Anthony Cody chastises Dennis Van Roekel, president of the NEA, for his enthusiasm for the Common Core standards.

Cody warns that standardization does not enhance teacher autonomy. One size fits all is not a recipe for professionalism.

He writes:

 Mr. Van Roekel seems to want us to inhabit some alternative universe where teachers can teach according broad guidelines, and high stakes tests are on hold until we somehow have perfected their ability to fully capture student learning. Yet in New York, Common Core tests were given just a short five months ago, and only 30% of the students were rated proficient. Governor Cuomo is calling for the “death penalty” for low scoring schools. Teacher evaluations are required to include test scores. There will be more pressure brought to bear at every level, and once again, schools in African American and Latino communities will be the first closed.