Are common standards in trouble? National Journal’s Education Experts debate whether Virginia’s rejection of the Common Core initiative — “Our standards are much superior,” Gov. Bob McDonnell says — foreshadows more problems for the initiative, which is backed by the Obama administration.
Naïve educator that I am, I’ve asked many times in this forum why we can’t just use the NAEP test as our national benchmarking tool. It’s the only test we all seem to like. And it’s obvious that we’re going to continue using it to test all the other tests that are created. It is, by definition, the “capo di testi capi”, or test of all tests.
. . . Even if the NAEP were modified so that it could be given to every child in the nation, it would be difficult to prep for. Teachers would just have to teach and students would just have to learn.
The common core standards are much better than he’d expected, writes Sandy Kress, who was a Bush education adviser. States that already have high standards may come over to the core in time, he predicts.