The New Common Core test results were released on Wednesday, and parents are very angry. Presidential candidates are stating that they will roll back the new U.S. education standards known as the Common Core. Unfortunately, despite more than 50 percent of students failing the test in many states, it is one of Obama’s endeavors that is here to stay – no matter how angry parents or presidential candidates are.
“Since they were adopted by 46 states five years ago, the Common Core standards have become a symbol of Big Government overreach for conservatives,” reports Reuters on September 10. And “in the classroom, the multi-state guidelines increasingly look like they’re here to stay.”
Common Core was developed by Republican and Democratic governors and state education officials, but President Barack Obama played a significant role by encouraging states to adopt the educational standards through a $4.4 billion grant program in 2009. Like many other businesses, Microsoft Corp founder Bill Gates also supported the new educational standards and spent more than $200 million to promote them.
So it is not surprising that the Common Core includes technology as one of its major components. There is no better way to promote and sell your business than to create a need for it – and schools are a big market with a potential income of billions of dollars.
“Business leaders say U.S. schools must become more consistent and rigorous in order to turn out graduates who can help the country compete in the global economy,” writes Reuters.
However, parents are frustrated about Common Core because it does not actually test a child’s knowledge, but how it got to the answer – and how well the child is able to use technology.
“The assessments are also fundamentally different in how they evaluate student knowledge. The state’s previous Standardized Testing and Reporting program was a paper-and-pencil multiple choice test. The Smarter Balanced exam is designed to be taken by tablet or computer and is adaptive. Students must show how they reached their answers, and if they answer correctly, they get a more difficult question,” reports NBC News.
The Common Core test results released on Wednesday showed 56 percent of California students in third through eighth and 11th grades failed the English exam. Only 66 percent passed the math test. Other states showed similar results. Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a White House contender, has vowed to “repeal every word of Common Core.” Rivals Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie, both governors who previously backed the standards, now condemn them. Of 17 Republican candidates, only Jeb Bush and John Kasich are Common Core defenders.