Unwrapping New York State’s New “Common Core” Tests–Its Contents and Costs

We have no idea what Ms. Gabor’s political ideology is, but this is an outstanding, thoughtful analysis of the Common Core tests that were given in New York this past year. It does appear the concerns about non-fiction being pushed into English Language Arts is being reflected in the testing. The Common Core assessment train wreck is fast approaching. It is our hope that parents of all political ideologies consider pushing their children to refuse to take the Common Core assessments. Imagine just ten percent (or more) of students across this nation telling their test proxies that they will happily sit their quietly, but they will not answer the assessment questions.

Andrea Gabor

Five years ago, I found myself drafted onto a New York State Department of Education committee charged with revamping the English Language Arts standards. As a journalism professor at Baruch College/CUNY, I had the non-fiction expertise that were seen as so important to developing the new standards. Although I had no experience in public schools, I was on the receiving end of the abilities and deficits of kids graduating from the city’s high schools.

As a journalist who had spent much of my career writing about business and management issues, I also had become intrigued with the corporate education-reform movement; I couldn’t resist a chance to participate, even in a small way, in the sausage making of public education policy.

The work of our committee would take close to two years to complete, with multiple trips to Albany, at a cost that must have run to several hundred-thousand dollars—if not…

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3 responses to “Unwrapping New York State’s New “Common Core” Tests–Its Contents and Costs

  1. It must be understood that the Common Core Standards are limited to skills, and avoid questions of content, especially in history. The assessments, as a result, can only focus on skills, not knowledge. Will Fitzhugh

  2. Jenny Saing

    Does that mean that there cold be a shift to restructuring the content? It seems that these educational reforms have more to do with molding the mindsets of those being educated….in the name of being open-minded and successful….but when the vast majority fail, suddenly they will be in great need to be dependent, “helped” along the pathway to success with complete disregard to establishing personal identity and being able to articulate beliefs and values, instead becoming increasingly vulnerable to the input of socialist mindsets in the name of education.

  3. J

    If our goal is to provide students with the best learning environment possible, if our goal is to make improvements in the education system, and if our goal is to give students an opportunity to be college and career ready, then we must stop misunderstanding and misinterpreting. We must recognize Common Core as merely words on a page, not the next messiah. We must honor one another and our roles in education. We must not let edu-corporations and experts paint false images in our heads. It may not be as exiting, shiny, or sexy to say, yet it must be stated. http://pointeviven.blogspot.com/2013/06/the-common-core-shift-time-and-money.html

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