While it may be at a snail’s pace, state officials are moving toward reforming how the Common Core State Standards Initiative is implemented.
“This fall, more states will be releasing test scores on new assessments aligned to high standards”. The highest scorer in English among similarly sized districts was San Ramon Valley Unified in Danville, at 81 percent.
The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress tests were given in grades three through eighth and in 11th grade.
The state stumbled badly in rolling out the Common Core program, and parents joined teachers in protesting it. The number of students who have opted out of taking the annual tests has risen sharply. But despite wide media coverage on confusing test questions and faulty test implementation, Oldham argues that regardless of early challenges the standards are raised to better prepare children for college and career.
Since then, he has spared no effort or expense in trying to change the course he helped set for our students and teachers. Every state will eventually review the Common Core standards, and states will make tweaks and changes.
Teachers taught and students learned based on the new standards.
Dissatisfaction with Common Core standards has proliferated in the 44 states that adopted the problematic standards in order to receive promised federal education funds.
“The state legislatures in Missouri and North Carolina recently passed laws allowing parents and teachers to develop new standards to replace Common Core“, the HSLDA attorney reports.
Yet lawmakers in a handful of other states have had a more hard time weeding Common Core standards from public school curriculum. Nine additional states and the District of Columbia used PARCC assessments and plan to release scores in the coming weeks.
“Unfortunately, the Common Core standards could harm homeschooling by undermining the academic flexibility that has been a hallmark of the movement throughout the years”, explains Estrada, who was homeschooled as a youth.
He sued the U.S. Department of Education, accusing it of manipulating $4.3 billion in federal grant money and policy waivers to illegally pressure states to adopt the English and math standards and associated testing.
In August 2014, state district court Judge Todd Hernandez lifted Jindal’s contract suspension and said the Jindal administration didn’t provide any evidence to support the governor’s claims that contracting law was violated. That was also the same piece of legislation that included language to defund PARCC entirely in the state, making Ohio one of the latest states to dump its Common Core test.