Common Core: Myths versus facts
Original post made on Nov 30, 2012
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on Nov 30, 2012 at 12:18 pm
Will there be any continuity between the STAR test results (meaning the API) and these new tests, or will there be a discontinuity in the results so that the last fifteen years of test results become "detached" from the new tests results.
on Nov 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm
If these tests are taking over from the STAR tests then are these tests actually testing the students, the teachers, or the schools?
Many students put no effort whatsoever in the STAR tests because they know that it makes no difference to them and who can blame them? Why should they try hard on a test when they make no difference to the classes they take or the colleges they get into. This applies at elementary levels just as much as at high school.
To make a test more meaningful it has to be something that the students see a benefit from. Otherwise, it is just a waste of time as far as they are concerned.
on Nov 30, 2012 at 5:25 pm
Here is a link to the Common Core website: Web Link
Common Core is a set of educational standards that may be adopted by each state. It does not involve tests, yet. Once a state adopts the curriculum, it may develop tests to find out if the students have mastered the material.