States worried about Common Core tests

“Anticipating that student passing rates may decline on tests aligned to the Common Core, which are widely perceived as more rigorous than most current state standards, 19 survey states have begun working with districts and schools to provide both extra assistance for students who need help passing the tests and remediation for those student who fail the exams on the first try,” notes the report. “Also, 20 states report that they are starting to prepare teachers to interpret the results from consortia-developed assessments.”

“Many states are taking steps even before the CCSS tests are administered to prepare the public, parents, and students for fewer students passing the exams,” said Diane Stark Rentner, CEP’s deputy director and author of the report. “Clearly states are concerned about what lower pass rates may means for public support for the standards in the long run.”

The report also notes that many of the responding states say they face challenges with Common Core tests, including challenges in development, adoption, and implementation of news or revised tests; providing the technology and related support needed to administer the online consortia-developed assessments; and ensuring the state education agency has sufficient staffing, expertise, and funding to implement a CCSS-aligned testing system.

For more information on states and the backlash against Common Core, read “4 reasons why the Common Core Standards are losing popularity.

Meris Stansbury

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