Instead of adopting Common Core Standards, which haven’t been field tested, states should adopt Massachusetts’ “stellar” standards, said Diane Ravitch in an interview with the Worcester (Mass.) Telegram and Gazette.
Once a common core is in place, she recommends no-stakes testing similar to the National Assessment of Education Progress. High-stakes tests, such as the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System and other tests used under No Child Left Behind, lead to cheating, gaming the system and inflated scores, she said.
“You’ve got to have some kind of idea of what good education is and act on it without having a whip in your hand,” she said.
People should be outraged by federal interference in state and local school decisions, Ravitch said. What should they do? “Be good parents,” she said.
“Parent engagement is like the cornerstone of academic achievement. When parents rail against the schools, they should look in the mirror,” she said, adding that while she isn’t letting schools off the hook, parents are key.
Ravitch is speaking tomorrow at Clark University in Worcester.