Schoolworks-Lab-Logo-X-Website

Common Core Steamroller

Fred Smith, retired analyst for New York City Education, has testified about the Common Core steamroller that is over-running New York State parents and students. In his testimony in front of the New York State Senate Standing Committee on Education on 10/29/13 he documents with graphs that “raise questions about the scales being used to weigh student achievement and the veracity of the [NYState] ELA and Math results.”

His graphs also show the trend lines for student scores that go down with the introduction of each new test and up again as students get used to it. But what is wild is how far down the scores went with the introduction of the Common Core. In one year, from the 2012 administration to the 2013 administration, the percentage of students in the state who were measured as proficient went from 64.8% to 31%!

This type of wild swing in test scores tells outsiders that something is quite wrong. In fact the student scores always shift, but not by this large amount. The NYState contractor for these tests is Pearson.

Dr. Robert A. Southworth, Jr.

Dr. Robert A. Southworth, Jr.

Share this article:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More from EdSpeak

Discover the tools and strategies modern schools need to help their students grow.

SEL Progress?

Students go to school to learn how to read and do math. Schools of course offer many other subjects like art, social studies, science, technology,

Read More »

The Science of Reading

Introduction: Since the beginning of educational pedagogy—the theories, methods, and practices of teaching and learning—reading has always been placed first in importance. As the oral

Read More »
The SchoolWorks Lab EdSpeak Let's Vote

Let’s Vote

I think we are on the verge of a very important election that seems to hold our current democracy in its hands. Normally, a set

Read More »

Subscribe to EdSpeak!

The SchoolWorks Lab Blog, connecting teaching to policy through research.