Fallout: Does Common Core really get students ready for college and careers?
It’s no secret: the Fordham Institute has weighed in heavily in favor of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) over the past six years. Unfortunately, critics charge with increasing justification that Fordham seems to be straying from objective and useful research into something more like being a sales director for Common Core.
The latest example of Fordham’s Common Core activity drawing fire is hot off the press and hot into credibility trouble. Yesterday Fordham released “Evaluating the Content and Quality of Next Generation Assessments.” Fordham supposedly compares the alignment of PARCC, SBAC, and two other tests, the ACT, Inc.’s Aspire tests and the old Massachusetts MCAS tests to Common Core. But, the report uses a dubious approach to perform this process, and more importantly totally ignores more fundamental questions such as whether or not the Common Core even represents the right set of standards to do what it claims: prepare students better for college and careers.
I am disappointed in this new Fordham product, and I am far from alone, as you can learn by clicking the “Read more” link.