One of the selling points for the Common Core was that it would turn to great literature and drop the pablum formulaic passages of the past.

This teacher says the tests were the same old, same old:

“Seems strange that so much of the “authentic literature” on the tests seems to come from children’s magazines. Many of the stories, while decently written, don’t seem that different from passages written specifically for tests. Especially in 5th – 8th, where is the great literature?”

Other teachers said they recognized passages from Pearson textbooks, giving an advantage to those who bought the full Pearaon package.