Steven Rasmussen: The SBAC Common Core Tests in Math Are So Flawed They Should Not Be Used

Delaware parents: This is the test your children start next week. Please read this. When the experts say this test is bad, you need to listen! Please opt your child out today. Whether they are really smart, bad at taking tests, special needs, or just an average student. Even if they are a horrible student. Email the principal, superintendent and board members of your child’s school, print a copy, bring it to school on Monday, and sleep easily the next few months knowing your child is not taking this test.

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Steven Rasmussen is a mathematics educator and co-founder of Key Curriculum Press. He studied the mathematics tests of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium and concluded that the tests are so flawed that they should not be used.

He has written a report, analyzing sample questions, which can be found here, by opening a pdf file. 

This is his summary:

This spring, tests developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium will be administered to well over 10 million students in 17 states to determine their proficiency on the Common Core Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). This in-depth analysis of sample mathematics test questions posted online by Smarter Balanced reveals that, question after question, the tests (1) violate the standards they are supposed to assess, (2) cannot be adequately answered by students with the technology they are required to use, (3) use confusing and hard-to-use interfaces, or (4) are to be graded in…

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Kevin Ohlandt

I am a proud parent of a son with Tourette's Syndrome and several other co-morbidities. I write on this blog to educate other parents so they know a bit more about not only special education, but all the really bad things that are happening with public schools in Delaware and the USA. We are all in this together, and if our children aren't able to advocate for themselves it's up to us parents! We need to stop letting companies run our schools, and demand our children get a proper education. Our Departments of Education in our states have become weak with fear from the bullying US DOE, and we need to take back our schools!

4 thoughts on “Steven Rasmussen: The SBAC Common Core Tests in Math Are So Flawed They Should Not Be Used”

  1. But, according to DEDOE at the Dover Town Hall Meeting, “if teachers teach to the Common Core Standards, the students should have no trouble understanding any of the language in the classrooms.” In fact, it was Touchette who specifically spoke about “the sample items that teachers can use to help their students.” I guess Steven Rasmussen has schooled both Donna Johnson and Brian Touchette!

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  2. True story. Some of those parents and teachers really gave it to both of them. I feel sorry for them, because it’s difficult to make educated, informed decisions in terms of education when you don’t have any children of your own.

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