Mainers at odds over Common Core standards

Aug 31, 2014 by

THIS WEEK, AS STUDENTS HEAD BACK TO SCHOOL, WE’VE BEEN TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT COMMON CORE EDUCATION STANDARDS AND HOW THOSE STANDARDS ARE BEING IMPLEMENTED.

THIS NEW NATIONAL METRIC IS BECOMING MORE ENGRAINED IN THE TESTING THAT MEASURES THE PERFORMANCES OF STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS.

WMTW NEWS EIGHT’S PAUL MERRILL JOINS US LIVE NOW TO TELL US WHY SOME PEOPLE ARE PUSHING BACK AGAINST THESE CHANGES HERE IN MAINE. áááÑ CRITICS CALL THE COMMON CORE STANDARDS COMMON CORE STANDARDS UNTESTED, UNTRIED, AND UNDEMOCRATIC.

THEY SAY, DESPITE WHAT SOME EDUCATORS SAY, THERE’S NO WAY THAT THESE STANDARDS WON’T END UP CHANGING CURRICULUMS AS TEACHERS GRAVITATE TOWARDS TEACHING TO THE TEST. SOUTH PORTLAND SUPERINTENDENT SUZANNE GODIN TRIES NOT TO USE THE TERM “COMMON CORE” BECAUSE THE NATIONAL STANDARDS ARE ONLY PART OF WHAT ARE CALLED ESSENTIAL LEARNING TARGETS IN THIS DISTRICT. SOUTH PORTLAND IS PART OF A COMMON CORE PILOT PROGRAM. GODIN SAYS THE NEW NATIONAL METRICS ARE GOOD.

“I think they are a very rigorous indicator of what English language arts and math instruction needs to be targeting.”

GODIN SAYS IMPLEMENTING NEW STANDARDS IS NOTHING NEW IN MAINE.

“It was a tweaking to make sure that we were continuing to move in the right direction.” “If it isn’t changing anything, then why are we changing it all?”

DAVID LENTINI IS A PATENT ATTORNEY FROM NORTH BERWICK. UNTIL JANUARY, HE HAD SERVED AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD. NOW, LENTINI IS PART OF A GROUP CALLED “NO COMMON CORE MAINE.” HE CALLS COMMON CORE A MONSTROSITY.

“When you put the whole package together When you realize that, one, we can’t change the standards; two, the tests are only on the standards; three, everybody’s compensation depends on the tests… then tests are going to drive the curriculum.”

LENTINI SAYS MAINE SIGNED UP FOR THE COMMON CORE PROGRAM WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT IT ACTUALLY IS.

“This is the biggest uncontrolled experiment in public school history, so we’re all guinea pigs.”

LOIS KILBY- CHESLEY OF THE MAINE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION SAYS THIS UNION HAS CONCERNS TOO.

“Teachers are being asked to do something that they haven’t been trained in and that’s always a problem.”

GODIN SAYS HER TEACHERS AREN’T JUDGED SOLEY ON TEST RESULTS, BUT HER DISTRICT IS AND SHE SAYS THAT’S A PROBLEM.

“Standardized tests have a place and they certainly do help a district see where their strengths and weaknesses are, but to think that a district can be measured only by one test is a fallacy.”

MAINE IS ONE OF 43 STATES THAT HAS ADOPTED COMMON CORE STANDARDS. ON WEDESDAY, LOUISIANA’S GOVERNOR SUED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION – ACCUSING IT OF FORCING STATES TO ADOPT THE STANDARDS IF THEY WANT TO KEEP RECEIVING FEDERAL GRANT MONEY. LIVE IN THE STUDIO, PAUL

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