Losing the Ability to Compare Academic Performance Across States
The promise of the Common Core included not just multi-state standards but also multi-state assessments, but just 21 states are currently still participating in the two assessment “consortia.”
Common Core Not Dead Yet
Aided by a highly misleading New York Times article, the anti-Common Core crowd is pushing the narrative that Massachusetts’s recent testing decision spells the end for the common standards effort.
Has Common Core Influenced Instruction?
Advocates of the Common Core hope that the standards will eventually produce long term positive effects as educators learn how to use them. That’s a reasonable hypothesis. But it should now be apparent that a counter-hypothesis has equal standing: any positive effect of adopting Common Core may have already occurred.
Should NAEP Tests Be Updated to Reflect What’s in the Common Core?
It’s critical that NAEP’s math (and reading and writing) frameworks not flex with recent changes in standards, curriculum or pedagogical emphasis.
Behind the Headline: Common Core Grade Inflation
On the Knowledge Bank blog, AEI's Jenn Hatfield and Max Eden argue that Ohio's decision to lower its cut score for proficiency on the PARCC test is more likely to make the state a trailblazer than an outlier.
Behind the Headline: State Faces Testing Showdown
Next month, education officials in Massachusetts will decide whether to abandon the state's much-praised MCAS test and adopt the Common Core-aligned PARCC test.
So Far Only Ohio is Backing Off A High Standard for Proficiency
Outside of Ohio, most states are living up to their commitments to provide more honest information to parents. A key promise of the Common Core is being kept.
Do New Common Core Test Results Tell Us Anything New?
What do new assessments aligned to the Common Core tell us? Not much more than what we already knew.
Behind the Headline: Another State Redefines ‘Proficiency’ on Common Core Tests, Inflating Performance
The Arkansas Department of Education has announced that students who score at level 3 or above on new Common Core tests will be deemed "proficient," even though the makers of the test say that only students who score at level 4 or above are on track to graduate from high school with the skills they need to be ready for college or a career.
The Real Battle for Common Core Begins
An examination of assignments given by middle school teachers appears to show that most of the work asked of students does not reflect the higher, more rigorous standards set by Common Core.