In a pithy opinion piece published in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, high school junior Emily Freeman  of Winston-Salem NC, finally shed some light on what David Coleman must have meant about aligning the SAT to Common Core. He meant that they were going to change the part of the SAT where students are required to copy and sign an honor code stating they will not reveal anything about the test, and to do so in cursive.
Everyone knows that Common Core does not require the teaching of cursive. This skill has already been dropped from many schools curriculum so many high school students consider cursive, as Ms. Freeman said,  “[a] foreign language in letters from grandma. Even then, kids take one look and hand the postcard to their parents for translation help.” She further observes that the entire skill of handwriting is being dropped in favor of typing in her generation.
Unfortunately, today’s definition of “college ready” includes being able to take and score well on the SAT, and before you can even BEGIN to take that test you must currently display the ability to write in cursive for the honor code. Therefore, as it stands today, if you follow common core and do not teach cursive, by definition your students will not be college ready because they can’t fill out the confidentiality agreement with the SAT.
Thank goodness David Coleman is going to align the SAT to common core and drop this requirement from the test. Right Mr. Coleman?
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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