Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Opposition To Common Core Field Tests Grows

The New York Times (5/20, Hernández, Subscription Publication) reports that “hundreds of thousands” of New York State students who “sweated their way through some of the toughest exams in state history this spring” will now have to take “another round of exams” consisting of “field tests,” which “exist solely to help testing companies fine-tune future questions.” The piece notes that over a million students in 22 states will take the tests next year “in an effort to help develop a national exam” aligned with the Common Core Standards. The piece notes that opposition to the field testing, which is being implemented by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, comes amid growing opposition to the Common Core Standards.

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