John Thompson, an experienced teacher and historian, is convinced that Common Core will die unless there is a moratorium on high-stakes testing.
The early returns from states that have tested the “rigorous” Common Core show high failure rates, especially among poor and minority youth.
Real world, there are only so many hours in a day, and time is running out on the opportunity to supply materials, training and, above all, the supports that low-income students will need to meet Common Core standards. Soon, we will face the logistical, political, and legal consequences of denying high school diplomas to students because they failed Common Core and “Common Core-type” graduation examinations, without having an opportunity to be taught Common Core or “Common Core-type” material.
How will we respond to failure rates of 50-60-70% of more among the neediest students?
But that’s not all.
Using the Common Core test results to evaluate teachers is causing massive demoralization among teachers.
The rush to implement Common Core–without proper preparation of students or teachers, with appropriate materials, without a massive investment in instruction–has caused a perfect storm of hostility, pushback, and resentment among both parents and educators.
Students are being hurt by this reckless experiment.
I won’t name names, but I will say that I recently heard a major national figure in education candidly state that “the Common Core is dead.”
Maybe yes, maybe no.
Maybe, like a chicken whose neck was wrung off, it is still running around in circles, unaware that it is dead.
To date, the course corrections have been phony.
The standards must be decoupled from the tests.
Teachers should not be evaluated by scores on tests that do not reflect their skill as teachers, but do reflect who was in their classroom.
The standards must be thoroughly reviewed by expert practitioners in every state, including early childhood educators and specialists in teaching children with disabilities.
Otherwise, the Common Core indeed will be a footnote in history.