Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Common Core Assessments - Reality

Two states are leading the charge to reality - first Kentucky used common core assessment and now Georgia has provided a look at common core student performance.

The not so shocking news - only 40% of our students are actually proficient. The first step in solving a problem is identifying the problem and this initial assessments will help these states start moving students towards proficiency faster.

Unless education leaders lose their collective will and water down the cut scores - then we will go back to hiding the truth.

Common core gives us the unique opportunity to really understand what is working and not working, to give teachers the resources that have a real impact on student learning and finally improve education. A lot to ask of one sweeping change which is being attacked by the New Defenders of the Status Quo - the right wing.  Crazy that they use to rail against unions and educrats as defenders of maintaining the current broken system. Yet here they are taking up the mantle!

So congratulations to Georgia and Kentucky - I know Tennessee is next with a big modification to their assessments that will be taken the end of this year.  Incredible pockets of change that will ultimately help students.