The Secretary of Education says it. The New York Times says it. The President of the United States says it. So it must be true.
But it isn’t.
They all say that the Common Core State Standards will make graduates of our K-12 schools “college and career ready”
But they won’t.
I know the 42 Common Core Standards for English Language Arts really well.
For reading, those standards and the tests that assess those standards ask high school students to know the information in what they read, to objectively summarize what they read, to recognize elements of fiction such as plot, character, setting, point of view, and theme, to recognize elements in informational texts such as claims and evidence for the claims, to recognize structure in both kinds of texts, and to see how source materials influence later texts.
For writing, those standards and the tests that assess those…
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