Sandra Stotsky: Why Did Colorado Trade in a Silk Purse for a Sow’s Ear?

The Heartland Institute has a news article on their site that highlighted meetings related to the Common Core State Standards that took place in Colorado on December 6th – one with the Colorado State Board of Education and the other with a panel discussion convened by the Pioneer Institute.  The money quote belongs to Sandra Stotsky, professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas.  See the excerpt below:

Federal grants pushed 45 states to adopt both the Common Core math and English language arts standards, which lay out what children should know in every grade.

One Common Core adoptee, Utah, formally withdrew from helping develop a set of tests related to the standards in August. Leaders in Indiana and South Carolina have also considered the step.

Though not persuaded to step away, a pro-Common Core member of the Colorado State Board said some points raised by national critics merit further investigation.

“These folks raised some questions that I want to get answers to, especially whether the standards are really internationally benchmarked,” said Elaine Gantz-Berman (D-Denver).

Panelist Sandra Stotsky, a professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas, noted that her fellow panelists before the State Board said the Common Core was not competitive with international standards. She made the case to the Pioneer Institute audience that Colorado’s previous English language arts standards were superior.

“Why did Colorado trade in a silk purse for a sow’s ear?” Stotsky asked. (emphasis mine)

Great question!  It always floors me when a state trades in their superior standards for lack-luster ones in order to jump on the Common Core bandwagon.  Read the rest.