A good example of the problems with interpreting real state academic performance surfaced today during a radio talk show at WLMW FM in New Hampshire.
Michael Petrilli, Executive Vice President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, and show host Rich Girard were discussing examples of states that actually had to lower their standards to sign on to the Common Core State Standards. Massachusetts naturally came up, but then Petrilli claimed (around 24 minutes and 43 seconds into the second segment) that while California also had great standards before Common Core, those standards had not worked. Said Petrilli, California’s “achievement’s been terrible.”
Well, that’s just not right.
But you have to really understand testing data to learn what has actually been going on in California and why that state’s accepting Common Core could be a huge mistake. Fortunately, it really isn’t complicated, so if you want to learn more, just click the “Read more” link.