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55922CAP takes off the gloves for the Common Core: Better, Fairer, Fewer Tests

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  • Leonie Haimson
    Feb 14, 2014
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      another Gates-funded group promotes the PR line that the Common Core opponents are using " cheap political ploys, misinformation, and outright lies"  though they don't specify which ones. See below message along with link to website

      see also:
      http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/education/news/2013/12/04/80426/a-guide-to-the-common-core-state-standards/
      where they offer up 14 fact sheets by state, and 7 so-called "experts" that specialize in issues ranging from immigration to LGBT issues. 


      also they link to this survey taken this summer that says that  "Two-thirds (67%) of math, English language arts, science, and/or social studies teachers in New York are enthusiastic about the implementation of the Common Core State Standards in their classroom."

      Could that be true?



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      Subject: The Promise of Common Core: Better, Fairer, Fewer Tests

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        As the debate about implementation of the Common Core State Standards continues, it is critical that cheap political ploys, misinformation, and outright lies do not distort the strong bipartisan effort to ensure students are able to begin a career that would provide a livable wage or start college with little or no remediation. These standards—which governors and educators developed and 45 states and the District of Columbia adopted—raise the bar on expectations for student achievement and will lead to better, fairer, and fewer tests for both students and schools.

      Parents, teachers, and students have long called for more meaningful tests that are more than just fill-in-the-bubble sheets measuring rote memorization—and we agree. Despite opponents' attacks, states that have adopted the more rigorous standards will be able to move beyond traditional multiple-choice tests and require students to use their critical thinking, problem solving, and writing skills. In addition to the tests themselves, the results will better inform instruction and teachers’ ability to engage students.

      To help frame this debate, check out the Center for American Progress's new fact sheet on the tests aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The fact sheet documents the current state of assessments; why the new assessments will lead to better, fewer, and fairer tests; and what the transition will mean for teachers and students.

      For more information, see Bill Gates’ piece in USA Today published Wednesday that debunks some of the misconceptions about testing and the Common Core.
       
       
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