More from Common Core Validation Committee member, Sandra Stotsky (HT: Pioneer Institute). She refused to sign off on the standards because they were so bad; something Common Core proponents insist never really happened, lol. To see her recent video, go here.
Wanted: Internationally Benchmarked Standards in English, Mathematics, and Science 08 May 2013, by Sandra Stotsky
The many flaws in Common Core’s standards are finally beginning to be discussed in state after state, especially the damaging expectation that all American high school students should be prepared for college, whether or not they are willing or able to do the reading that college coursework requires. The hidden problem with such an expectation is that it can be achieved on tests of college-readiness only when empty skills (e.g., find the main idea) are applied to non-demanding texts and when performance tasks are subjectively evaluated (e.g., how well does Jamie show “critical thinking” or collaborate with peers when solving a problem). That is why Common Core’s standards were intentionally not internationally benchmarked. Other countries expect “college-ready” students to know a lot of mathematics and science content, and to read well beyond the grade 6 level.
…How do I know the goal of international benchmarking was abandoned by CCSSI? As a member of Common Core’s Validation Committee from September 2009 to August 2010, among the criteria I was asked to sign off on in May 2010 was whether Common Core’s standards were “comparable to the expectations of other leading nations.” Despite making regular requests since September 2009 for evidence of international benchmarking, I received no material on the academic expectations of other leading nations in mathematics or language and literature. I was one of the five members of the 23-member committee who declined to sign off after examining the final version of the standards.
…Apparently, national legislators and self-appointed central planners, among others, are so mesmerized by the idea of having uniform standards that they do not believe this country needs internationally benchmarked English, mathematics, and science standards. A reasonable case can be made for standardizing academic expectations across all states and using the same tests to enable us to compare results. But the lack of international benchmarking cannot be justified. Nor can the attempt by CCSSI and its supporters to pretend that Common Core’s standards were internationally benchmarked.
Having national standards that are lower than those of our international competitors will lead to:
*an increase in the number of students unprepared for authentic college-level coursework in our public colleges, with no remedial coursework allowed for them (they will be, after all, “college-ready”).
*an increase in the number of well-prepared foreign students in our selective colleges, public or private
*a reduction in the number of mathematically and scientifically able native-born students potentially eligible for positions in agencies related to national security and defense
*pressure on all public colleges to lower their admission requirements
*a general expectation that everyone should go to college and at public expense
*a drastic decline in the worth of a college degree
What’s laughable is that Common Core supporters who refuse to thoroughly vet this albatross, give those consequences as reasons to support it. What they can’t or won’t see is that like all other progressive policies, Common Core will yield the very opposite of its ostensible intent..