Students in New York recently completed a battery of tests aligned with the Common Core and developed by Pearson.

The tests remain secret though some bootleg copies have circulated. They should be released for public review.

Although educators were not allowed to disclose the test questions, Lucy Calkins of Teachers College created a website where educators could register comments about the tests. She received over 1,000 comments.

Some of them:

Many teachers complained about the emphasis on meta cognitive skills, as opposed to understanding the meaning of the text.

Another big complaint was timing. Many good students couldn’t finish their answers and ended up frustrated and defeated.

This is quite a treasure trove, written by teachers, about the tests that will be consequential for their students and their careers.