Columnist Michelle Malkin had a point in her March 21 column on Common Core education standards, “Parents increasingly fed up with testing, and have every right to be.” She questioned whether too much of the time that could be devoted to instruction is, instead, siphoned off to administer standardized tests. But Common Core is not the cause of all this testing.
She mentioned the SAT, ACT, PSAT and CLEP tests. These tests have been around for decades. They are not part of Common Core. Common Core does not bring tests with it; it simply is a list of the things that students should be learning in school. Of course, it is important that our state (and nation) have accurate ways of measuring whether students really are learning the things that they should be – so we do need testing.
I welcome the discussion about what we are teaching in public schools and how we measure it. But I am saddened when the discussion is distorted by dishonest rhetoric.