Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Common Core Fails American Schoolchildren

All things considered, and especially considering the current pandemic, a story like this will surely be buried. In truth, since it makes the Obama-Biden Common Core education reform look bad, it would have been buried no matter what.

The important point is this: Common Core has damaged educational opportunity for American children. Thanks to Common Core, both math and reading scores are dropping across America. Link here.

Heck of a job, Barack:

A study released Monday by the Boston-based Pioneer Institute reveals a historic drop in national reading and math scores among U.S. students since the adoption of the Common Core Curriculum Standards a decade ago.

“Nearly a decade after states adopted Common Core, the empirical evidence makes it clear that these national standards have yielded underwhelming results for students,” said Pioneer executive director Jim Stergios in a statement. “The proponents of this expensive, legally questionable policy initiative have much to answer for.”

It’s worse for low income children:

Performance in reading and math since the adoption of Common Core has especially declined in the nation’s lowest-achieving students – many of whom come from low-income families and failing public schools – widening the achievement gap and creating further inequality.

Supporters of Common Core, however, touted the Obama-era federally incentivized standards would be “rigorous” and also “level the playing field.” The Common Core State Standards Initiative boasted that the standards are “important” because:

[h]igh standards that are consistent across states provide teachers, parents, and students with a set of clear expectations to ensure that all students have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life upon graduation from high school, regardless of where they live. … The standards promote equity by ensuring all students are well prepared to collaborate and compete with their peers in the United States and abroad.

This story does not provide very much of an analysis of why Common Core has failed. But, if we cannot accept that it has failed, we will never be able to get rid of it.

Rebarber observed, however, that while national fourth- and eighth-grade reading scores were rising at about half a point each year from 2003 to 2013, since that time, reading scores have dropped.

“Over the past decade, there has been no progress in either mathematics or reading performance,” Dr. Peggy Carr, associate commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics, said in October 2019 following the release of the Nation’s Report Card [National Assessment of Educational Progress] assessments in math and reading for fourth- and eighth-graders.

“The lowest performing students – those readers who struggle the most – have made no progress in reading from the first NAEP administration almost 30 years ago,” she added:

Dr. Peggy Carr, Associate Commissioner, notes that the lowest performing students–those readers who struggle the most–have made no progress in reading since the first assessment almost 30 years ago. Learn more: https://t.co/EWajchXvIH#NAEPDay pic.twitter.com/9zanK5fPmv
— NAEP (@NAEP_NCES) October 30, 2019

As I noted, this story will certainly be buried by the media. 

By the way, don't think that we can just wave a magic wand and bring jobs back to America. As noted on previous occasions, we seem to be sorely lacking in the brainpower needed to do the jobs. The American school system is producing aggrieved social justice warriors, not children who can do tomorrow's jobs.


UbuMaccabee said...

But we lead the world in bustin' rhymes. That must count for something?

DocVinny said...

Well, the rhymes are busted... Can we fix them?

Steve said...

WOW, you went there.....the working stiff is too stooooopid!!!!! But you be correct. If this old fart has noticed anything.....it's the fact (yes it is a fact)that the average genome in society these days is a poor excuse for humanity.
These Mountain Dew swilling, tatted up the wazoo, skinny pants, anarchist wannabe's are not showing me the cajones needed to carry on the American legacy.


Ignatius Acton Chesterton OCD said...

Jeb! likes rhymes. He also likes Common Core.

And Jeb! loves the math of how much he spent in his primary campaign for the delegates he be got.