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Goodbye, Grammar: N.C.’s Common Core-based English tests disregard grammar, spelling, mechanics, and usage

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• Contrary to the Common Core State Standards themselves, Common Core-based tests developed and released by the NC Department of Public Instruction include relatively few English language questions and no traditional grammar, spelling, mechanics, or usage questions.
• Despite expectations that teachers spend equal amounts of time on nonfiction (“informational”) and literary texts, informational text questions outnumber literary texts in five of the six end-of-grade exams evaluated.
• Although withdrawal from the Common Core is the preferable course of action, state legislators and the members of the State Board of Education can and should ensure that the state adopts a state testing program that places a greater emphasis on grammar, spelling, mechanics, and usage.

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Terry Stoops is the Director of Education Studies at the John Locke Foundation. Before joining the Locke Foundation, he worked as the program assistant for the Child Welfare Education Programs at the University of Pittsburgh. After crossing the Mason-Dixon Line,… ...

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