The American Spectator opines:
The Common Core standards, and the Obamites’ hijacking thereof, will soon explode into a big issue, I predict.
Jay Matthews in the Washington Post covers the transitional chaos:
Heverly appreciated their behind-the-scenes revelations from Sacramento. But the session materials jarred him. They said that the Common Core standards, agreed to by the District and 45 states (including California and Maryland, but not Virginia), would be “internationally benchmarked so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society.”
“Here I go,” Heverly said, “more freaking multiple choice tests so we can compete with the Chinese.”
He got a bigger shock. He did not know the California state tests would expire in 2014 and be replaced by new tests based on the Common Core. Fong and Gettone said the state has set to work on writing the new tests for 2015. Those tests, Heverly said, “allegedly will be quite different from the ones we’ve been using for over 10 years.”
There will be no new textbooks aligned with the new standards and tests until 2017, he was told, because the state has no money at the moment to pay for them. There will be supplementary materials, their nature and quality unclear.
Kansas State School Board Member issues a prescient warning:
Walt Chappell told the Republican Wichita Pachyderm Club that the core standards will be a worse drag on schools than the controversial “No Child Left Behind” testing mandates in place now.
He called common core standards “No Child Left Behind on steroids.”
“Unless we push back … this is going to be a problem that will take years, decades to recover,” Chappell said.
In the Boston Globe, Jim Stergios takes the increasingly isolated Checker Finn to task for each of the arguments he deploys in favor of his increasingly isolated support for the Common Core:
1. Don’t worry about the quality of the standards, amending them, etc. Checker starts in his usual way by calling people who disagree “zealous assailants” (we were kvetchers a few handwaves back) who have mounted “ceaseless attacks” creating a “tempest in a highly visible teapot.” I suppose he is referring to Pioneer’s four studies (1, 2,3, 4) on the quality (or lack thereof) of the national standards.
2. We the DC People working on the national standards are all of good will and working hard to implement these things. Yup, OK. I do have reservations about the intentions of some, but let’s not go there. What is worth stating clearly though is that Checker and the folks in DC pushing this aren’t serious about upholding the public trust and in devising policy in a responsible and publicly accountable way. Big words, I know. Here are the facts to back my view up.
The entire article is a must-read. Stergios makes quick work of Finn.