The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in an editorial last Thursday called for Pennsylvanians to reject Common Core citing the recent ACT study that demonstrated Common Core does not improve college readiness.
In English, Common Core emphasizes more source-based writing whereas college instructors typically value “the ability to generate sound ideas,” according to the study. In math, less than half the middle school and high school teachers say Common Core standards are well aligned with college instructors’ expectations, The Washington Examiner reports.
All this is hardly surprising. In California, more than 100 education researchers issued a statement saying there’s no “compelling” evidence that Common Core is all that it’s cracked up to be. Closer to home, critics say opposition to Common Core is evidenced by the growing number of parents refusing to let their children take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams.
The fix for public education is not new standards or new testing but an entirely new approach. That begins with more school choice options and the positive influence of competition.