Smarter Balanced: Lacking Smarts; Precariously Balanced

Smarter Balanced Assessment

Mercedes Schneider dissected the Smarter Balanced cut scores. This “consortium” actually managed to make their scoring system more confusing than the actual test. Which just proves my theory all along: they know the test is crap, but they will push it through anyways so they can use data from it to push their own agenda. Parents: You don’t need the Delaware PTA to advise you what to do. Opt your child out now from this farce of an educational assessment. If our children have suffered from Common Core for this, than we all need to get together in every state and demand our politicians and state DOEs abolish this ridiculous idea.

deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog

In this time of  “public-education-targeted boldness,” the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) has made the American public one whopper of a “bold” promise:

The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live. [Emphasis added.]

There is neither now nor never has been any empirical investigation to substantiate this “bold” claim.

Indeed, CCSS has not been around long enough to have been thoroughly tested. Instead, the above statement–which amounts to little more than oft-repeated advertising– serves as its own evidence.

However, if it’s on the *official* CCSS website, and if CCSS proponents repeat it constantly, that must make it true… right?

Keep clicking your heels, Dorothy.

Now, it is one issue to declare that CCSS works. It is quite another to attempt to anchor CCSS assessments to the above cotton…

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