Blame the teachers… via EdWeek’s Andrew Ujifusa reporting from the Education Commission of States policy meeting that was held in Atlanta last week:
Zimba fended off a question from an audience member about whether the common core had been comprehensively tested in the field by saying the common core is the result of a decade-long experiment with students and how they dealt with various standards, as well as extensive research. “They’re not a pill,” he said.
When it came to actually using the standards successfully, Coleman added, “The ‘how’ remains in teachers’ hands.”
David Coleman and Jason Zimba were lead writers of the common core standards in English/Language Arts and Math. This was a simple question about whether the lack of field testing. Even a Common Core agnostic sees the problem with that.