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"Common Core testing prepares our students for what they’ll face as adults: pointless stress and confusion."

STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report (via inothernews)

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.  

(via aredhat)

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.

So every once in a while I have to go to these district science meetings


And at first it was like “Next Gen Standards coming soon” and we all panicked like “Oh no, what do we do?!” And SC said, “No, those science standards have too much science” Phew…

Then they said, “We’re going to have new standards just like Next Gen but without evolution” and we went, “Oh no, what do we do?!” But SC said, “No, those are still a little too science-y.” Phew.

Then then said, “We’re getting new standards, they’re closer to out old standards, but some things are moving around and there’s still some engineering,” and we said, “That’s not so bad. It’s a small adjustment but we can do it. But SC said, “I don’t think ready yet for these new standards. There’s things being changed in these.”

So they said, “Just kidding. We’re sticking with our old standards and our old state test, but we’ll still try to do more with engineering,” and with nothing actually getting accomplished, the state was pleased.

The End

If you had any doubts about the people in charge of changes in education, this should make you feel better.

Idaho Statesman: Idaho lawmakers to decide on science requirement

BOISE, Idaho — State lawmakers will have final say in whether Idaho scraps a requirement that high school students pass standardized tests in science before they graduate.

A plan to dump the requirement is set to go before the 2011 Idaho Legislature, which convenes in January.

Public schools chief Tom Luna says science classes vary from district to district and students are only tested twice - in the 5th- and 7th-grades - before it really counts.

Luna’s office confirmed that the state Board of Education last week approved removal of the science test as a graduation requirement, starting with the class of 2013. Luna’s department was directed to create end-of-course assessments in science that students will have to pass to graduate.

Now What? Imperatives and Options for Common Core Implementation and Governance

This Fordham Institute publication—co-authored by President Chester E. Finn Jr. and VP Michael J. Petrilli—pushes folks to think about what comes next in the journey to common education standards and tests. Most states have adopted the “Common Core” English language arts and math standards, and most are also working on common assessments. But…now what? The standards won’t implement themselves, but unless they are adopted in the classroom, nothing much will change. What implementation tasks are most urgent? What should be done across state lines? What should be left to individual states, districts, and private markets? Perhaps most perplexing, who will govern and “own” these standards and tests ten or twenty years from now?

I do think having standards across state lines is a good thing, but I do wonder what this means for standardized testing and what it does to my craft.  I hope it doesn’t push teachers to teach to the test even more.  We need thinkers, not parrots.

Ohio Resource Center

Like websites based in other states, this webpage has resources that could be aligned to many other state’s standards.  This particular website focuses on math, science, and reading.  There are lessons, discussion boards, information on texts you can use in the classroom, ideas for centers, and more.

Best Evidence Encyclopedia

What works in education? The Best Evidence Encyclopedia (BEE) presents reliable, unbiased reviews of research-proven educational programs to help:

POLICY MAKERS use evidence to make informed choices.

PRINCIPALS choose proven programs to meet state standards.

TEACHERS use the most powerful tools available.

RESEARCHERS find rigorous evaluations of educational programs.

    …because all children deserve the best in education