With conflicts occurring nationwide over the Common Core test last year, 2015 will become a pivotal year in determining just what will happen with the federal education standards. While some argue that the public backlash against the Common Core test settled down in late 2014, the fight raged on in many states including Tennessee, Mississippi, West Virginia, and North Dakota. Vox.com ran an article about Why 2015 is a Crucial Year for Common Core;
This spring, hundreds of thousands of students will be tested against the standards for the first time. How those students fare, and how parents and teachers react, will be crucial to the Common Core’s future.
And when the test results come in, they probably won’t be good.
The article cites Kentucky as an example of a state that rolled out the Common Core test in the least objectionable way. Kentucky started the Common Core test prior to it becoming a political hot topic, they informed parents that they would see their students test scores drop at first, and they are not using the scores to evaluate teacher performance. However, most states have not followed that path and parents are much more likely to be taken aback by low student test scores.
I will also add that there are several other serious concerns. Will our children be subject to embedded corporate advertising? Will questions attempt to push a specific agenda? How many more good teachers will move on from their careers because of the Common Core test? Nothing good at all will come about our students personal data being shared with the federal government. While Kentucky may have rolled out the Common Core test correctly, there are still a great many structural issues with the test, and with the federal government’s involvement in testing that leave millions of us unsettled.
With serious questions arising about how Common Core is data mining our children, southern states are preparing to back out on the federal K-12 standards in education. This is an issue for moderates, liberals and conservatives. Here at Take Back Your Classrooms, we are going to give people a nonpartisan perspective on this educational crisis, and hopefully a way out. If enough of us make noise, at the right time, to the right people, then I believe that we can force our lawmakers to remove this cancer from our children’s lives. Join us, and let’s take back our classrooms!