I had not heard it in a while, but Matthew Albright quoted the DOE as saying kids have to keep up with their peers from other countries. This is an intriguing look at exactly how those “peers” are doing. This is our future America. Keep selling the Kool-Aid Delaware DOE.
“What many supporters of Common Core ignore is that the “rigorous” high-stakes testing approach that they wish to impose on our children has been experimented with in many other nations, and has been a complete failure. Once in place it dominates all instruction, turning schools into test prep factories, and students into test-taking machines.”
I’m a full-time University teacher, living and working in Japan since 1994. We had our entrance exams a few weeks ago, and part of the job for University teachers here is to mark certain sections of the tests by hand. One of the things I notice each year is that most Japanese students get 30 to 50% of the answers wrong.
Sometimes answers are close but test markers are looking for the “exact” right answer. If the student spells a word wrong they may receive half credit or no points. Why are we so strict with spelling? Because these kinds of high-stakes tests are designed to select and sort…
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