Monday, April 29, 2013

Does the common core deserve credit for kindergarten readiness gains?

Sent to the Baltimore Sun, April 29, 2013
It is premature to attribute gains in kindergarten readiness to basing pre-K on the common core, introduced two years ago. (“City's revamped pre-K showing promise,” April 27). 
Contrary to the Sun’s statement, the rise in readiness scores was not “unprecedented.” Examination of the data, available from a Baltimore City Schools press release (March 27) shows that the 4% gain seen from 2011 to 2012 is part of a general trend of increased readiness test scores in since 2007 for all children entering kindergarten in Baltimore, whether enrolled in common core aligned pre-K or not. 
In fact, most of the gains in non-common-core aligned pre-K programs were larger than those seen in common-core pre-K programs
Stephen Krashen
City's revamped pre-K showing promise

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