number sentence," which the comedian Stephen Colbert mocked, is 50 years old, and the kind of problem it describes appears in textbooks from the 1920s.


Posted by at June 18, 2015 11:44 AM
  

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