by Becki Gray
Former Senior Vice President, John Locke Foundation
Common core is a bad idea as Stoops has explained, argued, warned, and opined. In JLF’s Agenda 2012, policy guide for candidates, he recommends that the state just abandon the Common Core Standards altogether. And now in a Cato post, Neal McCluskey explains it this way when a sample test question asks students to prepare remarks for an elected official on nuclear power….
The fears and problems are clear: What should students be told about nuclear power—or any other contentious issue—that the tests address? Who decides? Will evaluators really just grade students on the structure of their presentations, or whether students write things with which the evaluators agree? How will scoring be consistent among evaluators? Even if consistent, how will students and parents be assured of that?