Common Core clash: AFT president fires back at state education officials

May 23, 2013 by

The head of a major teachers union fired back Tuesday at state education officials who had dismissed her call for a moratorium on stakes associated with new standardized state tests in public schools.aft

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said Chiefs for Change, a small group of state education officials, was distorting her call for a moratorium on the use of new standardized tests based on Common Core standards to evaluate teachers and students.

The Common Core standards in math and reading are rolling out across the country and will be in place in 45 states and the District by next school year. Next spring, students in grades three through 12 will be tested on the standards, which will significantly change the way the two subjects are taught.

While a majority of teachers polled by the AFT support the new standards, most said they were not being adequately prepared by their school districts.

Weingarten said states should not use test scores based on the new standards to judge the performance of students, schools or teachers until the Common Core standards have been fully implemented. She was backed by Dennis Van Roekel, the president of the National Education Association. Together, the two unions represent most public school teachers.

via Common Core clash: AFT president fires back at state education officials – The Washington Post.

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