The Democrat Party released its final draft of the 2016 party platform that will be voted on at the Democratic National Convention this week in Philadelphia. The platform makes no mention of the Common Core State Standards, but does address standardized assessments and parental opt-outs.
Here is the pertinent language:
We are also deeply committed to ensuring that we strike a better balance on testing so that it informs, but does not drive, instruction. To that end, we encourage states to develop a multiple measures approach to assessment, and we believe that standardized tests must be reliable and valid. We oppose high-stakes standardized tests that falsely and unfairly label students of color, students with disabilities and English Language Learners as failing; the use of standardized test scores as basis for refusing to fund schools or to close schools; and the use of student test scores in teacher and principal evaluations, a practice which has been repeatedly rejected by researchers. We support enabling parents to opt their children out of standardized tests without penalty for either the student or their school.
Unfortunately the party also doesn’t say anything about student data privacy and call for the elimination of a federal mandate for testing so they do not go far enough. Also Democrats want to expand federal involvement in education through universal preschool and the expansion of Title I funds. While there is something praiseworthy in the Democrat’s education platform it also represents a missed opportunity.
You can read the entire Democrat platform on education here on pages 32-34.