Rethink common core standards

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.”

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  1. Joanne,

    Thanks for covering this. One of my major beefs with these standards is that the Common Core authors–quite intentionally, it turns out–called those draft standards “career and college ready.” Yet when one simply checks what public colleges around the country require for admission, including our own California State, it turns out that those “college ready” standards would not qualify anyone for admission.

    Whatever else, the naming of these standards is intended to mislead the public.


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