Third-graders at St. John Berchmans School in Chicago walk outside the school Sept. 6. Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago are preparing to implement the Common Core State Standards.
To the Catholic Sentinel:
Many teachers are receiving honors for implementing the Common Core curriculum. Their schools are getting taxpayer dollars for using it. Teachers have a right to use their own teaching methods as long as they follow a syllabus. Each school’s progress is determined by standardized test scores.
I have been administering standardized tests, grades K-12, for the past 18 years. With the quality of the material presented in the tests, this is an unfair assessment. I have witnessed a shocking decline in the educational quality of the tests. Dumbing down of America. These tests claim to measure attitudes, appreciations, and understanding, which cannot be measured.
A core is a firm inner structure. When we preface the word “core” with the word “common,” does this mean we are all going to do the same thing?
When I started administering standardized tests, there were logical multiple choice questions. The questions were presented in order of increasing difficulty. When the child began to miss every other one, it could be assessed that the student’s academic skill level had been reached.
Be aware of what is being presented to your children in their classrooms.