Bill Gates said it would take us ten years to see if “this stuff” (aka Common Core and its attendant testing baloney) would work It’s increasingly clear that we won’t have to wait that long.
Right up front, I want to be clear– I could not care less about the results of the PISA or the PIRLS or any other Big Standardized Test that pretends to measure the educational achievement and effectiveness of students, teachers, schools, or nations.
But this is the game reformsters wanted to play, the game at which they promised us a win, so by all means– let’s see if they delivered.
And the answer continues to be, “Nope.”
New international testing results show a precipitous drop for US fourth graders in reading scores.
And yet, these are the students who have had a lifetime of test prep. They have been soaked in Common Core since Day One, and to an even greater extent, soaked in the discipline of using Common Core as directed test prep for each state’s Big Standardized Test.