Proposed common core standards aren’t good enough, write Bill Evers and Ze’ev Wurman on Jay P. Greene’s blog.
The proposed English-Language Arts “college and career readiness” standards “are largely a list of content-free generic skills,” while the math standards do not prepare students for requirements at nearly all four-year colleges.
This ill-advised rush to have national standards ready by early 2010 is driven by the U.S. Department of Education’s Race to the Top (RttT) $4 billion competitive-grant fund.
RTTT requires states to participate in a consortium that is developing a common set of “internationally benchmarked” K-12 standards tied to “college and career readiness,” Evers and Wurman write. They suggest setting up an alternative consortium of states that already have high standards, such as California and Massachusetts, and states like Texas and Alaska that haven’t jumped “on the Common Core bandwagon.”