Daily Dish: Breaking Down Common Core Criticism
November 30, 2015 02:25 pm
We’re back today with several opinion pieces on Common Core, focused on breaking down criticism of the standards.
Massachusetts’ decision to create its own test, a hybrid of the state’s current test, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test (MCAS), and the Common Core-aligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), was perceived as a “rejection” of Common Core by the state. The New York Times noted the significance of this decision since the state is considered a leader in education reform, and the adoption of Common Core State Standards in Massachusetts was seen as “validation of the Common Core and the multistate test.” However, Mitchell D. Chester, Massachusetts’ commissioner of education, dismissed this notion that the decision to create a new test is a rejection in a letter to the editor in the Times.