Friday, June 20, 2014

Common Core testing: Asking the big questions.

Sent to the Washington Post, June 20, 2014

According to "Field test of Common Core exams went well, officials say," (June 19), the "field-testing" was largely about how students react to online testing and what testing experts call "item-analysis," which means eliminating tricky items. These are low-level aspect of field-testing.

There is no indication that the big questions will be asked now or ever: Is all this testing, the largest investment in testing ever made, worth it? Will it improve student achievement?

Stephen Krashen

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