The Missouri Coalition Against Common Core has come out with a new button that they will be distributing at the MO GOP Lincoln Days this weekend in Kansas City.


Standards: As Russ Whitehurst, an education scholar at Brookings Institution, said in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by James Riley

The evidence is really quite strong that there is no correlation between the quality of standards that have been implemented in the past and student achievement,” he said. “You’ve got states like Massachusetts with high-quality standards and high achievement and states like California with high-quality standards and low achievement. The correlation is zero.

Testing: A 2008 study by the National Center for Education Statistics,  found no relationship between the difficulty of a state’s test and the level or change in student achievement. The current SBAC test has yet to show any validity or reliability and is not even ready yet for implementation in the state.  However, schools are still devoting inordinate amounts of time to test prep which DOES NOT mean teaching students content.

Data Collection: Data is the modern gold and our kids are being mined for the benefit of private corporations who will make a fortune then selling us all manner of “cures” for what ails our children.  Whether their analysis of the data has any validity or their products will actually deliver as promised has yet to be determined. The only thing that is for sure is that this will cost us: for testing, for curriculum, for teacher training and in personal privacy and safety for our students.

Riley provides a lot of evidence that standards are not the solution to our problem. “But the best argument against national standards may be the absence of evidence that they do any good. To that end, Common Core could join a long list of education fads and obsessions—class size, multiculturalism, per-pupil spending—that have little or no impact on learning.”

If you would like one of the new buttons, you can go to the coalition website for more information.

Anne Gassel

Anne has been writing on MEW since 2012 and has been a citizen lobbyist on Common Core since 2013. Some day she would like to see a national Hippocratic oath for educators “I will remember that there is an art to teaching as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy and understanding are sometimes more important than policy or what the data say. My first priority is to do no harm to the children entrusted to my temporary care.”

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