Sent to me by a reader, this article poses some interesting questions with the main one being where will continued funds come from for these expensive tests? The author, Mike Rose, has bought the idea that Common core contains ‘rich, complex thinking’, but aside from that buy in take a look at what he says about testing.
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“there is a lot of faith being put into the development of assessments for Common Core, but the fact is that we don’t have the testing technology that can validly measure many of the kinds of rich, complex thinking that is at the heart of Common Core. It is very much an open question as to whether or not we can develop such tests—at least in the ways that would mesh with high-stakes, broad-scale accountability. One illustration of my concern is the brief writing sample that is part of the current assessment plan. The sample will be scored by a computer, based on certain semantic and syntactic features in the writing. It’s doubtful that this approach gets to “deep learning” rather than simply providing a count of the features a computer can detect. Then there is the issue of funding. The initial money for Common Core came from philanthropies and in various ways through Race to the Top. It will not last, so where will the resources come from to maintain Common Core? Policy makers hope that the market will take over as publishing and testing companies assume the expense and risk of full-scale implementation. But markets easily put profits over educational interests, and that basic truth has generated some of the deepest suspicions about Common Core. There is big money to be made if you have most states adopting one accountability system rather than state-by-state systems. We live in a capitalist economy, so the publishing and testing industries are simply a part of mass education, and have been for some time. But critics point to the scale of the Common Core enterprise; the monopoly that a few megacorporations will have on curricular materials and assessment; the fact that some of the philanthropies that contributed to Common Core are connected to high-tech companies that could also profit; and the recent appointment of the chief architect of Common Core, David Coleman, to the head of the College Board with plans of revising the SAT to reflect the standards he created. If Occupy Wall Street activists set out to write a screenplay about all this, they couldn’t be handed better material”
Now, read here about the Common Core Testing Cabal who doth protest too much.