Since the Common Core is doing so well in New Hampshire, opponents use New York as their example of the negative impact the standards have on students. But New York has made the Common Core part of its punitive, teacher-bashing education policy, a world away from New Hampshire.
And a world away from California, apparently.
Here, the judicious and thoughtful comments of the well known and widely respected Bill Honig about the experience in the hugely important state of California feel to me like a turning point in the Common Core debate.
Bill Honig’s testimony will become a touchstone from now on.
Many people who post on this blog–including me–have expressed grave doubts about the Common Core standards–about how they were created, funded, evaluated, and promoted, as well as their connection to high-stakes testing and evaluation of teachers by test scores. Others, including me, worry about the Common Core testing and the fact that the two federally-funded testing consortia decided to align their cut score (passing mark) with NAEP proficient, which guarantees that most students will fail. We have heard the many criticisms, but we have seldom heard a strong defense of the standards.
In this post, Bill Honig explains why the Common Core standards have won broad support in California. Bill was state superintendent of California in the late 1980s and early 1990s and is a personal friend. California has not yet implemented the testing that has proved so upsetting to students, parents, and educators in other states. Will California be…
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