Common Core Common Core is a set of standards that was put in place to make sure that every student is on the same level. It was created to get students ready for college and prepare them to face the global economy. But, has Common Core accomplished what it was put in place to do? Although it was supposed to help students get a better understanding of the criteria they are learning, Common Core has not helped students learn or compete with high performing countries because there is sufficient evidence in schools across the nation.
Common core is a set of standards for English and math to teach kids k-12 “Nationwide 43 states and the district of Columbia have adopted the common core standards” -Tully. Many people oppose the standards and so do I “Republicans showed the highest opposition 76% with 38% of democrats says they oppose the standards.” -Osborne. Common core should be discontinued because instead of teaching the course, it teaches the test, there is less flexibility for teachers to adapt to how the students need to be taught, and it does not prepare them for college. If the common core standards are implemented some states will have to take a step back because their standards are actually better than the common core standards.
All high school juniors will take the SAT as their mandatory state test, thanks to a recent decision made by the Illinois State Board of Education. The state of Illinois has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as the standards we follow for both English and math. Beth Jasinski, the Instructional Coordinator for Special Education at Naperville Central, said the change is causing school administrators to shift gears. “The change wasn’t a bad decision,” Jasinski said. “It’s just that the students were always prepared to take the ACT and now with the change, the school needs to prepare for that.”
Standardized testing is very common in the United States, and has been in the United States of America (US) for more than fifty years. In today’s society, standardized tests have become the norm. They are more pressure packed and strenuous than ever. Standardized testing used to only be used sparingly, but now every child from elementary school to a college graduate school must take these rigorous exams. Standardized tests can be very helpful when it comes to positive student achievement, equal content and comparison, and helps prepare you for college.
Standardized Testing: Inaccurate or Adequate? Standardized testing is a popular tool used by a lot of schools and universities to measure the qualifications of a candidate attempting to enter a program, university, or even a high school. These tests are designed in such a way that they offer a consistent reference to school and university administrators in order to determine whether the applicant has the necessary skills to succeed in future academic endeavors. These tests usually have multiple choice questions and the applicant is awarded a grade based on a point system.
In a country that promotes the ideas of grit, innovation, resourcefulness, and growth, I find it curious that American universities are still using standardized tests as an indicator of future success in college. Although standardized tests are only one factor in admissions to many colleges, they should not be used at all because they do not accurately predict the success of students in higher educational environments. Instead of using the SAT and ACT, admissions officers should put more weight on written essays, cumulative high school grade point average, extracurriculars, and letters of recommendation when deciding admissions. Although some may argue that the SAT and ACT offer a way of ranking students without factoring in grade point average, their ability to predict the future success of college students has not been demonstrated.
The United States Common Core State Standards for Education The Common Core State Standards is a controversial subject among educators, parents and general public. What most people do not realize is state standards have been around since the 1900’S, and every state has had their own standards in the early 2000’s. Each state standard has levels or benchmarks, which state what the student should be proficient in per grade level. Most of these standards are in place for third grade through high school.
My topic revolves around the type of role standardized tests should play in college admissions. I plan to argue that colleges should put less emphasis on standardized tests when choosing the best applicants to attend their universities. Many colleges are taking the approach of ignoring standardized tests results, and either implementing new tasks or stressing other factors when considering the best applicants. Test-optional schools may require additional essays and personality tests, or examine the applicant’s coursework to determine academic excellence and degree of difficulty. The research I collected suggests that standardized tests are biased against various races and classes, GPA is a better indicator of college success, and test-optional universities lessen barriers and increase diversity within their institutions.
Some adults may find it difficult to teach children cursive handwriting, but they need to look at how far along they came from learning cursive handwriting. Some adults learned cursive handwriting over a decade ago, it would be harder on them to try and teach cursive to their children. That’s why its up to the children’s education sources. Cursive handwriting needs to be put back into the public schools. “People who talk about the decline of handwriting as if its proof of the decline of civilization” (Trubek).
1.0 INTRODUCTION Student’s academic performance can be measured by assessment either summative or formative. Summative assessments are those assessments designed to determine a students’ academic development after a set unit of material (i.e., assessment OF learning) . Formative assessments are assessments designed to monitor student progress during the learning process (i.e., assessment FOR learning) .