Bill Gates’ foundation: We miscalculated Common Core reforms

May 26, 2016 by

The head of software billionaire Bill Gates’ foundation has admitted the agency underestimated the difficulty of transforming the nation’s public schools, as it poured millions

The head of software billionaire Bill Gates’ foundation has admitted the agency underestimated the difficulty of transforming the nation’s public schools, as it poured millions of dollars into developing and promoting the Common Core academic standards and related reforms.

Gates and his nonprofit foundation — which has an endowment of nearly $40 billion and is described as one of the world’s biggest private philanthropies — have taken a verbal pounding in recent years from parent leaders and teachers. Critics contended that new state tests based on the tougher standards imposed undue pressures on students and teachers alike, and parents had their children refuse to take the tests in record numbers.

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, wrote in a letter released this week that the organization “missed an early opportunity” to engage teachers, parents and others in a national drive to improve curriculum standards and better prepare students for success in college.

Source: Bill Gates’ foundation: We miscalculated Common Core reforms | Newsday

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