The public education system has applied the Common Core Standard as a tool to assess student throughout the nation. But it is extremely controversial. The tests related to Common Core are often found to be harder than existing standard tests.
Many leaders in the education system find testing as ultimately the best way to see where students are progressing. But there are thousands of students, family and teachers who do not agree with the Common Core Standards and testing. This controversy has caused a deep division within the education system.
The following reasons are the main ones why pro-Common Core people stand in agreement with it these standards, according to the article The Trouble with Common Core. (Click here to read more).:
- They believe it develops critical thinking skills.
- It offers a student-centered teaching style.
- It raises the expectation for academics.
Although these are key elements, there are teachers, students and parents who argue that these tests are not effective.
In a compromise gesture, parents are given an opportunity to allow their students to opt-out of the test. As a result of this option last year, 200,000 students in New York “opted out” of the testing. With so many opting out, educators question whether the test will be effective due to the growing number of students not involved.
According to Frederick M. Hess in the article Opt-Out, more states, such as New Jersey, California and Colorado, allow parents to have their students opt-out. (Click here to read more.)
The Washington Post released an article that questioned the problems with the content specifically third graders are required to understand and engage within in order to accomplish the goals Common Core has for the grade level. In the article it addresses the previous year’s test in the area of English Language Arts.
The following display is information provided by Valerie Strauss from her article Teacher: What third-graders are being asked to do on 2016 Common Core test (Click here to read more)
Students are given similar assignment as shown below during the testing week:
Day One: Four reading passages, 24 multiple-choice questions (students darken the circles on Answer Sheet 1)
Day Two: Three reading passages (same as 2015), seven multiple-choice questions (students darken the circles on Answer Sheet 2), two short-response questions (students write answers directly in Book 2.) one extended-response question (students write answer directly in Book 2).
Day Three: Three reading passages (same as 2015), 5 short-response questions (students write answers directly in Book 3) and one extended-response question (students write answer directly in Book 3).
This is debate is drawn right here if this is actually beneficially for student to produce and provide so much information.
At the beginning of this article I stated one of the positives of the Common Core is it requires critical thinking. Is the state accomplishing and teaching students critical thinking or are they teaching students how to test? The Common Core controversy will not be resolved until this basic question is answered.