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You'd almost think this was a product of the Bush administration, but apparently not.
Its a win-win-win-win for corporate and right-wing politics. Change you can believe in!
The tests are onerous, poorly written from a user-interface standpoint (why are there multiple ways to select multiple choice questions? what in gods name is going on with the math answers?), and the accommodations for non-native speakers and special ed students are pretty much nil. The relevance of the reading selections is pretty limited to white middle class students (surprise), and the math questions are really awkwardly worded, and answers don't look much for solutions but assumedly a single process, when several different methods could be used to answer.
Really? There's a lot to freak out about including:
- how these standards were created (see Gates' investment of hundreds of millions of dollars)
- who wrote these standards -not a majority of educators
- the assessments are not developmentally appropriate for K-2 (many child psychologists and educators have weighed in on this one)
- the homework coming out of the standards is difficult for kids to figure out how to do (not how to get the answer but what is it the teacher wants) AND for parents to help if asked
- we are overtesting our children
- it is costing our state and our district millions to enact these standards
- and we haven't got the money our district needs from either the feds or the state. For example, every single school in this state - big or small - has to give the CC assessments on a computer. And it better have a fast system because that's what it's going to take.
YES there is a lot to worry and "freak out" about.