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Rejecting common core: A better way

The commonly criticized Common Core State Standards have received another rebuke from college instructors and workplace supervisors. In a national survey, more than 9,000 respondents said they don’t believe the top-down standards provide the skills needed for college or a career.

Among findings, the study revealed “the disconnect between what is emphasized in Common Core and what some college instructors perceive as important to college readiness,” says Marten Roorda, CEO of ACT, which conducted the survey.

In English, Common Core emphasizes more source-based writing whereas college instructors typically value “the ability to generate sound ideas,” according to the study. In math, less than half the middle school and high school teachers say Common Core standards are well aligned with college instructors’ expectations, The Washington Examiner reports.

All this is hardly surprising. In California, more than 100 education researchers issued a statement saying there’s no “compelling” evidence that Common Core is all that it’s cracked up to be. Closer to home, critics say opposition to Common Core is evidenced by the growing number of parents refusing to let their children take the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment exams.

The fix for public education is not new standards or new testing but an entirely new approach. That begins with more school choice options and the positive influence of competition.


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