This is a very interesting story on NPR that pits one education expert against another.

On one side, David Coleman, the acknowledged architect of the Common Core standards. He thinks the standards will make all students ready for college or careers.

On the other, Karl Krawitz, the principal of Shawnee Mission East High School in Kansas. His school sends 98% of its graduates to college. He says his school doesn’t need Common Core.

Coleman: “The most important thing to know is that it was actually teachers who had the most important voice in the development of the Common Core standards,” he says.

Krawitz: “In fact, I think Common Core [is] going to set education back even further because you’re dictating curriculum,” he says, “what people are supposed to regurgitate on some kind of an assessment that’s supposed to gauge how well kids have learned the material and how well teachers have taught the material. The reality is tests don’t do either one of those things.”

Coleman: “Those kids who scored 30 percent lower, that’s the number of kids who are on their way to remediation in college,” Coleman says. “So they may have been passing previous state tests, those tests were presenting kids as ready who were not.”

Krawitz: “Kansas is struggling right now. I mean, my goodness, we’re still trying to figure out whether or not evolution should be taught,” he says.

Coleman: “Coleman says it is worth it because too many students, especially poor minority children, aren’t being challenged. “These standards are the most serious attempt this country has yet made to come to grips with those early sources of inequality,” he says.

Krawitz: He worries that the standards ran more testing. “I would do everything I can to keep Common Core out of this school,” he says.

What do you think?