Two Responses to Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors – Living in Dialogue

Nov 19, 2013 by

By Anthony Cody –

Yesterday I posted a commentary on what I believe to be major errors that make the Common Core standards project unworthy of our support. I invited anyone to provide evidence that would contradict my point of view. Thus far, nobody has done so. However, two comments came in that suggest a different approach, and since this reflects the views of many, I thought it worthwhile to share these, and invite more discussion.

The first came from a reader named jpatten, who commented:

I think what would make this piece stronger is to have actually identified specific standards and identified the problems with them. From what I understand from the piece, the issue is mostly how the standards were developed and not the standards. Also, by saying that, “I do not believe the standards themselves are significantly better than those of most states, and thus they do not offer any real advantages.” You lead the reader thinking they are also no worse than what states currently have now. This leads me to believe spending more money (time) on increasing the feedback and input may not have led to different results. From what I understand of the standards, they do not dictate curriculum or instruction. They do not specify what curriculum should be used for English learners, children from low socio-economic environments, “gate” students, or the many other factors that influence the needs of our children (when addressing the standards.) If that information is buried in them somewhere, that would be a problem for me. I agree they shouldn’t, as that is the place of our professionals in our schools. As to using some single student assessment to globally measure teacher effectiveness, that is just ridiculous. The differences in learners and the factors that influence the results of a single assessment are almost infinite. Here in California, I believe we recognize that fact, and in my experience, we have never used a single student assessment to measure the effectiveness of a teacher. Just a few thoughts on strengthening the argument…Thank you!

The second comes from a former teacher named Jennifer Gonzalez, who writes:

Anthony, thanks for breaking the issue down here. I’ll admit I have been baffled in the last few days since the Ethan Young video (TN High School Student) went viral. I have known that new teacher evaluation systems and the increased focus on testing and data have created a lot of controversy, but I didn’t realize the Common Core itself was getting the blame for it. Little did I know Glenn Beck has been crusading against CCSS for months now. I guess I’m arriving late to the party, but knowing this issue is now within the FoxNews arena, I’m scared to voice my opinion. However, I’ll give it a shot here.

via Two Responses to Common Core Standards: Ten Colossal Errors – Living in Dialogue – Education Week Teacher.

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