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Monday, January 06, 2014

Parents Object to Common Core Tests

The media are currently filled with reports that U.S. students are scoring poorly on international tests. The Program for International Student Assessment, which compares 15-year-olds in most industrialized countries, reported that U.S. students dropped from 25th to 31st in math, 11th to 21st in reading, and 20th to 24th in science. The solution offered for these low rankings is always that we should spend more money. But numerous studies of the billions of dollars we’ve spent on education in the last decade show that money has not improved U.S. student performance, and higher scoring foreign countries spend far less per pupil than we do.

Now we are told we need a new national system called Common Core standards, but this has provoked a grassroots uprising. Parents don’t want federal control or a federal curriculum. Common Core advocates loudly proclaim that there is no Common Core curriculum, there are only standards based on which the local schools can write their own curriculum. But the Common Core (usually called assessments) are the mechanism of federal control over the curriculum because teachers must teach to the test.

New Mexico Senator Tim Keller described in a recent editorial the complaints he hears from parents who “stress deep objection to the continuing trend of out-of-state, for-profit testing companies’ intrusion into the classroom.” There’s just too much testing driven by those with a nefarious “incentive to make the case for more testing.”

Of course, tests are important to measure performance. But Common Core tests are big money-making industry and are used by the Obama Administration to control the content of the curriculum.

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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