As expected, test scores in North Carolina fell dramatically after release of Common Core data for the state.

“Only 32 percent of students in grades 3-8 were proficient in reading and mathematics in 2012-13 — that’s almost a 27 percent drop from 2011-12, when 58.9 percent of students were proficient. The overall composite proficiency score for all state tests is 44.7 percent, down from 77.9 percent in 2011-12, a 33 percent drop.”

In this country, we used to have a belief that children should be encouraged, given the sense that they can succeed. Now we adopt untested standards written by non-educators, whose only certain result is to mark children as failures.

Is this a plan to demoralize and dishearten and shame an entire generation of children?

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