Friday, March 13, 2015
Education commissioner: Our new Common Core tests are wonderful
But make no mistake about it. It is Common Core and by selecting Margie Vandeven as commissioner of education, our state Board of Education has told us that no matter what the state legislature does, we are doubling down on Common Core.
Missouri will shift from the MAP tests it has used for the past couple of decades to the new tests, which are praised by Vandeven in the video.
"These tests are asking more of the kids," she said, and she also notes that for the first time all statewide standardized tests are being done on computer, which she then illustrates by showing video interviews of children who just love taking tests on computers.
What she does not say is that this decision to put all tests on computers has placed an enormous burden on Missouri taxpayers. Many schools have had to spend tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars to add computers, most of which would probably not be needed otherwise.
Sadly, this media manipulation, which I have written about extensively when it comes to the Joplin R-8 School District, is also alive and well at the statewide level.
Vandeven also warns us, in a genial tone, that scores will go down because they are asking more of the students.