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April 30, 2013


Interesting that you state "...has centered around a sort of purposeful misreading of the federal government's involvement in the Core". I would argue that your purposeful misreading of the fact that it was initiated by the National Governors' Association and a group of state school superintendents is as bad as what you are claiming the republicans are doing. Achieve Inc was mostly behind this with the funding of the Gates Foundation and they used NGA and the CCSSO, who are by the way trade organization with no legal authority to write national standards, to introduce their work. This then gave Arne Duncan, yes the DoE, the opportunity to claim it was state driven, a claim you echo without facts. Misreading indeed.

Governor Bush and Mr. Coleman are right: until Americans see where their own individual children and students stand in relation to other children of the same age around the world, they will continue to believe that their kids are all right, when in fact American parents are usually too comfortable (and uninformed) about the relevant reality. This does not mean that the test results shouldn't constitute merely one (important) facet of a more holistic view of each student, or that we shouldn't be reducing the pressure that young children, and their teachers, have been receiving on account of statewide tests -- we should; but the worst possibility of the three mentioned, that states might lower passing scores, which are fundamental to the establishment of standards, and which has happened not just around our country but in other ones as well around the world, needs to be prevented; and a nongovernmental, impartial body, acting in a manner similar to the OECD for PISA or the IEA for TIMSS, can help us to achieve that.

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