"Common Core testing prepares our students for what they’ll face as adults: pointless stress and confusion."
Okay, I’m going to say this again. And I will say it every time this appears on my dashboard because if you are tired of people speaking poorly of education and teachers than you need to stop also. You need to understand the common core and the politics around it because it is your job to.
There is no such thing as “Common Core Testing.” The Common Core are learning standards. A standard is a level of quality and is used to gauge learning by setting a bar that is the expected level a student should reach.
To gauge learning you need to assess a student’s performance, skills, and knowledge. An assessment is any way to collect information about students, curriculum, schools, etc. to help make a decision on things like effectiveness of lesson or how well a student understands a concept.
(Kudos to you if you are still reading!)
Thus, a standard is not an assessment. We need assessments to gauge student learning in relation to a standard. If the assessment does not assess the objective or standard then that is an invalid assessment and the result will not be reliable. Thus, the teacher can make no valid interpretation of the results.
So, yes, standardized tests are going to assess the common core standards. They have to. The fact that these tests are standardized and have high stakes for teachers has nothing to do with the common core. Programs such as Race to the Top are causing states states to push the standardized assessments. Why? MONEY. They must adopt the assessments as well as the standards to get the money.
Want the plain and simple? Common Core Standards, don’t worry about them. Standardized state assessments on the other hand, we could do without.
Common Core Standards are being PUSHED by text book companies to make a few more bucks with NOW ALIGNED WITH COMMON CORE STANDARDS textbooks, tests, test prep, RtI curriculum, etc.
Except they are mediocre standards at best and at least in the K-3 aren’t always developmentally appropriate. For example, they leave out patterning in K all together. I know a few high school teachers that aren’t fans. The new common core standard idea I think came about BECAUSE of this atmosphere of standardized tests we’ve come to know. I don’t think if there wasn’t such an emphasis on the tests that Common Core would have been created in the first place.