Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Educational author/historian offers advice for states who opt for Common Core
Educational blogger, historian and best-selling author Diane Ravitch, in a post today criticizing Glenn Beck's book on Common Core, offers some reasonable suggestions for dealing with Common Core:
My advice to states that want to use it, who think it is better than what they do now, is this:
1. Convene your best classroom teachers and review CCSS. Fix whatever needs fixing. Recognize that not all students learn at the same pace. Leave time for play in K-3.
2. Do not use the federally funded tests. Do not spend billions on hardware and software for testing. Let teachers write their own tests. Use standardized tests sparingly, like a state-level NAEP, to establish trends, not to label or rank children and teachers.
3. Do not use results of CC to produce ratings to “measure” teacher quality. Study after study, report after report warns that this is a very bad idea that will harm the quality of education by focusing too much on standardized tests, narrowing the curriculum, and forcing teachers to teach to the tests.
4. Do not let your judgement be clouded by people who make hysterical claims about the standards or those who wrote them.